Nephrology News & Issues (NN&I) article Monitoring and surveillance of the hemodialysis vascular access by Joan Arslanian

CLINICAL Monitoring and surveillance of the hemodialysis vascular access To maintain a dialysis patient’s access, patency depends on diagnostic accuracy and active and timely interventions JOAN ARSLANIAN, MS, MPA, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, CS, CNN — MARCH 19, 2015 The patient’s vascular access is often referred to as their “lifeline,” and without it, the life- sustaining […]

Home Dialysis Central (HDC) Medicare Open Enrollment(10/15-12/7): It’s Not as Scary As You Think BY Beth Witten

Medicare Open Enrollment (10/15-12/7): It’s Not As Scary As You Think. This blog post was made by Beth Witten, MSW, ACSW, LSCSW on October 20th, 2016. During open enrollment, people can join or switch Medicare drug plans or can switch from a Medicare Advantage (MA) plan to Original Medicare. By law, people on dialysis can […]

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Quality will improve if we pay for dialysis based on time MELVILLE HODGE — OCTOBER 18, 2016 Oleksiy Mark/Getty Images/iStockphoto/ThinkStock Why do American dialysis patients, living in the most scientifically advanced and prosperous country in the world, still face a double-digit risk of death? While mortality rates have declined among the prevalent population, 17% of […]

NN&I Is it possible to reduce hospital admissions through evidence-based clinic staffing?

CLINICAL Is it possible to reduce hospital admissions through evidence-based clinic staffing? The role of evidence-based clinic staffing standards has been absent from considerations about ways to reduce hospital admissions among dialysis patients SHARE ON: WILLIAM A. WOLFE, MSW — JULY 6, 2016 Patients who find themselves on in-center dialysis have the higher rates of […]

Study: Patients often carry multidrug-resistant organisms on their hands

Study: Patients often carry multidrug-resistant organisms on their hands SHARE ON: NN&I STAFF — MARCH 16, 2016 iStockphoto Patients commonly bring multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) on their hands when they are discharged from a hospital to a post-acute care facility and then they acquire more MDROs during their time there, according to an article published online […]

New CMS Reporting Requirement For 2016: Clinical Depression Screening For Dialysis (HDC Blog by Beth Witten)

New CMS Reporting Requirement For 2016: Clinical Depression Screening For Dialysis This blog post was made by Beth Witten, MSW, ACSW, LSCSW on February 11th, 2016. Medicare wants to be sure that clinics assess dialyzors for clinical depression at least annually. Why should you care if your patient is depressed? Depression can lead to behaviors […]

USRDS 2016 Report Decline in Number of Premature Deaths Linked to Dialysis and Transplant

               Written by Tanya Campbell Latest report by the United States Renal Data System (USRDS), coordinating center based at the University of Michigan Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center, shows decline in the number of premature deaths linked to dialysis and kidney transplants. The statistical report released by the USRDS […]