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Thursday, June 22

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  June 22, 2017
2017 KDIGO CKD-MBD Guideline Update
The Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) 2017 Clinical Practice Guideline Update for the Diagnosis, Evaluation, Prevention, and Treatment of chronic kidney disease–mineral and bone disorder (CKD-MBD) represents a selective update of the prior guideline published in 2009.

Nocturnal Hemodialysis Succeeds in Pilot Project
Article from Clinical Practice Today from Duke Health.

Latest Release in Free CE Series on Infection Prevention and Control from CDC & Medscape
This is the second of a six-part series from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Medscape addressing the key issues surrounding infection prevention in healthcare facilities.

#UKK2017 - UK Kidney Week
Twitter hashtag and web site of June 19-21 meeting held in Liverpool.
Patient Perceived Barriers to a Screening Program for Depression: a Patient Opinion Survey of Hemodialysis Patients
Free, full-text, Advance Article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
Free, Full-Text Articles from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
China Kidney Disease Network (CK-NET) 2014 Annual Data Report
Free supplement issue from American Journal of Kidney Diseases. Select "PDF" links to view individual chapter content.
Article in Press Abstracts and Full-Text PDFs from Kidney International Reports:
CJASN Express Abstracts:
Free, Full-Text Articles from Kidney International:
Early View Abstracts from Journal of Renal Care:
Early Mortality Risk in Incident Chinese Hemodialysis Patients: a Retrospective Cohort Study
Free, Open Access article from Renal Failure.
Article in Press Abstracts from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
Cricket Health to Team with American Kidney Fund on CKD Education Platform
Article From Nephrology News & Issues.
DaVita Creates Division to Care for Polychronic Post-acute Patients
Article from Hospitals & Health Networks.
Fresenius Vascular Care Rebrands
Press release.
DaVita Names Mahoney Chief Medical Officer of Lifeline Vascular Access
Press release.
Researchers Recommend Specific Diabetes Medications to Protect Bone Health
Press release from the Endocrine Society.
Starch-Based 'Super Food' May Protect Against Variety of Diseases
Free, full-text, New Online article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Josephine P. Briggs, MD, to Lead the Journal of American Society of Nephrology's Incoming Editorial Team
Biofilms – The Eradication Has Begun
Articles from Kaiser Health News:
Free, Full-Text, Online First Articles from the New England Journal Of Medicine:
 


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Wednesday, June 21

China Kidney Disease Network (CK-NET) 2014 Annual Data Report
Free supplement issue from American Journal of Kidney Diseases. Select "PDF" links to view individual chapter content.
2017 KDIGO CKD-MBD Guideline Update
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  June 21, 2017
Editor's Note: Another Reason Why Non-Profit Dialysis Provider DCI Is Best
53-minute YouTube video from September 2016 KidneyWorks meeting.  Dr. Doug Johnson, chief medical officer (CMO) of DCI, speaks between 24:10 and 35:40.

Speaking on dialysis patient employment, he states:
"Honestly, we have not done a good job to make it more likely for you to be employed."
Can you imagine the CMO of Fresenius or DaVita making such a statement? DCI has also had the best mortality and hospitalization data compared to Fresenius and DaVita for the last 14 years. DCI does the right things for patients because they do not have perverse financial incentives. The only way to make major changes in Fresenius' and DaVita's operations is to change their financial incentives.
Data on Social Needs May Redefine Precision Healthcare
Article from HealthLeaders Media.

Editor's note: How much longer will U.S. nephrologists continue to debilitate dialysis patients with short, brutish, minimal treatments, as well as ignore the iatrogenic effect that these treatments have on the social needs of their patients?
Many Chronic Illnesses Linked to Suicide Risk
Article from HealthDay.
No More 'Renal Diet'—Tell Me What I Can Eat!
Article from Nephrology News & Issues.

"He began to tell attendees that European patients choose their dialysis clinic based on the meals they serve during the treatment."
NKF, HealthUnlocked to Provide Free Online Support Community for People with Kidney Disease
Press release from the National Kidney Foundation.
First Online Abstracts from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology:
Issue-in-Progress Abstracts from American Journal of Nephrology:
Researchers Call for Paradigm Shift in Type 2 Diabetes Treatment
Press release from Case Western Reserve University.
Folic Acid and Homocysteine in Chronic Kidney Disease and Cardiovascular Disease Progression: Which Comes First
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress article from CardioRenal Medicine.
FDA Warns Diabetics Against Use of Secondhand Test Strips
Thousands of Genes Influence Most Diseases
Press release from Stanford University Medical Center.
Patients Should Have More Choices in End-of-Life Care
Press release from Texas A&M University.
CMS Proposes Quality Payment Program Updates to Increase Flexibility and Reduce Burdens (of MACRA)
CMS press release.


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Tuesday, June 20

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  June 20, 2017
Healthcare Providers Should Individualize Patient Education
Press release from the American Heart Association. Article from HealthDay. Free, full-text AHA Scientific Statement from Circulation: Cadiovascular Quality and Outcomes.
"Effective patient education includes more than brochures and written patient information. It should be tailored to a patient's ability to understand recommendations to help them manage their health and control their risk factors, ..."
FTC Approves Final Order with Kidney Dialysis Chain DaVita, Inc. that Preserves Competition to Provide Outpatient Dialysis Services in New Jersey and Greater Dallas Area
Notice from the Federal Trade Commission.
Treatment Decisions for Older Adults with Advanced Chronic Kidney Disease
Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
Feeding during Dialysis — Risks and Uncertainties
Advance Article abstract from NDT.
Understanding Medication Nonadherence after Kidney Transplant
JASN Express abstract.
ESRD in Living Donors Before 1987: Obtaining Waitlist Priority
Free, full-text, Early View letter to the editor from American Journal of Transplantation.
Early View Abstracts from Seminars In Dialysis:
Graft Nephrectomy in Children
Free, First Online, Open Access article from Pediatric Nephrology.
Calcium-Sensing Receptor Genotype and Response to Cinacalcet in Patients Undergoing Hemodialysis
CJASN Express abstract.
B Braun Acquires Dialysis Facilities in Wales
Pagers and Beyond in an Era of Microcommunications—What Is Old Is New Again
Free, full-text, New Online research letter and commentary from JAMA Internal Medicine.
If Drug Companies Are Really 'Getting Away with Murder,' Trump May Be about to Grant Them a Pardon
Article From STAT.
FDA Chief Gottlieb Maps out New Digital Health Plan
CMS Publishes 2017 Edition of the CMS ESRD Measures Manual
(2-page pdf) Announcement and download page from CMS.
American Hospital Association Asks CMS to Discontinue Hospital Star Ratings


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Monday, June 19

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  June 19, 2017
What Do Patients Really Want? — Honesty and Respect First, Before Technical Expertise
(Registration required, but free) Video from MedPage Today.

Editor's note: Does honesty include the nephrologist's
financial conflicts-of-interest?
Medical Errors in Patients With CKD: Know Your Numbers!
(Registration required, but free) Szczech on Nephrology video blog from Medscape Nephrology.
Urgent-Start Peritoneal Dialysis and Mechanical Complications
Posting from the AJKD blog.
Postings from the KidneyViews Blog:
Revisiting Interdialytic Weight Gain and Mortality Association With Serum Albumin Interactions: The Japanese Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Pattern Study
Free, Open Access, Article in Press from Journal of Renal Nutrition.

Conclusion: The direction and magnitude of the associations between IDWG and mortality were modified by sAlb. Dialysis experts should take these results into account when revising the clinical practice guidelines.
Free, Full-Text Articles from Journal Of Renal Nutrition:
Religious Coping Methods Predict Depression and Quality of Life among End-Stage Renal Disease Patients Undergoing Hemodialysis: a Cross-Sectional Study
Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
Studying the Benefits of Hemodiafiltration
Article from Nephrology News & Issues.
CJASN Express Visual Abstracts:
Effects of Intradialytic Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation on Strength and Muscle Architecture in Patients With Chronic Kidney Failure: Randomized Clinical Trial
Early View abstract from Artificial Organs.
Predicting Acute Kidney Injury: Current Status and Future Challenges
Free, Open Access, First Online review article from Journal of Nephrology.
Cerebral Metabolic Alterations and Cognitive Dysfunction in Children with Chronic Kidney Disease Using Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy and Wechsler Intelligence Scale
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
Free CME/CE Courses from the National Kidney Foundation:
Lifesaving Drugs From Pfizer in Short Supply: FDA
Article from HealthDay. FDA recall notice for sodium bicarbonate.
Zytoprotec's Novel Dialysis Product Meets Both Endpoints in Phase II Study
Actor Stephen Furst, Flounder from Animal House, Dead at 63
Senate Dems To Hold Late-Night Protest over ObamaCare Repeal
Article from The Hill.
White House Task Force Echoes Pharma Proposals
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Trump Not Keen On Changing CMS' Biosimilar Pay Policies, Sources Say
Article extract from InsideHealthPolicy.com.


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Fri./Sat., June 16-17

What Do Patients Really Want? — Honesty and Respect First, Before Technical Expertise
(Registration required, but free) Video from MedPage Today.

Editor's note: Does honesty include the nephrologist's
financial conflicts-of-interest?

Medical Errors in Patients With CKD: Know Your Numbers!
(Registration required, but free) Szczech on Nephrology video blog from Medscape Nephrology.
Urgent-Start Peritoneal Dialysis and Mechanical Complications
Posting from the AJKD blog.
Postings from the KidneyViews Blog:
Studying the Benefits of Hemodiafiltration
Article from Nephrology News & Issues.
Actor Stephen Furst, Flounder from Animal House, Dead at 63
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  June 16, 2017
Three Points on Dialysis John Oliver Forgot to Make
Posting from the KevinMD blog.

Editor's note: For me, the most symbolic moment in John Oliver's exposé of what is wrong is U.S. dialysis care occurs around the 7:40 mark. DaVita's Kent Thiry is leading a cheer and among those responding is the nephrologist who is the honorary historian for the American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP). In a 2017 press release AAKP President Paul T. Conway stated, "Dr. (redacted) is a prolific and respected writer, and we are honored to have him tell the compelling history of how kidney patients have worked through the past several decades to impact treatment and chart the course for strategic patient engagement for themselves and all who suffer from a chronic disease."

I believe the biggest point that John Oliver missed is how complicit U.S. nephrologists have been with junk-credit-rating companies in providing embarrassingly poor dialysis care. Hundreds of now prominent U.S. nephrologists have become multimillionaires from these business practices. Thousands of younger nephrologists are now financially dependent on this business model. Their incomes, their medical school loan payments, their children's college funds, and their own retirement plans depend upon continuing these medically- and morally-poor business practices.

John Oliver could have also made these points:
  • Virtually all nephrologists would choose a different dialysis treatment modality for themselves than the one that the vast majority of their patients utilize
  • The largest non-profit dialysis provider has had better survival and hospitalization rates than the largest for-profit providers for 14 consecutive years
  • This field of medicine has abysmal employment and rehabilitation rates
Will U.S. nephrology continue ever be capable of any kind of effective self-examination? Will they listen to financially independent patient groups that don't fawn over them for their supposed patient-centered care?

They say history is written by the winners. U.S. dialysis patients have not been the winners.
Doctors Opposed to SB 349 (Lara) Say Bill Will Jeopardize Patient Access to Life-Saving Dialysis
Press release from NO on SB 349.

Editor's note: The Renal Physicians Association appears more concerned with maintaining the business model than improving patient care.
A Strike against Squeezing Profits from Kidney Patients
Posting from Labor Notes. Article from Nephrology News & Issues.
Study of Cardiovascular Outcomes in Renal Transplantation: A Prospective, Multicenter Study to Determine the Incidence of Cardiovascular Events in Renal Transplant Recipients in Ontario, Canada
Free, Open Access article from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.
Regional Citrate Anticoagulation in Membrane Based Plasma Exchange: Safety, Efficacy and Effect on Calcium Balance
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
How US Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler Saved Her Baby
Posting from the Chronic Disease Coalition.
Enter Renal Support Network's 15th Annual Essay Contest
This year's theme is "Describe a positive decision that you have made about your healthcare."
Patient Engagement QIA
Posting from the Northwest Renal Network.
Lawmakers That Trump Pushed Into Signing 'Mean' Bill Peeved At The President's Candid Comments
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
Pharma Companies Fight Behind-The-Scenes Wars over Generic Drugs
Article From STAT. Article from Modern Healthcare (registration required, but free).
 


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Thursday, June 15*

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  June 15, 2017
Using Patient-Reported Measures in Dialysis Clinics
Headline only CJASN Express article from Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

Editor's note: The university-based authors fail to acknowledge the enormous power of our existing financial incentives, which will continue to force for-profit providers – and nephrologists – to ignore their patients' needs and concerns and instead pursue outcomes that generate more revenue.
What Is the Role of Nephrologists and Nurses of the Dialysis Department in Providing Fertility Care to CKD Patients? A Questionnaire Study among Care Providers
Free, full-text, First Online, Open Access from International Urology and Nephrology.
Trial of Transplantation of HCV-Infected Kidneys into Uninfected Recipients
Free, full-text, of Letter to the Editor from the New England Journal of Medicine.
Medium Cutoff Membranes — Closer to the Natural Kidney Removal Function
Free, full-text, Advance Online article from the International Journal of Artificial Organs.
New Magnet Technology Creates Easy Blood Access for Hemodialysis Patients
Press release from University Health Network (Toronto). Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
The Impact of End-Stage Renal Disease in Children on Their Parents
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
Vascular Calcification and Osteoprotegrin in Chronic Kidney Disease
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress editorial and related abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
Early View Abstracts from Journal of Renal Care:
Introduction of Arteriovenous Grafts with Graft Insertion Anastomosis for Hemodialysis Access
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Vascular Surgery.
Urokinase-Containing Locking Solution in the Prevention of Dialysis Catheter Dysfunction: a Double Blind Randomized Controlled Trial
Advance Online abstract from the Journal of Vascular Access.
Elbasvir-Grazoprevir Effective Against HCV in Chronic Kidney Disease
(Registration required, but free.) Reuters Health article via Medscape Nephrology.
A New Mutation in Kidney Disease
Press release from Osaka University.
Blog: Last Month of Nephrology — June 2017
A Surprising New Link between Inflammation and Mental Illness
Aurobindo Pharma (India) Gets USFDA Approval to Manufacture Sevelamer Carbonate
Study Finds One in Five Hospitalized Adults Suffer Side Effects From Prescribed Antibiotics
Press release from Johns Hopkins Medicine. New Online abstract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
Experts: Restrictive Sharing Policies Have No Place at Medical Meetings
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today.
Rude Providers Jeopardize Patient Safety. So Stop It.
Article from HealthLeaders Media.
Dialysis Facility Compare Webinar — June 28
Notice from the Northwest Renal Network.
Controlling the Cost of Medicaid
Free, full-text, Online First perspective piece from the New England Journal of Medicine.
CMS Releases 1991-2014 Health Care Spending by State
Press release. Full-text article from Health Affairs.


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Wednesday, June 14

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  June 14, 2017
Fresenius Medical Targets $27B in Sales by 2020
Article from MassDevice.
New Book — Hundreds of Interlaced Fingers: A Kidney Doctor's Search for the Perfect Match
Book summary from TheNephrologist.com.
Someone You Know Needs a Kidney. Through a Donor Exchange, You Can Make Sure They Get One
Op-Ed from Los Angeles Times.
Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
Treating to Target in Older Hypertensive Patients: Where Is the Bull's Eye?
Free, full-text, Article in Press from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Articles in Press Abstracts from Journal of Renal Nutrition:
Association between Resistance to Erythropoiesis Stimulating Agents and Carnitine Profile in Patients on Maintenance Hemodialysis
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
Early View Abstracts from Seminars In Dialysis:
Clinical Trial Shows Traditional Treatment Is Better for Iron Deficiency Anemia
Press release from Baylor College of Medicine. Abstract from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Committee Wants Diabetes Docs to Watch Their Language
(Registration required, but free.) Article from MedPage Today.
Big Pharma Gives Your Doctor Gifts. Then Your Doctor Gives You Big Pharma's Drugs.
Article from The Washington Post.
Articles from HealthDay:
 


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Tuesday, June 13

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  June 13, 2017
Amgen Loses Its Bid to Delay Biosimilars As U.S. Supreme Court Hands Novartis a Victory
Posting from Endpoints News.
Members Of The New York State Nurses Association And Healthcare Workers With 1199SEIU Call On Global Billion Dollar Healthcare Corporation (Fresenius Medical Care) To Make Patient Care The Priority - Not Profits
Press release.
New York Nurses Travel Overseas for Solidarity in Union Fight against German Healthcare Company (Fresenius Medical Care)
Article from the NYDailyNews.com.
June 19 Conference Call: End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Medication Reconciliation and Management Technical Expert Panel (TEP)
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has contracted with the University of Michigan Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center (UM-KECC) to develop a quality measure(s) related to Emergency Department (ED) visits.
Call information:
June 19, 4:00 - 5:00 PM EDT
Toll-Free Phone Number: 1-888-296-6500
Guest Code: 965094#
WebEx Information
Expanding Access, Supporting Research and Sustaining Medicare for Individuals with Kidney Disease
Article by Rep. Tom Marino from The Hill.
Improvements in MBD Lab Outcomes Associated with Improved Pharmaceutical Care in Hemodialysis Patients
Article from Nephrology News & Issues.

"Coordinated pharmacy care of mineral and bone disorder (MBD) therapies can lead to improvements in laboratory outcomes"

Editor's note: This study – once again – makes biochemical markers, rather than life outcomes, the targets of therapy.

Isn't much of the bone disease seen in dialysis patients due to inadequate dialysis? Who owns the pharmacy service?
Collaboration Key in Winning NQF Endorsement for Medication Management Measure
Article by Allen R. Nissenson, MD and Edward R. Jones, MD from Nephrology News & Issues.

Editor's note: Did patients think this was a priority? Patient priorities get the usual lip service.
Quantity Over Quality? Minorities Shown To Get An Excess Of Ineffective Care
Article from Kaiser Health News. Abstract from Health Affairs.

Editor's note: Doesn't this concept make up a big part of the basic playbook that is used in for-profit dialysis care?
The 50 Most Active Kidney Transplant Centers in 2016
Article from Nephrology News & Issues.
35th Vicenza Course on AKI & CRRT — Vicenza, June 13–16, 2017
27-page pdf from Blood Purification.
KIDNEYcon 2017 Lectures Now Available
15 videos from the University of Arkansas for Medical Services.
Free, Full-Text, Online First Articles from the New England Journal Of Medicine:
Free, Full-Text Articles from NDT:
Acute Kidney Injury: Emerging Pharmacotherapies in Current Clinical Trials
First Online abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
New Study Finds More Than 2 Billion People Overweight or Obese
Press release from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. Free, full-text, Online First articles from The New England Journal of Medicine:
Nonverbal Communication Tool
Posting from the Northwest Renal Network.
HbA1C Overestimates Mean Glucose in Black Persons Compared with Whites
Human Insulin for Type 2 Diabetes - An Effective, Less-Expensive Option
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.us
Drug Costs Vary by More Than 600% in Study of 10 High-Income Countries
Press release from the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
Nearly 10 Million U.S. Adults Suffer from Mental Illness
High Costs, Lack of Affordability Most Common Factors that Lead Consumers to Cancel Health Insurance Coverage
CMS press release.
CMS Overpaid Nearly $730 Million in Meaningful Use Incentives, OIG Says
Article from Healthcare Finance. HHS OIG press release.


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Monday, June 12

Expanding Access, Supporting Research and Sustaining Medicare for Individuals with Kidney Disease
Article by Rep. Tom Marino from The Hill.
Improvements in MBD Lab Outcomes Associated with Improved Pharmaceutical Care in Hemodialysis Patients
Article from Nephrology News & Issues.

"Coordinated pharmacy care of mineral and bone disorder (MBD) therapies can lead to improvements in laboratory outcomes"

Editor's note: This study – once again – makes biochemical markers, rather than life outcomes, the targets of therapy.

Isn't much of the bone disease seen in dialysis patients due to inadequate dialysis? Who owns the pharmacy service?
Collaboration Key in Winning NQF Endorsement for Medication Management Measure
Article by Allen R. Nissenson, MD and Edward R. Jones, MD from Nephrology News & Issues.

Editor's note: Did patients think this was a priority? Patient priorities get the usual lip service.
Quantity Over Quality? Minorities Shown To Get An Excess Of Ineffective Care
Article from Kaiser Health News. Abstract from Health Affairs.

Editor's note: Doesn't this concept make up a big part of the basic playbook that is used in for-profit dialysis care?
KIDNEYcon 2017 Lectures Now Available
15 videos from the University of Arkansas for Medical Services.
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  June 12, 2017
Three-Stream, Bicarbonate-Based Hemodialysis Solution Delivery System Revisited: With an Emphasis on Some Aspects of Acid-Base Principles
Free, full-text article from Artificial Organs.

Editor's note: Make sure your clinic's medical director reads this article.

Your Tax Money at Work: Patients Admitted Ambulance Dialysis Rides Not Necessary
Article and video from FOX5Atlanta.com.

How a N.J. Woman Has Lived 40 Years on Dialysis
Article and video from NJ.com.
The SONG Handbook (Australia)
The Standardised Outcomes in Nephrology (SONG) initiative aims to establish a set of core outcomes and outcome measures across the spectrum of kidney disease for trials and other forms of research.
Free, Full-Text, June 2017 Issue of Clinical Kidney Journal. Articles Include:
Blood Pressure Management in Children on Dialysis
First Online abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
Asymmetric Dimethylarginine Contributes to the Impaired Response to Erythropoietin in CKD-Anemia
JASN Express abstract.
Kidney Disease Awareness: Valuable Resources for Providers and Patients
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Nephrology.
Is the Finger-Stick Blood Test Necessary for Type 2 Diabetes Treatment?
Press release from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Free, full-text, New Online article and editorial from JAMA Internal Medicine.
Amazon Poised to Deliver Disruption in Medical Supply Industry
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Modern Healthcare.
The Challenges of Providing Unbiased Care to Biased or Racist Patients
Article from STAT.
 


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Fri./Sat., June 9-10

The SONG Handbook (Australia)
The Standardised Outcomes in Nephrology (SONG) initiative aims to establish a set of core outcomes and outcome measures across the spectrum of kidney disease for trials and other forms of research.
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  June 9, 2017
One in Seven American Adults Estimated to Have Chronic Kidney Disease
Press release from the National Kidney Foundation.
Kidney Graft Success – Does Age and Sex Matter?
Press release from McGill University. JASN Express abstract.
Calculator Estimates Success of Kidney Transplants with Particular Donor-Recipient Pairs
Press release and CJASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
June 23 Conference Call: End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Emergency Department Visits Technical Expert Panel (TEP)
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has contracted with the University of Michigan Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center (UM-KECC) to develop a quality measure(s) related to Emergency Department (ED) visits.
Call information:
June 23, 4:00 - 5:15 PM EDT
Toll-Free Phone Number: 1-888-296-6500
Guest Code: 965094#
WebEx Information
Reflections on a Question: "Would You Offer Dialysis?"
Free, full-text, Article in Press and related AJKD blog posting from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
The Kidney Donors Journey: 100 Questions I Asked before I Donated My Kidney
KidneyTalk podcast from Renal Support Network.
Nebraska Medicine Completes One of the Largest Internal Living-Donor Kidney Transplant Chains in the United States
Press release.
Broken Chains and Reneging: A Review of 1748 Kidney Paired Donation Transplants
Early View abstract from American Journal of Transplantation.
Thousands Wait for Donated Organs
Article from the Indianapolis Recorder.
My Dad Had a Kidney Transplant, And It Was Not Like the Movies - Twelve Hours Can Change Your Life
Article from the Missourian.
Hospitalization Among Individuals Waitlisted for Kidney Transplant
Online First abstract from Transplantation.
Article in Press Abstracts from Journal Of Renal Nutrition:
American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Awards First National Healthcare Disaster Certification™
Article from American Nurses Association.
What Specialty Is the Worst at Giving up When Care Is Futile?
Twitter poll.
Statement of Eleanor D. Lederer, MD, FASN, President, the American Society of Nephrology, on the Extension of NIH Director Francis S. Collins', MD, Ph.D., Tenure
Study Confirms Link Between Diabetes Med and Rare But Dangerous Complication
If Insurance Market Crashes, Can Lawmakers Put The Pieces Back Together?
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Can Personalized Care Planning Improve Primary Care?
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Seeks Public Input on Reducing the Regulatory Burdens of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)
Press release.


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Thursday, June 8

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  June 8, 2017
ESRD Network Coordinating Council Webinar: Infection Prevention: Leadership, Interventions, Results, June 20, 2017, 3:00-4 PM EDT
Notice from Northwest Renal Network. Announcement (1-page pdf) and registration.
The Promise of Organ and Tissue Preservation to Transform Medicine
Free, full-text article from Nature Biotechnology.
Number of Medical Transplants Continues to Rise in Spain
Article from Xinhua.

Targeted Deprescribing in Patients on Hemodialysis to Reduce Polypharmacy
29-minute YouTube video from Toronto General.

Articles from Nephrology News & Issues:
Fresenius Medical Launches Cost Savings Program
Article from Reuters.
Association of Sex with Risk of Kidney Graft Failure Differs by Age
JASN Express abstract.
Efficacy of Statin on Vascular Access Patency in Diabetic Hemodialysis Patients
Advance Online abstract from the Journal of Vascular Access.
Computational Fluid Dynamic Analysis of the Hemodialysis Plastic Cannula
Early View abstract from Artificial Organs.
Racial And Ethnic Disparities Persist At Veterans Health Administration Patient-Centered Medical Homes
Abstract from Health Affairs.
Home Blood Pressure Monitors Inaccurate 70% of the Time: Study
Anthem Pulls out of Ohio, Leaving More with No ACA Plan Choices
News brief from Healthcare DIVE.
How Providers Are Crushing Claims Denials
Article from HealthLeaders Media.
Daylight On Diabetes Drugs: Nevada Bill Would Track Insulin Makers' Profits
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Free, Full-Text, Online First Perspective Pieces from the New England Journal Of Medicine:
 


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Wednesday, June 7

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  June 7, 2017
DaVita Introduces DaVita® Health Solutions
Press release.

Editor's note: Is rehabilitation any part of DaVita Health Solutions?
FDA Product Recall Notices Kits from Arrow International:
Abstracts from the Renal Society of Australasia 45th Annual Conference, June 19-21, 2017
138-page PDF contains all abstracts and poster presentations.
Quantification and Dosing of Renal Replacement Therapy in Acute Kidney Injury: A Reappraisal
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress in-depth review from Blood Purification. Cappuccino with Claudio Ronco video.
Ultrasound Vector Flow Imaging — Could Be a New Tool in Evaluation of Arteriovenous Fistulas for Hemodialysis?
Advance Online abstract from the Journal of Vascular Access.
HIV-Infected Living Kidney Donors Have Low ESRD Risk
Article from Renal & Urology News.
Bioengineering in Renal Transplantation: Technological Advances and Novel Options
First Online abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas to Launch $10-million Statewide Initiative to Help Fight Chronic Diabetic Kidney Disease and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Press release.
Small Wearable Devices May Lead to Big Health Care Savings
Article from STAT.
Redefining Blood Pressure Targets
Free, full-text article from European Heart Journal.
Treatment of Low Bone Density or Osteoporosis to Prevent Fractures in Men and Women: A Clinical Practice Guideline Update From the American College of Physicians
Free, full-text clinical guidelines from Annals of Internal Medicine.
Legionnaires' Hiding in Hospital, Nursing Home Plumbing Systems: CDC
Article from HealthDay. News brief from AHANews. Toolkit from the CDC.
New Pediatric Protocol Reduces Missed Sepsis Diagnoses by 76 Percent
Dozens of Recent Clinical Trials May Contain Wrong or Falsified Data, Claims Study
Article from The Guardian (UK). Posting from the For Better Science blog. Posting from the Retraction Watch blog. Free, full-text article and editorial from Anaesthesia.
New Science Datasharing Rules Are Two Scoops of Disappointment
Article from Ssix
Demand for Nurse Practitioners Eclipses Most Doctors
News brief from Healthcare DIVE.
When An Insurer Balks And Treatment Stops
Article from Kaiser Health News.
New CMS Survey and Certification Guidelines — Notices from the Northwest Renal Network:


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Tuesday, June 6

Dozens of Recent Clinical Trials May Contain Wrong or Falsified Data, Claims Study
Article from The Guardian (UK). Posting from the For Better Science blog. Posting from the Retraction Watch blog. Free, full-text article and editorial from Anaesthesia.
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  June 6, 2017
Early View Abstracts from Seminars In Dialysis:
They've Still Got Bucket Lists — In Their 90s
Article from Kaiser Health News.
New Allocation System Reduces Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Kidney Transplant
Press release from Emory Health Sciences. Abstract from Health Affairs. Article from Medscape Nephrology (registration required, but free).
54th ERA-EDTA Congress, Madrid, Spain, June 3-6, 2017
Official hashtag is #ERAEDTA17.  Press releases and late breaking clinical trials.  Daily Congress News:
Explaining Trends and Variation in Timing of Dialysis Initiation in the United States
Free full-text article from Medicine. Article from Nephrology News & Issues.
The Impact of Peritoneal Dialysis-Related Peritonitis on Mortality in Peritoneal Dialysis Patients
Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
Association of Intensive Blood Pressure Control and Kidney Disease Progression in Nondiabetic Patients With Chronic Kidney Disease — A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
Abstract from JAMA Internal Medicine.
Is Everything We Know about Sodium Physiology Wrong?
Resources from the Nephrology Journal Club (#NephJC).
Sodium Reduction in US Households' Packaged Food and Beverage Purchases, 2000 to 2014
Free, full-text, New Online article and editorial from JAMA Internal Medicine.
Baxter Touts HDx Theranova Data for ‘Extended’ Hemodialysis
Article from MASSDEVICE.
Smaller Dose Combos of Blood Pressure Meds May Be Effective with Fewer Side Effects
Fresenius Medical Care Introduces New Pure Bicarbonate Buffer Peritoneal Dialysis Fluids
Baxter Presents Data on Telehealth's Role in Improving Peritoneal Dialysis Patient Care at ERA-EDTA 2017
Hospitals Now Tap Lawyers To Fulfill Patients' Legal Needs
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Data Sharing Statements for Clinical Trials — A Requirement of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors
Free, full-text, Online First editorial from the New England Journal of Medicine.
Failure to Warn: Hundreds Died While Taking an Arthritis Drug, but Nobody Alerted Patients
Article from STAT.
Puerto Rico Declares Zika Outbreak over, CDC Maintains Travel Warning
CMS Issues Guidance on Emergency Preparedness Rule Enforcement
News brief from AHANews.


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Nurses at New York Dialysis Centers Set June (12) Strike Date, Threaten Walk Out
Article from NYDailyNews.com.

"The clinics targeted for the job action are owned by Fresenius Medical Care, a private company that runs dialysis facilities in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Westchester and New Rochelle."
54th ERA-EDTA Congress, Madrid, Spain, June 3-6, 2017
Official hashtag is .  Press releases and late breaking clinical trials.
Canadian Blood Services: Kidney Paired Donation Program
Results as of May 1, 2017 (505 transplants completed).
The Value of Teaching Patients to Administer Their Own Care
Article from Harvard Business Review.

"An example is a dialysis program implemented at the Central Texas Nephrology Associates (CTNA) clinic in Waco, Texas, by CTNA's medical director, Dr. Richard Gibney, and his team."

"In 2016, nearly 40% of CTNA's 751 patients performed their own dialysis while experiencing fewer hospitalizations and a lower mortality rate than patients receiving dialysis the conventional way. Patients delivering their own dialysis experienced better outcomes and the health system minimized costs by avoiding unnecessary hospital visits."

"(The) Providers' role changed from performing every step of the process to serving as coaches and supporters of patients doing their own care. The resulting redeployment of staff resources led to higher productivity and throughput for the clinic."
Video: A Home Hemodialysis Treatment Step-by-Step
43-minute YouTube video by Tami Ramsey, a nurse who does home hemodialysis herself.
(DaVita) HealthCare Partners To Acquire Magan Medical Clinic (LA County, CA)
Press release.
Free, Full-Text, Issue-In-Progress Articles from Kidney & Blood Pressure Research:
Press Releases from Arbor Research:
Citrate Versus Heparin Anticoagulation in Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy in Small Children
Free, First Online, Open Access article from Pediatric Nephrology.
Free, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:
Articles in Press Abstracts from American Journal of Kidney Diseases:
Articles in Press Abstracts from Kidney International:
Tom Price Bought Drug Stocks. Then He Pushed Pharma's Agenda in Australia.
Article from ProPublica.
Corporate Medicine Use Doctors As Pawns
Blog posting from Medical Economics.
States Scramble to Prevent Obamacare Exodus
Article from The Hill.
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