Pat’s Adventures in Dialysis

  Thursday, May 28, 2015 The “We’re Back in the Midwest! Well in Illinois!”, edition. Good morning!  Whew!  Yesterday was a long day. And despite the time change, I am up at 5:30 AM. Except it’s Central time instead of Pacific time. Go figure. Well, yesterday was travel day.  We went to Champaign, Illinois with […]

The Emotional Connection in the Patient-Care-giver Relationship NN&I

JANE DAVIS, DNP, CRNPANDKIM ZUBER, PA-C — FEBRUARY 10, 2016 Hongqi Zhang/Getty Images/iStockphoto/ThinkStock The dictionary defines relationship as the way two or more people or organizations talk to, behave toward, or deal with each other. In reality, defining the patient-provider relationship is much more complicated and elusive. In every practice, there are patients who stand […]

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 […]

Access Denied

By Don Mason I still remember March 3, 2012. It was the day my doctor told me I had kidney failure and that I needed to start dialysis immediately. I didn’t even know what dialysis was. I do not remember being given any options except that if I didn’t receive dialysis treatment, I would die. […]