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HDU Comments to CMS on Conditions for Coverage

March 31, 2015 John Thomas Director, Clinical Standards Group (CSG) Center for Clinical Standards and Quality Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services 7500 Security Boulevard Baltimore, MD 21244   Dear Mr. Thomas: Home Dialyzors United (HDU) appreciates the opportunity to provide comments on the Conditions for Coverage (CfC) for […]


Nipro and the FDA

You commented. We listened. Many of you were concerned about being switched to the new Nipro needle, so HDU has sent a letter to the FDA enumerating those concerns, and asking for a meeting with them while we are in Washington DC later this month, attending the Kidney Health Initiative. Below is a copy of […]


SAVE THESE DATES!

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 HDU Annual Conference “Our Day, Our Way” September 18-20, 2015 Indiana, IN  Keep Watching for Details and Registration AND AAKP  National Patent Meeting “Spotlighting Kidney Health” Sept 25-27, 2015  Nashville TN .Click here for more information and registration. Come to one or come to all!


Home Dialyzors United Opens Discussions with EPOCH-RRT PI Francesca Tentori With a Call on Home Hemodialysis Day

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(HDU Press Release)  Memphis, TN—Home Dialyzors United (HDU) reached out to Dr. Francesca Tentori, the Primary Investigator of the “Empowering Patients on Choices for Renal Replacement Therapy” (EPOCH-RRT) study, in a call on March 19th, National Home Hemodialysis Day. We expressed our concerns about the omission of home hemodialysis in their upcoming study and decision […]


Phosphorus content in drugs can have impact

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(Health News)   Ingredient in Drugs For Dialysis Patients Linked to Side Effects, Rutgers Study Finds High levels of phosphorus can weaken bones, cause heart problems and lead to other health problems A Rutgers research project that began as a “shot in the dark” has yielded results that could help many dialysis patients avoid dangerous […]


Daily Home Hemodialysis May Have Edge vs. Peritoneal Dialysis

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(Renal & Urology News)    Daily home hemodialysis (DHD) is associated with fewer hospital admissions and a lower risk of modality failure than peritoneal dialysis (PD), according to a new study. DHD patients spent fewer days in the hospital. The study is the first to address the comparative clinical effectiveness of DHD compared with PD, investigators […]


Happy Home Hemodialysis Day to all our members, friends, and families!

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Click here to view videos about several home hemodialysis dialyzors.


Tomorrow is National Home Hemodialysis Day!

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Show us your pride on social media by posting a photo of you and family and friends in your green ribbons, and make sure you tag our friends at @NxStage and use #HomeHemodialysisDay! If you’d like to submit your photo to be used on the NxStage Facebook page, please send them in through the online […]


Home Hemodialysis Day is Thursday March 19, 2015

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Life OnThe Bridge: A Personal Documentary by Judy Weintraub

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The film Life On The Bridge, a personal documentary, takes you through that fear and the belief that life is over. No matter what the obstacle, the potential of will is always there and it is within our power to create joy in life.  That realization took a lot of learning and growing on my […]


Hearts in the Crossfire: Standard Hemodialysis Stuns Organs—But, There is Hope!

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(Home Dialysis Central) By Dori Schatell  Dr. Chris McIntyre, newly moved from the UK to the shining dialysis beacon of London Ontario, Canada, became one of my favorite people on earth during his keynote address at the recent Annual Dialysis Conference (ADC)—and we’ve never even met! In case you don’t know him either, the ADC […]


CMS Requests Suggestions for Updates to Conditions for Coverage for ESRD Facilities

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(RenalWeb)  The Clinical Standards Group (CSG) in the CMS Center for Clinical Standards and Quality (CCSQ) is responsible for developing, updating and overseeing the CMS regulations on the Conditions for Coverage (CfCs) for ESRD facilities.  These particular regulations were last revised in 2008 (116-page pdf); therefore, CSG is asking the ESRD community to review the current […]


NxStage Kidney Care Brings Flexible Therapy Options To Greater Boston Area

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(CNN Money)  NxStage’s Wakefield and Norwood Kidney Care Centers offer patients flexible dialysis therapy options, including Home Nocturnal Hemodialysis with the NxStage System –  NxStage® Kidney Care, Inc., a subsidiary of NxStage Medical, Inc. (Nasdaq: NXTM), today announced the opening of two dialysis centers in the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts. Conveniently located in Wakefield and Norwood, […]


Advance Directives

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(JAMA Patient Page)   By Amy E. Thompson, MD.  Advance directives help your family and your doctors respect your health care wishes.   WHAT ARE ADVANCE DIRECTIVES?   Advance directives are written instructions that you prepare to help guide your medical care. They apply in certain situations, such as if you are terminally ill or severely injured. […]


Kidney disease and dialysis are just part of life, and the therapy continue to improve

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(St. Louis Post Dispatch) By Henry Jackson.  Bradley Payne, 40, of Manchester, knew from a young age that his kidneys were going to fail. So he took it in stride. At 3 years old, he was diagnosed with posterior urethral valve disorder, which causes urine to back up into the kidneys, damaging, then destroying them. […]


Sporting event to be held for dialysis patients in Hyderabad, India

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(The Siasat Daily)  Aiming to boost the morale of patients, dialysis chain NephroPlus will organise a sporting event ‘Dialysis Olympiad’ for dialysis patients here. The unique sporting event will be held at Kotla Vijaya Bhaskar Reddy Stadium on February 15, Founder and CEO of NephroPlus, Vikram Vuppala, said today. “We believe that dialysis should be […]


Time to deliver patient centred care

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(British Medical Journal) Editorial by Tessa Richards,.  We must harness the energy, insight and expertise of patients, carers, and the communities that support them to help drive change Patient centred care is central to the mission of healthcare, yet traditionally neither patients nor the public have had the power to shape the services they use […]


FDA Recall of Baxter HomeChoice/HomeChoice Pro Automated Personal Cycler, for Automated Peritoneal Dialysis.

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The produc codes involved are  5C8310, 5C8310R, R5C8320, and 5C4474. The reason for the recall is the keypad buttons on HomeChoice devices may be activated without the operator pressing them. Click here to see the FDA report.


What we are learning about home hemodialysis in 2015

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(Nephrology News & Issues)  By Mark E. Neumann   Home is a comfort zone for many of us. You can put your feet up, relax, enjoy family, and forget about what you do 9-5 each day. What about self-care for a chronic illness in that environment? Do you want that to be part of your home […]


Home dialysis gets a boost at Annual Dialysis Conference

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(Nephrology News & Issues)By Mark E. Neumann   NEW ORLEANS – When big events occur in home dialysis, you need to celebrate—particularly in the United States, where home dialysis represents less than 12% of the total dialysis patient population. The Annual Dialysis Conference, held here this past week, had some significant announcements for those interested […]


Cooking Methods May Help Dialysis Patients Control Phosphorus

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(Renal &Urology News) Certain thermal processing methods for foods can reduce their phosphorus levels significantly without affecting protein content, which could help dialysis patients control their phosphorus levels while maintaining proper nutrition, according to a recent study. These methods include boiling in water and stewing in oil containing some water, researchers in Croatia reported online […]


1,700 Hospitals Win Quality Bonuses From Medicare, But Most Will Never Collect

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(Kaiser Health News)  By Jordan Rau   Medicare is giving bonuses to a majority of hospitals that it graded on quality, but many of those rewards will be wiped out by penalties the government has issued for other shortcomings, federal data show. As required by the 2010 health law, the government is taking performance into […]


Medicare adds star ratings for dialysis center comparison

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Medicare is adding a visual tool to help kidney patients compare the quality of dialysis centers: Star ratings. Medicare’s online Dialysis Facility Compare already included quality information such as whether patient death and hospitalization rates were higher than expected. But it says that information wasn’t always easy for patients to understand. On Thursday, Medicare added […]


World Kidney Day 2015: work together to raise awareness

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(SN) By  Sally Horspool  Join forces and plan your activity. World Kidney Day (WKD) 2015 is less than two months away, so start pinning your activities on the world map. Collaboration is key World Kidney Day is not a truly global campaign without your help. The more we shout about the importance of kidney health, […]