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Dr. William Fissell's Artificial Kidney
Article from Vanderbilt University.
Sustained Infection Reduction in Outpatient Hemodialysis Centers Participating in a Collaborative Bloodstream Infection Prevention Effort
FirstView abstract from Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology.

(info from CDC) This new CDC study shows that decreases to certain bloodstream infection (BSI) rates can be maintained through the use and implementation of CDC dialysis BSI prevention tools. The new study reported a 44% drop in access-related bloodstream infections (ARBSI) and estimated more than 60% of expected ARBSIs may have been prevented over the four year period among dialysis patients treated at facilities using the CDC’s Core Interventions for Dialysis BSI Prevention as part of a collaborative project.

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Survival by Dialysis Modality—Who Cares?
CJASN Express abstract.

"Patients care more about how they will live instead of how long. It is our responsibility to align our research with their needs. Only by doing so can we meet the challenges of ESRD patient care in the coming decades."

Editor's note: This was written by two non-American nephrologists. U.S. nephrologists in for-profit dialysis care are just now beginning to work to meet some of their patients' psychosocial and quality-of-life needs.

The American junk-bond-financed model of care is based on minimal treatment and minimal psychosocial support. CMS policies not only support this model, but are largely shaped by it. U.S. dialysis care is an unfortunate example of failed patient advocacy on many levels.

Free, Full-Text March 2016 Issue of Journal of Renal Care
8 full-text articles from this European journal including:

New CMS Reporting Requirement for 2016: Clinical Depression Screening for Dialysis
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
DaVita Receives Yet Another False Claims Act Inquiry
News item from Seeking Alpha. Articles from the Denver Business Journal and The Denver Post.

"DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc., which swung to a fourth-quarter net loss, said Thursday it is setting aside $22.5 million to cover expected damages related to false-claims allegations in its pharmacy business."

Editor's note:
Why is Kent Thiry still permitted to do business with Medicare? Business tricks to "make the numbers" for a junk-credit-rating corporation are making a mockery of the honest efforts of others in this field of medical care.
DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. 4th Quarter 2015 Results
News release. Edited transcript of DVA earnings conference call from Thomson StreetEvents.

"Net loss attributable to DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. for the quarter ended December 31, 2015 including these items was $(6) million, or $(0.03) per share."
Fresenius’ Frenova Launches Clinical Trial Accelerator
Article from MassDevice.
PROOF Centre Collaboration Focuses on Prognostic Biomarkers for Chronic Kidney Disease
Press release from the Centre of Excellence for the Prevention of Organ Failure (PROOF Centre) in Vancouver, BC.
The History of Hemodialysis Sheds Light on the Ethical Use of Limited Medical Resources
Press release and CJASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
Organ Transplant Industry Holds Promise for Investors
Article from U.S. News and World Report.
REVOKE IV Iron or FIND-CKD Patients?
(Registration required, but free.) Video blog by Berns on Nephrology via Medscape Nephrology.
The Emotional Connection in the Patient Caregiver Relationship
Article from Nephrology News & Issues.
Associations of Pulmonary Function with Serum Biomarkers and Dialysis Adequacy in Patients Undergoing Peritoneal Dialysis
First Online abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
Chronic Care Working Group Releases Comments on Options Paper
Press release and comments (listing is a 12-page pdf) from the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance.
Giving Support to Others – Not Just Receiving It – Has Beneficial Effects
Press release and abstract from Psychosomatic Medicine: Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine.
CDC Offering Zika Virus Tests for Pregnant Women
Article from HealthDay.
The Ethical Challenges of Compassionate Use
Free, full-text, Online First viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
CMS Eases Final Rule Requiring Providers, Suppliers to Report Overpayments
News briefs from Healthcare DIVE and AHANewsNow. Article from MedPage Today (registration required). Final rule from the Federal Register.

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