Voice Your Concerns

While we do not want to become political on the HDU website, we feel that it is critical that everyone understand how the new AHCA, recently passed by the House, will impact ESRD, dialysis and transplant patients. I urge you to read this NKF summary and contact your Representatives to voice your opinion. As we […]

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 […]

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 […]

HDU Comments on 2017 CMS ESRD Proposed Rule

August 23, 2016 Mr. Andy Slavitt Acting Administrator Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services Attention: CMS-1628-P P.O. Box 8010 Baltimore, Maryland 21244-8010   Re: CMS-1651-P—CMS Proposed Updates to Policies and Payment Rates for ESRD PPS, QIP, Coverage and Payment for Acute Kidney Injury, DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program and Fee […]

HDU Comments to CMS on Dialysis in the LTC Setting

September 15, 2015   Mr. Andrew Slavitt Acting Administrator Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Department of Health & Human Services Attention: CMS-3260-P P.O. Box 8010 Baltimore, Maryland 21244 Re: CMS-3260-P: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Reform of Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities Dear Acting Administrator Slavitt: Home Dialyzors United (HDU) appreciates the opportunity to provide […]

IMPROVING PATIENT ACCESS TO HOME DIALYSIS

JULY 2015 Numerous studies have shown that patients with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) who dialyze at home, using either peritoneal dialysis (PD) or home hemodialysis (HHD) have a much better quality of life and excellent treatment outcomes, including increased survival rates and fewer hospitalizations. For most patients with ESRD, dialysis is the primary option when […]

HDU Submits Comments to CMS 2015

August 24, 2015   Mr. Andy Slavitt Acting Administrator Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services Attention: CMS-1628-P P.O. Box 8010 Baltimore, Maryland 21244-8010   Re: CMS-1628-P—Medicare Program; End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System, and Quality Incentive Program Dear Acting Administrator Slavitt: On behalf of Home Dialyzors United (HDU), we […]

NNI Reports on the Nipro Needle Issue

Clinical / Home Dialysis / Top News Stories Some home dialysis patients express concerns about safety of the Nipro buttonhole needles   By Rebecca Zumoff MAY 14, 2015 No Comments   PRINT / REPRINTS / SHARE ON FACEBOOKSHARE ON TWITTERSHARE ON LINKEDIN| MORE     After receiving several complaints form home hemodialysis patients about difficulty […]