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The benefits of daily hemodialysis treatments seem obvious. Daily treatments more closely resemble normal kidney function than three-times-a-week treatments. It also means fewer dietary and fluid restrictions as well as fewer medications. Patient testimonials about the benefits of daily treatments are abundant.

Medicare payment policy, also known as the composite rate, is based on three-times-a-week dialysis. This is, at first glance, less expensive for the government than daily treatments. Evidence is building, however, that daily treatments may result in overall lower healthcare costs for end-stage renal disease patients by reducing hospitalizations and lowering overall drug costs.

The most expensive cost component of a hemodialysis treatment is the patient-care (nursing) labor. This can be greatly reduced by performing hemodialysis treatments in the home. A new generation of home hemodialysis machines is currently under development that greatly simplifies their operation and reduces the burden on a home partner. The Internet also makes remote monitoring of the dialysis machines by trained professional staff affordable and convenient.

Warning:  Changes should never be made in a patient's treatment or care based solely on the information found here.  Every patient has unique healthcare concerns and considerations and all these factors must all be taken into account before any changes can be safely made.  All medical and therapeutic decisions must come from a qualified health care provider.  Read RenalWEB's Legal Disclaimer before proceeding.


  NEWS & LATEST ARTICLES
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Intensive Hemodialysis, Mineral and Bone Disorder, and Phosphate Binder Use - Intensive Hemodialysis: Potential for Improving Patient Outcomes - Free, Full-Text, Supplement Issue of American Journal of Kidney Diseases - November 2016
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Editor's note: How much longer must U.S. patients endure the cardiac and cerebral stunning associated with the junk-bond shotgun dialysis that destroys their lives? What are the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and the Renal Physicians Association (RPA) waiting for? Do we need a major newspaper to expose the financial ties between the junk-bond dialysis corporations and the memberships of these organizations?
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New Data on Benefits of More Frequent Hemodialysis - Press release from NxStage. New NxStage web site on recent AJKD November supplement on intensive hemodialysis. - November 16, 2016

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Expanding Home Dialysis Among Options in Draft Senate Bill - Bloomberg BNA article via Kidney Care Partners. News brief from AHANews. InsideHealthPolicy article via Kidney Care Partners. - October 27, 2016

The bill is a 68-page pdf. Section 102 is "expanding access to home dialysis therapy." Section 202 is "allowing end-stage renal disease beneficiaries to choose a Medicare Advantage plan."

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Home Hemodialysis Associated Infection — The "Achilles' Heel" of Intensive Hemodialysis - Early View Abstract from Hemodialysis International - October 25, 2016

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  WEB RESOURCES
blue ball Latest Scientific Journal Articles on Home and Daily Dialysis Continually Updated!
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Home Dialysis Toolkit - resource to assist facilities in meeting the requirements of the Conditions of Coverage from the Medical Advisory Council (MAC) of the Forum.

blue ball Home Hemodialysis Fact Sheet (pdf format requires Adobe Acrobat reader.) from the American Nephrology Nurses’ Association
blue ball Home Hemodialysis from the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) web site
blue ball Home Hemodialysis from the National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NKUDIC)
blue ball Home Dialysis DVD from Home Dialysis Central web site
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GUIDE, a Structured Predialysis Program That Increases the Use of Home Dialysis from Clinical Kidney Journal. - May 30, 2016

blue ball Home Dialysis Assessment Tool (pdf) from the Home Dialysis Central web site
blue ball Book: Daily and Nocturnal Hemodialysis by Lindsay, Buoncristiani, Lockridge, Pierratos, and Ting © 2004
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Book: Help, I Need Dialysis! How to have a good future with kidney disease by Dori Schatell, MS and Dr. John Agar © 2012

blue ball Nocturnal Home Hemodialysis - A First Person Account, Part I and Part II by Michael Williams
blue ball PD and Home Hemo Coverage Maps from the Home Dialysis Central web site
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Self-Cannulation - Video via Renal Fellow Network web site

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A Home Dialysis Slide Show—And Sign Up For A Meeting! from the NxStage web site

blue ball Search result for Nocturnal dialysis by Google Continually Updated!
blue ball Home Dialysis web sites by Yahoo! Continually Updated!
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  HOME AND NOCTURNAL DIALYSIS PROGRAMS
Find a home dialysis center in your area from the Home Dialysis Central web site
The following Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) were prepared by the staff of the Nocturnal Home Hemodialysis (NHHD) program at the Humber River Regional Hospital in Toronto.
Lynchburg Nephrology (Virginia) has their Nightly Home Hemodialysis (NHHD) Program.
Rogosin Kidney Center of The Rogosin Institute is the first center in the New York City metropolitan area to offer patients nocturnal hemodialysis. This type of self care home dialysis offers patients independence and freedom for day time activities.

Four, well known, not-for-profit dialysis providers:

Northwest Kidney Centers
Satellite Healthcare
DCI

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  PUBMED SEARCHES (National Library of Medicine's MEDLINE Database)
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MEDLINE / Pubmed Information from the National Library of Medicine
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  K/DOQI™ -  Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative
NKF-K/DOQI Clinical Practice Guidelines
 

 

Clinical Practice Guidelines and Clinical Practice Recommendations 2006 Updates
K/DOQI Home Page from the National Kidney Foundation web site
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  DISCUSSION FORUM
Care-Partners for Home Dialysis discussion page
Daily, Home, Nocturnal Hemodialysis Discussion Forum - RenalWEB Discussion Forum
Home Dialysis Central Face Book discussion page
Home Dialyzors United Face Book discussion page
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  RELATED TOPICS
Adequate Hemodialysis Therapy - topic page from RenalWEB
Hemodialysis Dose and Adequacy from NIDDK
Clinical Practice Guideline on Adequacy of Hemodialysis - a book available from the Renal Physicians Association web site
Consensus Statement: Mortality and Morbidity of Dialysis from the NIH Consensus Development Program (written in 1993 with 1998 update)
United States Renal Data System (USRDS) 
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  UPCOMING EVENTS
 
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  INPUT / SUGGESTIONS
E-mail to RenalWEB on the Hemodialysis Adequacy Topic
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