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Monday, Sept. 24

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  Sept. 24, 2018
The Dialysis Dilemma: Denying Undocumented Immigrants Medical Services
Article from Texas Monthly.
In Memory of Dr. Guy Laurent (1935-2018)
Notice from the ERA-EDTA.

"He was very close to patients, always looking to relieve them from the ESKD burden. He pushed them to go for home dialysis; he pushed them to go back to work. In the sixties many companies refused to readmit or employ dialysis patients. Dr Laurent founded the Société Materiels Annexes de Dialyse (SMAD) where dialysis patients were employed to produce shunts and tubings for their own therapy. This company has thrived and has now more than 600 employees."

Editor's note: Contrast his work with U.S. for-profit dialysis corporations that have turned a blind eye to renal rehabilitation. These corporations and their nephrologists continue to steer more than 85% of their patients into debilitating short-time treatment regimens... largely for profit.

When also considering its treatment of undocumented immigrants, the dearth of wisdom, imagination, and basic patient advocacy in U.S. nephrology care is truly remarkable.
Comment from Miriam Lippel Blum on Dialysis Patient Survival
Comment made to the "What are survival rates for dialysis patients?" posting on the Renal Fellow Network blog.
ESRD National Coordinating Center Learning and Action Network Calls:
2017 ERBP Annual Report
(15-page pdf) European Renal Best Practice Annual Report.
CJASN Express Abstracts:
Biocompatibility of Polysulfone Hemodialysis Membranes and Its Mechanisms: Involvement of Fibrinogen and Its Integrin Receptors in Activation of Platelets and Neutrophils
Free, Open Access, Early View article from Artificial Organs.
Conventional Dialysis in the Elderly: How Lenient Should Our Guidelines Be?
Early View abstract from Seminars in Dialysis.
Early View Abstracts from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis:
Regional Anesthesia with Epinephrine-Containing Lidocaine Reduces Pericatheter Bleeding after Tunneled Hemodialysis Catheter Placement
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
Online First Abstracts from Transplantation:
Renal Genetics in Australia: Kidney Medicine in the Genomic Age
Accepted Article abstract and full-text (26-page PDF) from Nephrology.
BMI Is Associated with the Development of Chronic Kidney Diseases in Hypertensive Patients with Normal Renal Function
Abstract from Journal of Hypertension.
Sepsis Prevention Tips from a Survivor
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
A Dialysis Patient Helps Others as a Peer Mentor
Press release from the National Kidney Foundation.
Online Diabetes Prevention Programs Are as Effective as in-Person Programs for Weight Loss, Study Finds
Press release from UCLA.
Does Metformin Increase the Risk for Lactic Acidosis in CKD?
(Registration required, but free.) Viewpoint article from Medscape Nephrology.
First Blood Pressure Monitor with Cellular Connectivity Now Available in U.S.
Lack Of Medications Threatens Lives Of 425 Kidney Patients in Gaza
NIH Supports Study of Health Risks and Resilience following Hurricanes Irma and Maria
Press release from the National Institutes of Health.
How Nashville Changed Health Care for the Nation
Article from Nashville Scene.
CMS Awards Funding for Quality Measure Development
Press release.
October CROWNWeb New User Training Registration Now Open
Training is scheduled for October 9th at 2:00 pm ET.


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Fri/Sat, Sept. 21-22

The Dialysis Dilemma: Denying Undocumented Immigrants Medical Services
Article from Texas Monthly.
CJASN Express Abstracts:
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  Sept. 21, 2018
Are Manufactured Kidneys Really the Future of Manchester's Economy?
Article and audio from New Hamphsire Public Radio.
Certain Factors Linked with Kidney Function Recovery in Children on Dialysis
Press release and CJASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
Study Reveals a Promising Alternative to Corticosteroids in Acute Renal Failure Treatment
Press release from São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP).
Free, Full-Text Articles from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
The Relationship between Intradialytic Hypotension and Hospitalized Mesenteric Ischemia
CJASN Express abstract and editorial extract.
Incidence of Hypersensitivity Reactions During Hemodialysis
Free, full-text, Online First article from Kidney & Blood Pressure Research.
Utilization of Small Pediatric Donor Kidneys for Transplantation
Free, Open Access, First Online article from Pediatric Nephrology.
Free, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:
Investigation of Small Intestinal Lesions in Dialysis Patients Using Capsule Endoscopy
Early View abstract from Hemodialysis International.
Value of Home Blood Pressure Monitoring Confirmed
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Medscape Nephrology.
Study at Johns Hopkins Hospital Leads to Changes in Reporting Patient Safety Concerns
Press release from Johns Hopkins Medicine.
Management of Chronic Wounds—2018
Free, full-text, New Online article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
U.S. Hospitals Remain Vigilant to Ensure Adequate Drug Supplies Amid Hurricane Florence
Press release from Penn Medicine.
More Evidence Exercise May Be Good for Your Mood
Article from Reuters.
Trump Health Official Defends Funding Shifts to Pay for Detained Migrant Children
Article from The Hill.
Billionaires' Initiative Targets Costs From Chronically Ill Patients, Which Make Up Vast Majority Of Health Spending
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
Smart Pills Dumb Down Medical Care, Experts Warn
Press release from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Revisions to State Operations Manual, Chapter 2, Certification Process
(41-page pdf) CMS Manual Program Transmittal R181SOMA. Effective Sept. 21, 2018.


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Thursday, Sept. 20

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  Sept. 20, 2018
Last Month in Nephrology
September 2018 blog posting.
Ovary Removal Linked to Kidney Disease
Article from HealthDay. CJASN Express abstract. Press release from the Mayo Clinic.
What are Survival Rates for Dialysis Patients?
Posting for the Renal Fellow Network blog.
Boomerang – 1st Place Winner 16th Annual Essay Contest
Essay by Gordon LaBuhn via Renal Support Network.
Executive Summary of the 2018 KDIGO Hepatitis C in CKD Guideline: Welcoming Advances in Evaluation and Management
Free, full-text article from Kidney International.
Free, Full-Text, Advance Articles from Clinical Kidney Journal:
Sedentary Behavior and CKD
Posting from the AJKD blog.
Free, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:
Skin Autofluorescence, a Measure of Cumulative Metabolic Stress and Advanced Glycation End Products, Decreases During the Summer in Dialysis Patients
Early View abstract from Artificial Organs.
Cardiac Troponin T Risk Stratification Model Predicts All-Cause Mortality Following Kidney Transplant
Online First abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
High-Gluten Diet in Pregnancy Tied to Kids' Type 1 Diabetes Risk
Trump Admin Awards over $1 Billion in Grants to Fight Opioid Epidemic
Article from The Hill.
Chaos And Agitation: Helping A Patient Survive A Hurricane
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Denied 'Life Extending Opportunities': Black Patients Are Being Left out of Clinical Trials amid Wave of New Cancer Therapies
Special report from STAT.
Despite Progress Under The ACA, Many New Mothers Lack Insurance Coverage
Posting from the Health Affairs blog.
Patient Groups Urge Congress to Fund Opioid Treatment with Changes to Medicare Dialysis Payments
Article from Healio.


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Wednesday, Sept. 19

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  Sept. 19, 2018
A Year after Maria, Puerto Rican Kidney Patients Fear Death
Article from AP.
A Donation Disparity (Black Transplant Patients Face Hurdles)
Article from U.S. News & World Report.
ESRD Network 6 (NC, SC, GA) Update on Dialysis Facility Status
(4-page pdf) See this ESRD Network 6 page for updated links about Hurricane Florence.

 14 facilities are closed as of 9 AM ET on Tuesday, Sept. 18.
Scientists Find 500 More Genes That Influence Blood Pressure
Article from HealthDay.
All-Cause Mortality in Relation to Changes in Relative Blood Volume during Hemodialysis
Free, full-text, Advance Article from NDT.
Early Hospital Readmission in Older and Younger Kidney Transplant Recipients
Online First abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
A Practical Guide for Treatment of Rapidly Progressive ADPKD with Tolvaptan
JASN Express abstract.
Vascular Dysfunction, Oxidative Stress, and Inflammation in Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease
CJASN Express abstract.
Topic Discussion: Common Nephrotoxic Drugs and Their Mode of Enteries
Posting from the NephronPower blog.
Treating Obesity—Moving From Recommendation to Implementation
Free, full-text, New Online editorial from JAMA Internal Medicine.
For-Profit Hospitals Correlated with Higher Readmission Rates
Press release from University of Illinois at Chicago.
Senate Passes Defense-Labor-HHS Funding Package
News brief from the American Hospital Association.
FDA Takes Important Steps to Encourage Appropriate and Rational Prescribing of Opioids through Final Approval of New Safety Measures Governing the Use of Immediate-Release Opioid Analgesic Medications
FDA news release.
Generic Form of EpiPen Approved
RPA Comments on 2019 HOPPS/ASC Payment System Proposed Rule
New brief from the Renal Physicians Association.


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Tuesday, Sept. 18

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  Sept. 18, 2018
Despite Changes to US Kidney Allocation System, Inequality Persists
Press release from Drexel University.
ACHC Launches New Accreditation for Renal Dialysis Facilities
(1-page pdf) Press release from the Accreditation Commission for Health Care.
ESRD Network 6 (NC, SC, GA) Update on Dialysis Facility Status
(5-page pdf) See this ESRD Network 6 page for updated links about Hurricane Florence.

44 facilities are closed as of 11 AM ET on Monday, Sept. 17.
New Pediatric Online Community for Parents of Children with Kidney Disease
Press release from the National Kidney Foundation.
You Need a New Kidney to Stay Alive. Would You Reject One from Someone Who Died of a Drug Overdose?
Opinion piece from STAT.
Free, Full-Text, Articles in Press from American Journal Of Kidney Diseases:
Relationship Between Leptin Level, Inflammation, and Volume Status in Maintenance Hemodialysis Patients
Early View abstract from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis.
Free, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:
POCUS for Catheter Placement: Relevance to Nephrology
(Registration required, but free.) Viewpoint article from Medscape Nephrology.
Free, Full-Text Articles from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology:
Health Behaviors in Younger and Older Adults with Chronic Kidney Disease: Results from the CRIC Study
Article in Press abstract and full-text article (31-page PDF) from Kidney International Reports.
Study Reveals the Current Rates of Diagnosed Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes in American Adults
Press release from the University of Iowa.
International Nephrocardiology Conference: February 15 – 17, 2019
Senate Passes Bipartisan Bill to Curb Opioid Crisis
Article from The Hill.
News Summaries from Kaiser Health News:
Justice Department Greenlights CIGNA-Express Scripts Merger
CMS Proposes to Ease Burden Associated with Certain CoPs, CfCs
News brief from the American Hospital Association. Press release, fact sheet and speech by Adminstrator Verma from CMS.
Federal Advisory Panel Says Number Of Medicaid Beneficiaries Dropped In Arkansas ‘Should Scare The Pants Off People’
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
Beware the Limits of Telemedicine
Posting from the KevinMD blog.


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Monday, Sept. 17

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  Sept. 17, 2018
ESRD Network 6 (NC, SC, GA) Dialysis Facility Operational Schedule
(LAST UPDATED SEPT 13)
(8-page pdf) See this ESRD Network 6 page for updated links about Hurricane Florence.
Record Flooding in Carolinas
Articles about North Carolina and South Carolina from The Weather Channel.

See the North Carolina and South Carolina state web sites for emergency information.
 
CMS Continues Efforts to Help with Hurricane Florence Emergency Response
Press release.

"Additional information is available on the NW's (Network 5, VA, WV, MD, DE) website at www.esrdnet5.org/Dialysis-Providers/Emergency-Preparedness.aspx or the KCER website www.kcercoalition.com."
American Society of Nephrology Partners with Renal Fellow Network Blog
Press release.
Peritoneal Dialysis Catheter Outcomes in Infants Initiating Peritoneal Dialysis for End-Stage Renal Disease
Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
The Dialysis Access Landscape in 2018: Challenges, Advances and Future Directions
Article from Vascular News (UK).
Articles from Renal & Urology News:
Study Suggests "Alarming" Diabetes Med Discontinuation
Article from Internal Medicine News.
Daily Low-Dose Aspirin Found To Have No Effect on Healthy Life Span in Older People
Press release from the National Institutes of Health.
Study: Opioid Abuse down Slightly in 2017, Still at High Levels
Article from The Hill.
Hurricane Florence and Medicare Disaster Related North Carolina, South Carolina, and the Commonwealth of Virginia Claims
(6-page pdf) MLN Matters article from CMS.
New Medicare Advantage Tool To Lower Drug Prices Puts Crimp In Patients' Choices
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Kentucky Ambulance Service Defrauded Medicare with Needless Trips, Government Alleges
Article from Kentucky.com.
Medicaid Expansion Boosted the Financial Health of Low-Income Michigan Residents
Press release from the University of Michigan.


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Fri/Sat, Sept. 14-15

ESRD Network 6 (NC, SC, GA) Dialysis Facility Operational Schedule
(8-page pdf) See this ESRD Network 6 page for updated links about Hurricane Florence.
Hurricane Florence and Medicare Disaster Related North Carolina, South Carolina, and the Commonwealth of Virginia Claims
(6-page pdf) MLN Matters article from CMS.
4 Takeaways On Puerto Rico's Death Toll, In The Wake Of Trump's Tweet Storm
Article and news summary from Kaiser Health News.
Kentucky Ambulance Service Defrauded Medicare with Needless Trips, Government Alleges
Article from Kentucky.com.
American Society of Nephrology Partners with Renal Fellow Network Blog
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Hurricane Florence Impacts U.S. Southeast Coast
Forecast cone from the National Hurricane Center. Hurricane Central from The Weather Channel. Emergency information and phone numbers for dialysis patients from KCER (Kidney Community Emergency Response). Emergency updates from ESRD Network 6 (NC, SC, GA) and KCER. Other resources:
Mandatory Evacuations in Carolinas
See the South Carolina and North Carolina state web sites for emergency information.
Kidney IDEAS: The Future OF Renal Replacement Therapy - Part 2
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
Role of Albumin Assay on Calcium Levels and Prescription of Phosphate Binders in Chronic Hemodialysis Patients
Free, Open Access, Online First article from Nephron.
Certain Environmental Pollutants May Contribute to Poor Kidney Health
Press release and CJASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
Shifting Non-Emergency Medical Transportation To Lyft Improves Patient Experience And Lowers Costs
Posting from the Health Affairs blog.
Seven U.S. States Now Have Adult Obesity Rates of 35 Percent or Higher
Article from STAT.
New Means to Fight 'Un-Killable' Bacteria in Healthcare Settings
Press release from McGill University Health Center.
Study: Kidney Stones Have Distinct Geological Histories
Number Of Detained Immigrant Children Has Ballooned To Highest Ever Recorded
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
Top Official at Memorial Sloan Kettering Resigns After Failing to Disclose Industry Ties
Article from ProPublica.
Patients Versus Paywalls: Is the US Ready for Open-Access Publishing?
Article from STAT.
Immigrants Use Less Healthcare Than People Born in US
Article from Reuters Health.
CMS Offers Broad Support for North Carolina and South Carolina with Hurricane Florence Preparation
Press release.
RPA Comments on 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule
Link to letter from the Renal Physicians Association.
Over 4,300 Kicked Off Arkansas' Medicaid Rolls After Failing To Report Work Hours Under New Requirements
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
Medicaid Rolls Set to Be Slashed under Trump-Approved Work Rules
Article from The Hill.
House Approves Four Medicare-Related Bills
News brief from the American Hospital Association.


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Thursday, Sept. 13

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  Sept. 13, 2018
Hurricane Florence Approaches U.S. Southeast Coast
Forecast cone from the National Hurricane Center. Hurricane Central from The Weather Channel. Emergency information and phone numbers for dialysis patients from KCER (Kidney Community Emergency Response). Emergency updates from ESRD Network 6 (NC, SC, GA) and KCER. Other resources:
Mandatory Evacuations in Carolinas
See the South Carolina and North Carolina state web sites for emergency information.
Goldsboro NC Will Use Chlorine To Disinfect Water During Hurricane Florence
Article from Goldsboro Daily News.
Trying To Protect Seniors, The Most Vulnerable, From Formidable Foe Florence
Article from Kaiser Health News.
New Anticoagulants in Chronic Kidney Disease: A Beacon in the Darkness
Posting from the AJKD blog.
Incidence Rate of Post-Kidney Transplant Infection: A Retrospective Cohort Study Examining Infection Rates at a Large Canadian Multicenter Tertiary-Care Facility
Free, Open Access article from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.
Why Are Hospitalizations Too Long? A Simple Checklist for Identifying the Main Social Barriers to Hospital Discharge from a Nephrology Ward
Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
Articles from Renal & Urology News:
Gadolinium Retention After Contrast-Enhanced MRI
New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Report: New Apple Watch Features On-Board EKG Scanning, AF Detection
Articles from MassDevice, MedGadget, and STAT.
Wearable Ultrasound Patch Monitors Blood Pressure Deep inside Body
Press release from UC San Diego.
Program Will Educate, Empower ER Visitors with Uncontrolled High Blood Pressure
Press release from University of Illinois at Chicago.
Hospitals May Overprescribe Blood Pressure Meds, Study Finds
Article from HealthDay. Free, full-text editorial from The BMJ.
Incremental Health Care Costs Associated With Food Insecurity and Chronic Conditions Among Older Adults
(Registration required, but free.) Article from Preventing Chronic Disease via Medscape Nephrology.
Timing May Be Everything When Taking Meds
Census: Uninsured Rate Stays at 8.8 Percent in 2017
News brief from the American Hospital Association.
Russian Trolls Tapped Into Health Law Rhetoric To Sow Discord, Pitting Sides Against Each Other
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
The Secret Drug Pricing System Middlemen Use to Rake in Millions
Article from Bloomberg.
Grants Awarded for the Federally-Facilitated Exchange Navigator Program


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Wednesday, Sept. 12*

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  Sept. 12, 2018
Hurricane Florence Approaches U.S. Southeast Coast
Forecast cone from the National Hurricane Center. Hurricane Central from The Weather Channel. Emergency information and phone numbers for dialysis patients from KCER (Kidney Community Emergency Response). Emergency updates from ESRD Network 6 (NC, SC, GA) and KCER. Other resources:
Mandatory Evacuations in Carolinas
See the South Carolina and North Carolina state web sites for emergency information.
FDA Designates AliveCor’s Bloodless Hyperkalemia Test a “Breakthrough Device”
Press release.
Dialysis Water Treatment System at Aurora's New VA Medical Center (Colorado) Isn't Working Properly
Video and article from 9NEWS.com.
Nocturnal Hemodialysis Offers More Options, and Better Outcomes, for Kidney Patients
News release from the Cleveland Clinic.
How Sensors Are Helping Hemodialysis Move into the Home
Article from Medical Design & Outsourcing.
Residual Renal Function in Incremental Dialysis
Free, full-text, Advance Article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
Caffeine Consumption and Mortality in Chronic Kidney Disease: a Nationally Representative Analysis
Free, full-text, Advance Article and press release from NDT.
Free, Open Access Articles from BMC Nephrology:
Consult Rounds: CRRT Calculations Primer
Posting from the NephronPower blog.
Accepted Articles Abstracts from American Journal of Transplantation:
Sex-Age-Specific Handgrip Strength and Mortality in an Incident Hemodialysis Cohort: The Risk Explained By Nutrition and Comorbidities
OnlineFirst abstract from the International Journal of Artificial Organs.
Pilot Study Using Intraoperative Fluorescence Angiography during Arteriovenous Hemodialysis Access Surgery
Online First abstract from the Journal of Vascular Access.
Risk of Colorectal Cancer in Chronic Kidney Disease: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Abstract from Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology.
Gout Patients Have Lower Prevalence of Colorectal Cancer
Article from Renal & Urology News.
Urinary IgM Excretion: a Reliable Marker for Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes in Women with Chronic Kidney Disease
Free, Open Access, First Online article from Journal of Nephrology.

For the First Time, a Neural Link between Altruism and Empathy toward Strangers
Press release from the University of Pennsylvania.

"Using fMRI scans of a brain region called the anterior insula, University of Pennsylvania and Georgetown University researchers discovered that people who donated a kidney to an anonymous recipient were more sensitive to a stranger's fear and pain."

Diabetes Patients Are Hacking Together the Tech They Need. Doctors Are Just Tuning In
Article from Futurism.
High Blood Sugar during Pregnancy Ups Risk of Mother's Type 2 Diabetes, Child's Obesity
News release from the National Institutes of Health.
CBO: House GOP Bill Delaying Key Parts of Obamacare Will Cost over $50 Billion
Article from The Hill.
AI Predicts Risk of Death from Heart Disease More Accurately Than Experts
Article from Healthcare IT News.
Unwitting Patients, Copycat Comments Play Hidden Role In Federal Rule-Making
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Here's One Reason Why US Healthcare Costs so Much
Press release from University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Michigan Requests Medicaid Work Requirements Waiver, Just As Analysis Raises Questions About Effectiveness Of Policy
News summary from Kaiser Health News.


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Tuesday, Sept. 11

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  Sept. 11, 2018
Hurricane Florence Approaches U.S. Southeast Coast
Forecast cone from the National Hurricane Center. Hurricane Central from The Weather Channel. Emergency information and phone numbers for dialysis patients from KCER (Kidney Community Emergency Response). Emergency updates from ESRD Network 6 (NC, SC, GA) and KCER.
Mandatory Evacuations in Carolinas; Mid-Atlantic Coastal Areas on Alert
See the South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, and Maryland state web sites for emergency information.
Study Examines Predictors of Dialysis Facility Experiences
Press release from Baylor College of Medicine. New Online abstract from JAMA Internal Medicine.

"This study suggests that for-profit operation, free-standing status, and large dialysis organization designation were associated with less favorable patient-reported experiences of care."

Editor's note: After 17 consecutive years of reporting that the largest non-profit dialysis provider has had better mortality and hospitalization outcomes than the largest for-profit providers, the United States Renal Data System (USRDS) decided last year to stop comparing non-profit and for-profit dialysis providers. How can patients expect progress when most nephrologists refuse to acknowledge the harmful effects of their profit incentives?
Study Identifies Key Features of Interventions to Help Patients in Need Find Jobs
Press release from St. Michael's Hospital (Toronto).
Fresenius Medical Care North America Celebrates Nephrology Nurses Week with $100,000 Contribution to American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA)
Press release.
Indexing Dialysis Dose for Gender, Body Size and Physical Activity: Impact on Survival
Free, Open Access article from PLOS ONE.
How I Treat: The Patient Receiving Automated Peritoneal Dialysis with Volume Overload
Free, full-text, CJASN Express article.
Accepted Articles Abstracts from Nephrology:
SONG Initiative Tweets:
AHA: Many With Supposed Drug-Resistant Blood Pressure Aren't Taking Meds
Article from HealthDay.
Nondipping Pattern on 24-Hour Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring Is Associated with Left Ventricular Hypertrophy in Chronic Kidney Disease
Abstract from Blood Pressure Monitoring.
CDC Health Alert Network (HAN) Health Advisory: Advice to Clinicians about Leptospirosis in U.S. Travelers Returning from Northern Israel
An Ancient Art May Work Best to Prevent Falls in Old Age
Better Together: Patient Partnership in Medical Journals
Editorial from The BMJ.
Patient-Centered Medical Home Evidence Increases With Time
Posting from the Health Affairs blog.
Towering Figure In Cancer Research World Failed To Disclose Financial Ties To Drug, Health Care Companies
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
CRISPR's Hedgehog Problem: Rolled up Genes Can't Be Edited, Study Finds
Article from STAT.
State-Level Population Estimates of Individuals Subject to and Not Meeting Proposed Medicaid Work Requirements
Free, full-text, New Online article from JAMA Internal Medicine.


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Monday, Sept. 10

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  Sept. 10, 2018
Hurricane Florence Approaches U.S. Southeast Coast
Forecast cone from the National Hurricane Center. Hurricane Central from The Weather Channel. Emergency information and phone numbers for dialysis patients.
SONG PD - Do Trials Report Outcomes That Matter to Patients on PD
Tweet from @song_initiative.
Kidney IDEAs: the Future of Renal Replacement Therapy - Part 1
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.

Trump to Cut $25M in Aid for East Jerusalem Hospitals: State Department
Article from The Hill.

"They provided care for medical problems that the Ministry of Health is unable to address, including cancer, cardiac and eye surgeries, dialysis and neonatal care, according to the WHO."

Beyond Playing Games: Nephrologist vs. Machine in Pediatric Dialysis Prescribing
Free, Open Access, editorial commentary from Pediatric Nephrology.
Effectiveness of a Web-Based eHealth Portal for Delivery of Care to Home Dialysis Patients: A Single-Arm Pilot Study
Free, Open Access article from Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.
Acute Critical Illness Increases Risk of Kidney Complications and Death
Press release and free, full-text article from Canadian Medical Association Journal.
Advance Articles Abstracts from NDT:
Cinacalcet As Rescue Therapy for Refractory Hyperparathyroidism in Young Children with Advanced Chronic Kidney Disease
First Online abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
Balancing Immunosuppressive Efficacy and Prevention of Post-transplant Diabetes — a Question of Timing and Patient Selection
(5-page pdf) Article in Press from Kidney International Reports.
Clinical Impact of Abdominal Fat Distribution Measured by 3-D Computed Tomography Volumetry on Post-Transplant Renal Function in Recipients after Living Kidney Transplantation: a Retrospective Study
First Online abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
Upper Arm Basilic Vein Elevation As a Solution for Forearm Ulnar Basilic Arteriovenous Fistulae with Cannulation Problems
Online First abstract from the Journal of Vascular Access.
Renal Denervation for BP Control: Is It Ready for Prime Time?
(Registration required, but free.) Szezech on Nephrology video blog from Medscape Nephrology.
Press Releases from the American Heart Association:

Black Patients Have 5 Times the Rate of Blood Pressure Crises
Article from HealthDay. Press release from the American Heart Association.
New Blood Pressure App
Press release from Michigan State University.
Chronic Diseases Driven by Metabolic Dysfunction
Press release from UC San Diego.
Free, Full-Text, New Online Articles from the Journal of the American Medical Association:
Naloxone Nasal Spray Works Best to Stop Opioid OD: Study
Article from HealthDay.
Comments Due Today (Sept. 10) on CMS Proposed Rule for ESRD PPS
This proposed rule would update and make revisions to the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Prospective Payment System (PPS) for calendar year (CY) 2019.
CROWNWeb Newsletter for September
2-page pdf.


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Fri/Sat, Sept. 7-8

Tropical Storm Florence Approaches U.S. Southeast Coast
Forecast cone from the National Hurricane Center.
Kidney IDEAs: the Future of Renal Replacement Therapy - Part 1
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
Free, Full-Text, New Online Articles from the Journal of the American Medical Association:
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  Sept. 7, 2018
September Issue of Kidney News
(20-page pdf) Publication from the American Society of Nephrology.
Postings from the Dialysis Discussion Uncensored Facebook Page:
New Insights into What Drives Organ Transplant Rejection
Press release from Brigham and Women's Hospital.
The Effect of Overhydration on Mortality and Technique Failure Among Peritoneal Dialysis Patients: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Free, full-text, New Online in-depth review from Blood Purification.
Switching from Epoetin Alfa (Epogen®) to Epoetin Alfa-Epbx (RetacritTM) Using a Specified Dosing Algorithm: A Randomized, Non-Inferiority Study in Adults on Hemodialysis
Free, Open Access, First Online article from American Journal of Nephrology.
Free, Full-Text, Articles from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis:
Articles from Healio:
Articles from Renal & Urology News:
Prognostic Significance of Asymptomatic Brain Natriuretic Peptide Elevation at Nephrology Referral in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease
Online First abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
'Million Hearts' Project Aims to Prevent 1 Million Cardiac Crises
Article from HealthDay. Free, full-text, New Online article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Kids Without Access to Good Food Face High Blood Pressure Risk
Article from HealthDay. Press release from the American Heart Association.
Hypertension Drugs Could Prevent Memory Loss in Lupus Patients, Study Suggests
Press release from Rockefeller University Press.
Statins Aren't Preventive in Elderly Unless They Have Diabetes
Article from Internal Medicine News.
Insulin's High Cost Leads To Deadly Rationing
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Study Reveals Communication Among Organs, Tissues Regulating Body's Energy
Press release from University of California, Irvine.
DaVita's Day of Music
Free, Full-Text, New Online Articles from the Journal of the American Medical Association:
A New Threat to Immigrants' Health — The Public-Charge Rule
Free, full-text perspective piece from the New England Journal of Medicine.
News Briefs from the American Hospital Association:
The High Cost Of Hope: When The Parallel Interests Of Pharma And Families Collide
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Committee Approves Four Medicare Related Bills
News brief from the American Hospital Association.
Thousands in Arkansas Lose Medicaid Because of New Work Requirements
Article from CNN.


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Thursday, Sept. 6

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  Sept. 6, 2018
New Study Introduces Approach That Can Roughly Double Success Rates of Kidney Transplants
Press release from the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science. Abstract from Management Science.
Cricket Health Announces $24 Million Series A Funding Round
Press release.
Dialyze Direct to Acquire Affiliated Dialysis Centers
Press release.
Baxter Ventures Invests In Outset Medical
Summary from Seeking Alpha.
Advance Articles Abstracts from NDT:
Vitamin D, Bone Alkaline Phosphatase and Parathyroid Hormone in Healthy Subjects and Hemodialyzed Patients from West Africa: Impact of Reference Ranges and Parathyroid Hormone Generation Assays on the KDIGO Guidelines
Free, full-text, Advance Article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
Pulse Pressure and Outcome in Kidney Transplantation: Results From the Collaborative Transplant Study
Online First abstract from Transplantation.
Point-of-Care Ultrasound in End-Stage Kidney Disease: beyond Lung Ultrasound
Published Ahead-of-Print abstract from Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension.
NIH Grant Will Aid Research in Preventing Kidney Failure
Press release from Louisiana State University.
Margaret McCartney: A Summary of 4 1/2 Years of Columns in One Column
Article from The BMJ.
The Path to the First FDA-Approved Cannabis-Derived Treatment and What Comes Next
Free, full-text article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Avoidable Sepsis Infections Send Thousands Of Seniors To Gruesome Deaths
Article from Kaiser Health News.
The Importance of Addressing Social Determinants of Health with Your Patients
Article from Medical Economics.
Doctors Told to Ditch Latin and Use 'Plain English'
Ways And Means Chairmen Urge CMS to Further Reduce Medicare Burdens
News brief from the American Hospital Association.


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Wednesday, Sept. 5

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Tropical Storm Gordon Makes Landfall in Mississippi
Warning cone and information menu from the National Hurricane Center. Tropical storm Gordon information from The Weather Channel. Emergency phone numbers for patients from the Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) Program. 7 tips from the National Kidney Foundation.
Living Organ Donations Save Lives. Why Are They So Rare In America?
Article from Washington Monthly.
13 Most Common (Non-Dialysis) Kidney Disease Symptoms Have Been Distilled by Researchers
Article from Nursing Times.
Articles from Healio:
Anxiety, Depression, and Regret of Donation in Living Kidney Donors
Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
Effectiveness of a New Single-Needle Single-Pump Dialysis System with Simultaneous Monitoring of Dialysis Dose
Free, Open Access article from Artificial Organs.
Novel Extracorporeal Dialysis Circuit to Improve the Removal Efficiency of High and Middle Molecular Weight Toxins
Accepted Article abstract from Artificial Organs.
Comparing the Impact of Older Age on Outcome in Chronic Kidney Disease of Different Etiologies: a Prospective Cohort Study
Free, Open Access, First Online article from Journal of Nephrology.
Acute Kidney Injury Following Coronary Angiography: a Nationwide Study of Incidence, Risk Factors and Long-Term Outcomes
First Online abstract from Journal of Nephrology.
Thiamine Status in End-Stage Chronic Kidney Disease Patients: a Single-Center Study
First Online abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
Diclofenac Use and Cardiovascular Risks: Series of Nationwide Cohort Studies
Free, full-text article from The BMJ.
New Hormonal Link Suspected in Type 2 Diabetes
Article from HealthDay. Press release from Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
Houston Methodist Program Gives Dialysis Workers First-Hand Knowledge of Living Donor Kidney Transplantation
Article from the Houston Chronicle.
Obituary: 'Medical Marvel' David LaFrance Had Six Kidney Transplants
Article from Ottawa Citizen.
US Blockade Hinders Nephrology Service in Cuba
European Science Funders Ban Grantees from Publishing in Paywalled Journals
Article from Science.
A Texas Lawsuit Being Heard This Week Could Mean Life or Death for the ACA
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Globally, 1.4 Billion Adults at Risk of Disease from Not Doing Enough Physical Activity
Press release from The Lancet.
Shorter Life Expectancy Linked to 2016 Presidential Election Outcome
Press release from Columbia University Irving Medical Center.
Rudy Giuliani's Consulting Firm Had Hand In Halting Florida's Opioid Investigation
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Medicare ACOs Saved $1.1 Billion in 2017, CMS Data Show
News brief from Healthcare DIVE.


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Tuesday, Sept. 4

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Tropical Storm Gordon Expected To Make Landfall Tuesday Night in Mississippi as Hurricane
Warning cone and information menu from the National Hurricane Center. Tropical Storm Gordon information from The Weather Channel. Emergency phone numbers for patients from the Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) Program.

Editor's note: Let's hope it's not another year of week-long blackouts, information hoarding and maximizing profits.
Nephro360: Virtual Reality & Gaming
Posting from the Renal Fellow Network blog. 3-minute video.
The Association of Interdialytic Blood Pressure Variability with Cardiovascular Events and All-Cause Mortality in Hemodialysis Patients
Free, full-text, Advance Article from NDT.
Intradialytic Activities and Health-Related Quality of Life Among Hemodialysis Patients
First Online abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
The Impact of Hemodialysis on Mortality Risk and Cause of Death in Staphylococcus aureus Endocarditis
Free, Open Access article from BMC Nephrology.
First Online Abstracts from Pediatric Nephrology:
Kidney Transplant Graft Outcomes in 379,257 Recipients on 3 Continents
(Registration required, but free.) Free, full-text, article from American Journal of Transplantation via Medscape Nephrology.
Clinical Utility of Extracorporeal Cytokine Hemoadsorption Therapy: A Literature Review
Free, Full-Text, Online First in-depth review from Blood Purification.
Acute Kidney Injury and Chronic Kidney Disease in the Elderly and Polypharmacy
Online First abstract from Blood Purification.
Medicines for Treatment Intensification in Type 2 Diabetes and Type of Insulin in Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes in Low-Resource Settings: Synopsis of the World Health Organization Guidelines on Second- and Third-Line Medicines and Type of Insulin for the Control of Blood Glucose Levels in Nonpregnant Adults With Diabetes Mellitus
Free, full-text, Latest Article clinical guidelines guidelines from Annals of Internal Medicine.
Twelve-Month Outcomes After Transplant of Hepatitis C–Infected Kidneys Into Uninfected Recipients: A Single-Group Trial
Abstract from Annals of Internal Medicine.
Press Releases from the American College of Cardiology:
From Patient with Kidney Failure to Dialysis Nurse
Article from Killeen Daily Herald (Texas).
Immigrants Turning down Infant Formula, Food Aid Out of Fear of Trump Policies: Report
Article from The Hill.
8000 New Antibiotic Combinations Are Surprisingly Effective, UCLA Biologists Report
Press release from UCLA.
Do Electric Cars Interfere With Pacemakers and Defibrillators?
Free, full-text, Summary for Patients from Annals of Internal Medicine.
Maybe Men Should Have Their Salary Reduced to the Lowest Paid Female Physician in Their Practice
Posting from the KevinMD blog.
A Growing Number of Americans Want to Join a Union
Article from PBS NewsHour. Related article from National Nurses United.
MedPAC Comment on CMS's Proposed Rule on the ESRD PPS Update for CY 2019 and DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program
Letter (19-page PDF) from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission.
Influenza Vaccine Payment Allowances - Annual Update for 2018-2019 Season
(6-page pdf) CMS Program Transmittal.


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Monday, Sept. 3

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The Fight over Dialysis Profits Advances in California, Hitting Companies Hard
Article from MarketWatch.

"The odds of SB 1156 becoming law are around 45%, according to Height Capital Markets analyst Andrea Harris, who estimated that it could lead to operating-income losses of up to $95.5 million a year for DaVita."
Biocompatible Solutions and Long-Term Changes in Peritoneal Solute Transport
CJASN Express abstract.
A New Treatment for Calciphylaxis in Hemodialysis Patients?
Free, full-text, Online First editorial and related abstract from American Journal of Nephrology.
Dalteparin Anticoagulation in Pediatric Home Hemodialysis
First Online abstract from Pediatric Nephrology.
Trends among Kidney Transplant Candidates in the United States: Sifting Through the Tea Leaves
(5-page PDF) Free, full-text, Accepted Article from American Journal of Transplantation.
How Does Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy Affect Septic Acute Kidney Injury?
Free, full-text, Online First in-depth review from Blood Purification.
Clinical Epidemiology of Infectious Disease among Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease
First Online abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
Functional EPO-Hepcidin Axis in Recombinant Human EPO Independent Hemodialysis Patients
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
Why Do People Choose Nephrology? Identifying Positive Motivators to Aid Recruitment and Retention
Free, full-text, Advance Article from Clinical Kidney Journal.
Too Much Sitting – Nurses' Role in Educating Patients to Reduce Health Risks of Prolonged Sedentary Time
Press release from American Journal of Nursing.
New Accumulator Adjustment Programs Threaten Chronically Ill Patients
Posting from Health Affairs blog.
4 Reasons Why Physicians Will Become Extinct
Press release from the KevinMD blog.
Crossing the Global Health Care Quality Chasm — A Key Component of Universal Health Coverage
Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
MedPAC Comment on CMS's Proposed Rule on the ESRD PPS Update for CY 2019 and DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program
Letter (19-page PDF) from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission.
New Fact Sheet on Medical Privacy of Protected Health Information
Notice from the Northwest Renal Network.


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