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 […]

Understanding Tassin

Understanding Tassin– or – Perhaps God Is Smarter Than U.S. Nephrologists by Gary Peterson, 3/24/2015 (Last edited: (3/25, 5:35 AM ET) Those wishing to comment can post on the FixDialysis blog. Everyone involved in dialysis care should be required to look at Tassin, France  (1999 and 2006 articles).  Patients lived exceptionally long lives with normal […]

Will ideas delivered by Tom Parker “catch fire”

Rosa Park’s simple action helped speaker Thomas Parker III, MD, deliver his message during the American Nephrology Nurses Association’s Janel Parker Memorial Plenary Session yesterday at ANNA’s 44th national symposium held in Las Vegas. Dr. Parker, one of the founding members of physician practice group Dallas Nephrology Associates, set the stage for his presentation with […]

Report from the ADC: Finding a way home

By Mark E. Neumann, Nephrology News & Issues SEATTLE––Should we blame the untrained nephrologists or the medical directors that are ambivalent? The dialysis providers focused on paying off their bricks and mortar? Patients not able to handle intensive dialysis or the cost of home renovations? Inconsistent guidance from Medicare’s fiscal intermediaries on payment for more […]

Hemodialysis at Home Is a Better Way for a Better Life

By Joe Turk… More than 570,000 Americans are living with end-stage renal disease, the vast majority of whom are dependent on dialysis treatments to replace kidney function. For some of these patients, home hemodialysis is a viable treatment option that should be available. Unfortunately, access is severely limited today — largely because Medicare’s dialysis payment […]

Freedom for dialysis patients

By Kathe Lebeau….On Tuesday, I’m lucky to be speaking at Home Dialyzors United’s third-annual meet up and conference in Baltimore. As an end stage renal disease patient currently doing home hemodialysis treatment, this is an issue I am passionate about. And, mostly because I’m an actual home dialysis patient, I’m able to attend the conference […]