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  • New survey looks at impact of dialysis on the environment
    Dialysis clinics in Australia are taking valuable steps toward reducing the impact of dialysis on the environment, according to recently published data. The “Green Dialysis Survey” helped to establish a baseline for environmental sustainability across dialysis facilities in Victoria, Australia. According to Barraclough and colleagues, the survey aimed to establish a baseline for environmental sustainability across Victorian dialysis facilities and to guide future initiatives to reduce the environmental impact of dialysis delivery. Nurse unit managers… ... read more
    Source: Nephrology NewsPublished on 2017-11-30
  • Dining Out Successfully at Mongolian Grill
    My next dining out adventure takes me to bd’s Mongolian Grill. It is a unique franchise restaurant where you actually have the ability to pick out what items you want to eat in your stir-fry.  The staff then cooks your food right in front of you. A plus for dialysis patients is you can stack up protein in your stir-fry bowl to help reach your protein goal for the month. Bd’s Mongolian Grill Kidney-friendly Guide Here… ... read more
    Source: Daviat-kidney-diet-tipsPublished on 2017-11-30
  • Straight From The Patient’s Mouth: Videos Can Clearly State Your End-Of-Life Wishes
    Navigating Aging Navigating Aging focuses on medical issues and advice associated with aging and end-of-life care, helping America’s 45 million seniors and their families navigate the health care system. To contact Judith Graham with a question or comment, click here. Join the Navigating Aging Facebook Group. See All Columns For years, Wendy Forman, considered how to make her wishes known if she became… ... read more
    Source: hkhn.orgPublished on 2017-11-30
  • NRAA announces new leadership
    At its annual conference last month, the National Renal Administrators Association announced its new leadership team for 2017-2018. “The leadership is confident that with these individuals at the helm, the organization is poised for growth, service and continuing to provide a voice for the independent dialysis providers,” according to a news release from the NRAA. William Poirier, MBA, BSN, BA, RN, the regional administrator for Greenfield Health Systems in Bingham Farms, Michigan, was inducted as… ... read more
    Source: Nephrology NewsPublished on 2017-11-29
  • High Uric Acid Ups Renal Failure Risk in Some CKD Patients
    Among CKD patients with an eGFR of 45 mL/min/1.73 m2 or above, each 1 SD increase in baseline uric acid levels is independently associated with a 40% increased risk of kidney failure. ... read more
    Source: Renal and Urology NewsPublished on 2017-11-29
  • Skilled nursing facilities to get new Medicare payment code for treatment of patients with AKI
    Starting Jan. 1, CMS will begin paying separately for dialysis treatments for patients with acute kidney injury who receive care in skilled nursing facilities. Establishing the new payment code––G0491––for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) under Medicare Part A comes 1 year after the agency began covering AKI patient care in outpatient dialysis clinics. The policy, sought by dialysis providers for several years, pays the standard bundled payment rate for an outpatient dialysis treatment, but allows providers… ... read more
    Source: Nephrology NewsPublished on 2017-11-28
  • Managing Diabetes and Peritoneal Dialysis
    I work with many patients who have diabetes and who get their dialysis through  peritoneal dialysis (PD) treatments. Peritoneal dialysis is one of the treatment options a kidney doctor may prescribe. Some patients have experienced body weight gain almost immediately after starting PD. Some remain about the same weight as when they started their treatments. Other patients may require more insulin to help control their blood sugar levels. One thing I’ve learned is that each patient is different, requiring an… ... read more
    Source: Daviat-kidney-diet-tipsPublished on 2017-11-28
  • SLACK Incorporated acquires Nephrology News & Issues from Grand View Media Group
    THOROFARE — Nephrology News & Issues will begin its 31st year of publishing under new owners SLACK Incorporated, a Wyanoke Group Company. Nephrology News & Issues joins the company’s extensive portfolio of specialty-focused health care titles in print and online at Healio.com. “SLACK Incorporated has long been committed to providing quality content to medical specialists,” Peter N. Slack, president and chief executive officer of the Wyanoke Group, said. “Nephrology News & Issues supports our mission… ... read more
    Source: Nephrology NewsPublished on 2017-11-27
  • Hemodialysis, Peritoneal Dialysis Offer Similar Survival
    Effect of either dialysis modality on survival does not vary over time, study finds. ... read more
    Source: Renal and Urology NewsPublished on 2017-11-27
  • Kidney Risks Differ Among Oral Anticoagulant Drugs for AFib
    Dabigatran and rivaroxaban were associated with lower risks of adverse renal outcomes compared with warfarin. ... read more
    Source: Renal and Urology NewsPublished on 2017-11-27
  • Acute Kidney Injury Predicts Heart Failure
    In a study of hospitalized US veterans, AKI was associated with a 23% increased risk of heart failure compared with the absence of AKI. ... read more
    Source: Renal and Urology NewsPublished on 2017-11-24
  • KDIGO guidelines formalize evaluation process, care approach for kidney donors
    A new set of practice guidelines aims to help transplant professionals provide better evaluation and care for living kidney donors. The Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) organization released the guidelines in August, although a draft was distributed for public comments as early as October 2013. The guidelines were developed by a group of international physicians in transplantation and dialysis care and in consultation with The Transplantation Society.. Guideline has 19 sections The literature review… ... read more
    Source: Nephrology NewsPublished on 2017-11-20
  • More states are approving enhanced nurse licensure compacts
    Twenty-six states have passed legislation to enact the enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). Per the bill, “This Compact shall become effective and binding on the earlier of the date of legislative enactment of this Compact into law by no less than twenty-six (26) states or December 31, 2018.” The states include Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South… ... read more
    Source: Nephrology NewsPublished on 2017-11-20
  • Best practices for mitigating the risks of EMR eDiscovery
    Abstract Electronic medical record systems (EMRs) are the lifeblood of dialysis facilities; they avoid the gaps in documentation that occur with paper records, enhance consistency, and improve facility efficiency. But they can also create vulnerabilities when it comes to litigation and regulatory investigations. This article will cover the potential risks of EMRs in e-discovery and explain what best practices health care facilities can follow to avoid these risks. It also addresses how to mitigate the… ... read more
    Source: Nephrology NewsPublished on 2017-11-20
  • AKI in the outpatient dialysis setting
    This past January, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services began reimbursing for services provided to Medicare patients with acute kidney injury requiring dialysis (AKI-D). This represents a return to a financially sustainable approach to providing outpatient care for these patients after CMS removed the ability for hospitals to be reimbursed for payments to outpatient ESRD facilities for Medicare patients with AKI-D in 2012.1 Epidemiology The incidence of AKI-D in hospitalized patients in the United… ... read more
    Source: Nephrology NewsPublished on 2017-11-20
  • 10 Thanksgiving Holiday Hacks
    It is easy to load up on phosphorus, potassium, sodium and calories during Thanksgiving or any holiday. With a few small changes to the menu, a renal-friendly meal can be served. Menu Suggestions Here are a few suggestions for more kidney-friendly menu options: Smashed cauliflower swapped for mashed potatoes is a tasty, low-potassium replacement. Try this Almost Mashed Potatoes recipe. Adding steamed cauliflower with chives, butter, garlic or other spices to a food processor makes the texture… ... read more
    Source: Daviat-kidney-diet-tipsPublished on 2017-11-20
  • Maybe the Marines have it right
    One of the advantages of writing a column is the ability to hijack it when the need arises. Recently I retired and moved to the Camp Pendleton Marine base in San Diego. But lessons in patient care weren’t far behind. Never doing half-way When I retired, I was going to get into shape. One of the advantages of living on a military base is the multiple free gyms. So shortly after moving, I went… ... read more
    Source: Nephrology NewsPublished on 2017-11-17
  • Manganese-based MRI contrast agent may be safer alternative to gadolinium-based agents
    Researchers have developed a potential alternative to gadolinium-based contrast agents for magnetic resonance imaging that may be safer for people with impaired kidney function. In their report that has been published online in Radiology, a team of Massachusetts General Hospital researchers describe experiments showing in a primate model that the manganese-based agent Mn-PyC3A produced contrast enhancement of blood vessels equivalent to that of gadolinium-based agents. “All current FDA-approved MR contrast agents contain gadolinium, which in… ... read more
    Source: Nephrology NewsPublished on 2017-11-17
  • Kidney-Friendly Recipe Review: Easy Low Phosphorus Fudge
    Have you been looking for a low phosphorus chocolate fix? Well, Easy Low Phosphorus Fudge might be a great option for you! Many of the patients who have tried it really enjoyed having this sweet treat. Plus it offers chocolate lovers a great low phosphorus alternative to a high phosphorus indulgence. Easy Low Phosphorus Fudge Nutrition Portion size is important when it comes to sneaking in some of the foods that have always been a “no no” in… ... read more
    Source: Daviat-kidney-diet-tipsPublished on 2017-11-17
  • How Older Patients Can Dodge Pitfalls Entrenched In Health Care System
    Navigating Aging Navigating Aging focuses on medical issues and advice associated with aging and end-of-life care, helping America’s 45 million seniors and their families navigate the health care system. To contact Judith Graham with a question or comment, click here. Join the Navigating Aging Facebook Group. See All Columns Being old and sick in America frequently means a doctor won’t ask you about… ... read more
    Source: hkhn.orgPublished on 2017-11-16
  • Can the dialysis recovery time be improved?
    Abstract Patient-reported outcome metrics are critical to establishing a more patient-centered dialysis delivery care model. Dialysis recovery time after a hemodialysis session impacts patients’ well-being. This pilot project examined easy-to-implement hemodialysis prescription changes in patients undergoing in-center hemodialysis with a dialysis recovery time of 12 hours or more to understand if any of the interventions improve dialysis recovery times. Thirteen patients received stepwise prescription interventions of adjusted dialysate sodium, reduced blood flow rate, and decreased… ... read more
    Source: Nephrology NewsPublished on 2017-11-15
  • Study: Expanding geographic sharing of lower quality donor kidneys would increase transplants
    Broadening the geographic range that a number of deceased-donor kidneys would be available would increase the number of transplants and improve the lives of patients unlikely to receive one based on where they live, according to study published in Production and Operations Management. “The problem is there is a big disparity across different geographies,” said Mazhar Arikan, associate professor of supply chain management in the University of Kansas School of Business and co-author of the… ... read more
    Source: Nephrology NewsPublished on 2017-11-15
  • Collagen-based drug delivery system may improve AV fistula maturation rate
    Preliminary results from a Phase 3 study suggest an investigational treatment approach may improve the maturation rate for arteriovenous (AV) fistula. At ASN’s Kidney Week 2017 Vascular Therapies Inc. presented preliminary results relating to analysis of the first 18 (open-label) patients from its U.S. Phase 3 study of its collagen-based drug delivery system. In the clinical trial, surgeons deliver the drug sirolimus to the AV fistula at and around the regions where the vein and… ... read more
    Source: Nephrology NewsPublished on 2017-11-15
  • How DaVita Diet Helper Helps Me Manage Chronic Kidney Disease: A User’s Story
    I learned I have chronic kidney disease (CKD) in 2013 when I was hospitalized with a blood pressure (BP) of 240/110. At the time, my glomerular filtration rate (GFR) was 23, and although I was at stage 4 CKD, I did nothing about it. A normal GFR is around 100; a level of 23 means my kidneys were functioning at only 23%. I did not see a nephrologist or any doctor, other than to get BP medication… ... read more
    Source: Daviat-kidney-diet-tipsPublished on 2017-11-15
  • Uric Acid-Lowering Therapy Helps Kidney, Heart
    Uric acid-lowering therapy might improve kidney outcomes, including kidney failure events, proteinuria, and the rate of change in eGFR, and seem to reduce the risk of cardiovascular events in adults with CKD. ... read more
    Source: Renal and Urology NewsPublished on 2017-11-14
  • Amgen Foundation gives American Kidney Fund $100,000 for disaster relief efforts in Puerto Rico
    The American Kidney Fund said it has received $100,000 from the Amgen Foundation to help fund its disaster relief efforts in Puerto Rico. Nearly eight weeks after Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, the American Kidney Fund continues to provide grants to dialysis patients who need assistance to pay for medications, special diet foods, and personal essentials lost in the storm, as well as transportation to treatment. The Amgen Foundation has also supported AKF’s… ... read more
    Source: Nephrology NewsPublished on 2017-11-13
  • DaVita sees profit loss due to underperforming managed care business
    DaVita Inc. reported $155 million, or $0.81 per share, in adjusted net income for the third quarter of 2017. Net loss for the quarter was $214 million, or $1.14 per share, which included non-cash goodwill impairment charges related to the DaVita Medical Group (DMG). Unadjusted net income attributable to DaVita Inc. for the quarter was $571 million, or $2.76 per share. Earnings declined almost 15% compared to the same quarter last year. “We recognize that the business is not achieving our capital… ... read more
    Source: Nephrology NewsPublished on 2017-11-13
  • Understanding Diabetes and Blood Sugar Control
    Imagine this scene. Your doctor tells you that you have diabetes. You are afraid as you are not too sure what it all means. You start hearing new terms such as blood glucose, insulin, hemoglobin A1c, fasting blood glucose, fasting blood sugars and it seems overwhelming. So let’s take a minute to break it down. Understanding your disease is the first step in maintaining your health. So what exactly does it mean to have diabetes?  When… ... read more
    Source: Daviat-kidney-diet-tipsPublished on 2017-11-13
  • IV Sodium Bicarbonate Does Not Reduce AKI Risk After Angiography
    Contrast-associated acute kidney injury occurred in 9.5% and 9.1% of patients receiving IV sodium bicarbonate and acetylcysteine, respectively, rates which did not differ significantly from the 8.3% rate among those receiving IV sodium chloride. ... read more
    Source: Renal and Urology NewsPublished on 2017-11-13
  • 7 days a week dialysis service positively impacts patient compliance, hospitalization and survival
    New findings demonstrating positive outcomes related to seven days a week dialysis services were presented Nov. 4 at the American Society of Nephrology’s Kidney Week 2017 in New Orleans.  The research was conducted by a group of nephrologists from Centro Brasiliense de Nefrologia & Dialise (CBN&D), Brazil. This abstract entitled “Seven Days a Week Dialysis Service to Achieve an Effective In-Center Short Daily Hemodialysis Program” and prepared by Pedro Pascoal, Adolfo Simon, Kelia Xavier, Vilber… ... read more
    Source: Nephrology NewsPublished on 2017-11-10
  • SEE PHOTO: Photo captures tearful moment widow touches dead husband’s skin on stranger
    ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — Standing in a stately Mayo Clinic library, Lilly Ross reached out and touched the face of a stranger, prodding the rosy cheeks and eyeing the hairless gap in a chin she once had known so well. “That’s why he always grew it so long, so he could try to mesh it together on the chin,” she told Andy Sandness, as he shut his eyes and braced for the tickle of her… ... read more
    Source: wkrg.comPublished on 2017-11-10
  • Spicing up Fall Foods with Healthy Spices
    Fall has arrived, which means enjoying cooler weather, holidays, and comfort foods. If you’re looking for a unique way to experience these fall favorites, consider adding new spices to some of your favorite dishes, or experiment with new dishes. What’s so Special about Spices? Spices are made from seeds, fruits, roots, flowers, bark, or other plant components. They are good seasoning choices for dialysis patients because in their pure form they contain no sodium or potassium. When… ... read more
    Source: Daviat-kidney-diet-tipsPublished on 2017-11-09
  • Nighttime hypertension may predict risk of kidney failure in children
    Monitoring blood pressure during the night may help identify children with kidney disease who are at risk of progressing to kidney failure, according to a study presented at ASN Kidney Week 2017 in New Orleans. Recent studies in adults indicate that night-time high blood pressure, independent of daytime blood pressure, is linked with more severe end organ damage. To look at the issue in children, Mónica Guzmán-Limón, MD, from McGovern Medical School at the University of… ... read more
    Source: Nephrology NewsPublished on 2017-11-08
  • Auryxia gets FDA approval to treat iron deficiency anemia in adults with chronic kidney disease
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Keryx Biopharmaceuticals Inc.’s Auryxia for to treat iron deficiency anemia in adults with chronic kidney disease, not on dialysis. The drug was originally approved in September 2014 for the control of serum phosphorus levels in people with chronic kidney disease who require dialysis. Auryxia’s supplemental new drug application (sNDA) approval was based on results from a 24-week placebo controlled Phase 3 clinical trial in 234 adults with stage… ... read more
    Source: Nephrology NewsPublished on 2017-11-08
  • Ferric Citrate Approved for Anemia in CKD Patients
    Study results show that the phosphate binder was superior to placebo in raising hemoglobin levels in non-dialysis-dependent CKD patients with iron-deficiency anemia. ... read more
    Source: Renal and Urology NewsPublished on 2017-11-08
  • California Cracks Down On Weed Killer As Lawsuits Abound
    Jack McCall was a fixture at the local farmers market, where he sold avocados and other fruits he grew on his 20-acre ranch in Cambria, on California’s Central Coast. The U.S. postal worker and Little League coach was “very environmentally friendly,” said Teri McCall, his wife of 41 years. He avoided chemicals, using only his tractor-mower to root out the thistle and other weeds that continually sprouted on the flat areas of the ranch. But… ... read more
    Source: hkhn.orgPublished on 2017-11-08
  • Common Heartburn Meds Show Ties to Kidney Trouble
    Title: Common Heartburn Meds Show Ties to Kidney TroubleCategory: Health NewsCreated: 11/7/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 11/7/2017 12:00:00 AM ... read more
    Source: Medicine NetPublished on 2017-11-08
  • HHS to launch initiative encouraging innovation in kidney care
    The Department of Health and Human Services announced last week that it will establish a public-private fund to help move new technology forward in treating kidney disease. Called the Kidney Innovation Accelerator, the fund “would be capable of seeding and accelerating not just incremental improvements in treating kidney disease, but will foster real breakthroughs in dialysis and other treatments for kidney disease,” according to a statement released by HHS. The Accelerator will also bring together… ... read more
    Source: Nephrology NewsPublished on 2017-11-07
  • Baxter’s expanded hemodialysis may be more convenient alternative to hemodiafiltration
    Baxter International Inc. highlighted new data from two studies presented at Kidney Week on its expanded hemodialysis (HDx) therapy enabled by the Theranova dialyzer. The studies were conducted by clinicians in the United Kingdom and Germany. Theranova is designed to enable HDx and remove large molecular weight toxins in dialysis patients. It’s currently available in Europe, select markets in Latin America, the Middle East and Far East, as well as in Australia and New Zealand.… ... read more
    Source: Nephrology NewsPublished on 2017-11-07
  • Today’s Kidney Diet Home-Cooked Holidays Cookbook
    November marks the kick-off of winter holidays, directing our focus to holiday shopping, decorations and food. In conjunction, DaVita is kicking off the Today’s Kidney Diet (TKD) Home-Cooked Holidays cookbook. This holiday cookbook includes kidney-friendly Thanksgiving dishes like Pear and Cranberry Salad, low-potassium Almost Mashed Potatoes and a healthy, low-sodium version of the favorite Green Bean Casserole. In addition you’ll find two new holiday cookie recipes—Chewy Peppermint Cookies and Pumpkin Cookies, plus Cranberry Nut Bread—great for a holiday… ... read more
    Source: Daviat-kidney-diet-tipsPublished on 2017-11-07
  • Enriched By The Poor: California Health Insurers Make Billions Through Medicaid
    Medicaid is rarely associated with getting rich. The patients are poor, the budgets tight and payments to doctors often paltry. But some insurance companies are reaping spectacular profits off the taxpayer-funded program in California, even when the state finds their patient care is subpar. A unit of Centene Corp., the largest Medicaid insurer nationwide, raked in $1.1 billion in profits from 2014 to 2016, according to state data obtained and analyzed by Kaiser Health News.… ... read more
    Source: hkhn.orgPublished on 2017-11-06
  • Enriched By The Poor: California Health Insurers Make Billions Through Medicaid
    Medicaid is rarely associated with getting rich. The patients are poor, the budgets tight and payments to doctors often paltry. But some insurance companies are reaping spectacular profits off the taxpayer-funded program in California, even when the state finds their patient care is subpar. A unit of Centene Corp., the largest Medicaid insurer nationwide, raked in $1.1 billion in profits from 2014 to 2016, according to state data obtained and analyzed by Kaiser Health News.… ... read more
    Source: hkhn.orgPublished on 2017-11-06
  • Sickle Cell Patients Suffer Discrimination, Poor Care — And Shorter Lives
    NeDina Brocks-Capla sits in her kitchen in San Francisco. Her son Kareem Jones died at age 36 from sickle cell disease. (Jenny Gold/KHN) For more than a year, NeDina Brocks-Capla avoided one room in her large, brightly colored San Francisco house — the bathroom on the second floor. “It was really hard to bathe in here, and I found myself not wanting to touch the walls,” she explained. The bathroom is where Brocks-Capla’s son Kareem… ... read more
    Source: hkhn.orgPublished on 2017-11-06
  • Sickle Cell Patients Suffer Discrimination, Poor Care — And Shorter Lives
    NeDina Brocks-Capla sits in her kitchen in San Francisco. Her son Kareem Jones died at age 36 from sickle cell disease. (Jenny Gold/KHN) For more than a year, NeDina Brocks-Capla avoided one room in her large, brightly colored San Francisco house — the bathroom on the second floor. “It was really hard to bathe in here, and I found myself not wanting to touch the walls,” she explained. The bathroom is where Brocks-Capla’s son Kareem… ... read more
    Source: hkhn.orgPublished on 2017-11-06
  • IV Iron, Erythropoietin Equally Effective for Anemia in HD Patients
    Intravenous iron and erythropoietin produced a similar hemoglobin response among hemodialysis patients with moderate anemia. ... read more
    Source: Renal and Urology NewsPublished on 2017-11-05
  • IV Iron, Erythropoietin Equally Effective for Anemia in HD Patients
    Intravenous iron and erythropoietin produced a similar hemoglobin response among hemodialysis patients with moderate anemia. ... read more
    Source: Renal and Urology NewsPublished on 2017-11-05
  • Acute Kidney Injury After Cardiac Revascularization on the Rise
    From 2004 to 2012, the incidence of AKI increased from 4.9% to 14.2% among CABG patients and from 2.7% to 8.8% among PCI patients. ... read more
    Source: Renal and Urology NewsPublished on 2017-11-04
  • Acute Kidney Injury After Cardiac Revasularization on the Rise
    From 2004 to 2012, the incidence of AKI increased from 4.9% to 14.2% among CABG patients and from 2.7% to 8.8% among PCI patients. ... read more
    Source: Renal and Urology NewsPublished on 2017-11-04
  • Predialysis Anemia Treatment May Cut Mortality After HD Initiation
    HD patients with untreated or ineffectively treated anemia prior to dialysis initiation were more likely to die than those who had consistently well-treated anemia. ... read more
    Source: Renal and Urology NewsPublished on 2017-11-04
  • AKI More Likely After Intracoronary Versus IV Contrast Delivery
    In a phase 3 trial, acute kidney injury developed in 13.2% of patients undergoing invasive coronary angiography compared with 5.6% of those undergoing computed tomography angiography. ... read more
    Source: Renal and Urology NewsPublished on 2017-11-04