2016 TOP TEN

    The ABCs of HDU: ADVOCACY, BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE, and COMMUNICATING OUR MESSAGE   As 2016 comes to a close, it seems only appropriate to summarize the accomplishments of HDU, and develop a new plan for 2017: ADVOCACY Met with key people and commented on documents at CMS, GAO, PCORI, The Alliance for […]

Nephrology News & Issues (NN&I) Article Many ESRD patients lack advance directives near the end of life

Many ESRD patients lack advance directives near the end of life Among nursing home residents in the last year of life, patients with kidney failure were less likely to have advance directives that put limitations on treatments and designated surrogate decision makers compared with other nursing home residents with serious illnesses NN&I STAFF — JANUARY […]

Nephrology News & Issues (NN&I) Bill introduced in Senate would expand telehealth options for home dialysis patients by Rebecca Zumoff

POLICY & POLITICS Bill introduced in Senate would expand telehealth options for home dialysis patients REBECCA ZUMOFF — DECEMBER 19, 2016 Getty Images/iStockphoto/ThinkStock Senate Finance Committee Chair Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, introduced the Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act of 2016 (S. 3504) on Dec. 6, which includes a section […]

Home Dialysis Central (HDC) Drive-Through Dialysis by Nieltje Gedney (blog post for Home Dialysis Central)

HOME DIALYSIS CENTRAL Drive-Through Dialysis This blog post was made by Nieltje Gedney on December 15th, 2016. I am angry. I am angry at myself for taking the path of least resistance and allowing myself to be a victim of sub-optimal dialysis treatment for the past year. I succumbed to the fear of reprisal by […]

Home Dialysis Central (HDC) “What is Evidence-Based Kidney Patient Education” by Dori Schatell

What Is Evidence-Based Kidney Patient Education? This blog post was made by Dori Schatell, MS, Executive Director, Medical Education Institute on November 3rd, 2016. At the non-profit Medical Education Institute (MEI), our mission is to help people with chronic disease learn to manage and improve their health. And, ever since the MEI was founded in […]

Home Dialysis Central (HDC) blog post on “An Obituary for Baxter’s Vivia Home HD Machine by Dr. John Agar

An Obituary For Baxter’s Vivia Home HD Machine This blog post was made by Dr. John Agar on September 8th, 2016. (Vivia…from vivere: to live) A month or two ago, I listened with more than a tinge of sadness as the new CEO at Baxter Healthcare in Illinois announced and sought to explain withdrawal of […]

Nephrology News & Issues (NN&I) article What’s in a name? A technician’s perspective

KIDNEY CARE COMMUNITY What’s in a name? A technician’s perspective Mention the term “patient care technician” outside the dialysis community and a variety of roles and definition will be given. DANILO B. CONCEPCION, CBNT, CCHT-A — SEPTEMBER 1, 2016 Getty Images/iStockphoto/ThinkStock Venture beyond the dialysis environment and the role of physicians, dietitians and social worker […]

Nephrology News & Issues (NN&I) Home Dialysis “Every other day nocturnal Home Hemodialysis: An alternative approach to reduce burden”

HOME DIALYSIS Every other day nocturnal home hemodialysis: An alternative approach to reduce burden MORE FREQUENT DIALYSIS HAS BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH A NUMBER OF CLINICAL, CARDIOVASCULAR, AND HEALTH-RELATED QUALITY OF LIFE BENEFITS. BUT DAILY THERAPY OFTEN RESULTS IN A BURDEN FOR PATIENTS AND CARE PARTNERS. BRIGITTE SCHILLER, MD • SHEILA DOSS-MCQUITTY, MBA, RN, CNN • […]