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 […]

NN&I An Inside Look at Telemedicine for Home Dialysis

HOME DIALYSIS An inside look at the UAB home dialysis telemedicine pilot REBECCA ZUMOFF — AUGUST 11, 2016 Getty Images/Hemera/ThinkStock The University of Alabama at Birmingham Medicine’s Red Mountain Home Dialysis Training Unit is piloting a three-year telemedicine trial for peritoneal dialysis patients, funded by a $180,000 grant from Baxter International. Forty patients speak with […]

NN&I Study on diabetes screening

DIABETES Study finds diabetes screening guidelines miss more than half of high-risk patients NN&I STAFF — JULY 14, 2016 A new study from Northwestern Medicine found that the 2015 diabetes screening guidelines from the United States Preventive Service Task Force missed 55% of high-risk individuals with prediabetes or diabetes. The guidelines recommend patients be screened […]

Nephrology News & Issues NKF’s Stakeholders Conference

CLINICAL National Kidney Foundation stakeholders’ conference will give patients a voice in setting research priorities NN&I STAFF — JULY 13, 2016 The National Kidney Foundation will hold a Patient Centered Outcomes Research Stakeholders’ Conference in conjunction with the National Kidney Foundation Spring Clinical Meetings in Orlando in April, 2017. The conference will bring together 100 […]

Nephrology News & Issues New Initiative Aims to Help CKD

KIDNEY CARE COMMUNITY New initiative aims to help kidney disease patients keep their jobs NN&I STAFF — JULY 15, 2016 iStockPhoto EyeOfPaul A new research and policy collaboration, called the KidneyWorks Initiative, aims to help Americans with chronic kidney disease who are not on dialysis maintain their jobs and slow their disease. The American Association 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 […]