Fresenius Medical Care to acquire NxStage Medical, Inc. to strengthen its vertically integrated dialysis business

Fresenius Medical Care to acquire NxStage Medical, Inc. to strengthen its vertically integrated dialysis business AUGUST 7, 2017NEWSROOM Acquisition of NxStage Medical, Inc. would: position Fresenius Medical Care as a global leader in home dialysis establish U.S. presence in the critical care space further enhance clinical outcomes and patient empowerment support strategic initiative of vertical […]

NN&I Article Kidney Disease risk score can be built into patients’ electronic health records by NN&I staff

CLINICAL Kidney disease risk score can be built into patients’ electronic health records NN&I STAFF — JULY 26, 2017  Getty Images/iStockphoto/ThinkStock A new electronic health record (EHR) tool could help physicians quickly and accurately flag patients that should be referred to a nephrologist. Designed by Brigham and Women’s Hospital investigators, this tool draws upon recent research that […]

NN&I Article on Closing the Information gap

CLINICAL Closing the information gap: Health information exchange in dialysis Sharing clinical information through a health information exchange (HIE) offers a systems-minded solution to overcome the information gap between outpatient dialysis providers and hospitals. AMBER PAULUS, BSN, RN, CPHQ AND NANCY ARMISTEAD, MPA — JULY 26, 2017 Abstract Patients with end-stage renal disease  need frequent, ongoing dialysis […]

Bill that gives dialysis clinics option to seek certification from a third party passes House by Rebecca Zumoff (NN&I article)

POLICY & POLITICS Bill that gives dialysis clinics option to seek certification from a third party passes House REBECCA ZUMOFF — JULY 26, 2017  Getty Images/iStockphoto The Medicare Part B Improvement Act, HR 3178, has passed the House of Representatives. The bill includes a measure to give dialysis clinics the option to seek certification from an approved third […]

Blog Post on Home Dialysis Central by Beth Witten on Self-Cannulation: A Patient Right…

Self-Cannulation: A Patient Right And CMS Expectation For Interested And Trained Patients This blog post was made by Beth Witten, MSW, ACSW, LSCSW on July 20th, 2017. I recently heard through the grapevine that some dialysis clinics do not allow patients to cannulate their own vascular accesses. I thought I’d share some arguments in support of patients being […]

BLOG POST ON HOME DIALYSIS CENTRAL “INFECTION IN HOME HAEMODIALYSIS – IT CAN BE SNEAKY!” BY DR. JOHN AGAR

Infection In Home Haemodialysis – It Can Be Sneaky! This blog post was made by Dr. John Agar on July 13th, 2017. Home haemodialysis (HD) permits both longer and more frequent dialysis and, as has often been discussed here and in the literature, offers the most efficient, effective and symptom-free dialysis of all HD modalities. But, there is a […]

Renal & Urology News Guidelines for CKD Mineral and Bone Disorder Updated by Natasha Persaud, Digital Content Editor

Guidelines for CKD Mineral and Bone Disorder Updated Among other changes, the new KDIGO guidelines highlight the potential dangers of hypercalcemia. A Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) work group has just released an update of the KDIGO Clinical Practice Guideline for the Diagnosis, Evaluation, Prevention, and Treatment of Chronic Kidney Disease–Mineral and Bone Disorder […]

Delaware Public Media “Can Exercise do for your kidneys what it does for your heart?” by James Morrison

The Green Can exercise do for your kidneys what it does for your heart? By JAMES MORRISON • JUN 30, 2017 TweetShareGoogle+Email A patient at UD’s STAR Campus ASHLEY BARNAS / UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE A University of Delaware researcher is studying the potential to treat chronic kidney disease with exercise. Listen Listening… 6:48 Delaware Public Media’s James Morrison interviews Prof. […]

Nephrology News & Issues (NN&I) Article on CA dialysis clinic staff ratio bill by Rebecca Zumoff

POLICY & POLITICS California dialysis clinic staff ratio bill to face State Assembly Committee on Health REBECCA ZUMOFF — JUNE 26, 2017  iStockphoto Legislation that would mandate staff to patient ratios in California dialysis clinics is scheduled to be heard by the California State Assembly Committee on Health June 26 at 1:30 p.m. PT. Senate Bill 349, […]