JULY 2015 Numerous studies have shown that patients with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) who dialyze at home, using either peritoneal dialysis (PD) or home hemodialysis (HHD) have a much better quality of life and excellent treatment outcomes, including increased survival rates and fewer hospitalizations. For most patients with ESRD, dialysis is the primary option when […]

HDU Submits Comments to CMS 2015

August 24, 2015   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-1628-P—Medicare Program; End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System, and Quality Incentive Program Dear Acting Administrator Slavitt: On behalf of Home Dialyzors United (HDU), we […]

NNI Reports on the Nipro Needle Issue

Clinical / Home Dialysis / Top News Stories Some home dialysis patients express concerns about safety of the Nipro buttonhole needles   By Rebecca Zumoff MAY 14, 2015 No Comments   PRINT / REPRINTS / SHARE ON FACEBOOKSHARE ON TWITTERSHARE ON LINKEDIN| MORE     After receiving several complaints form home hemodialysis patients about difficulty […]

Understanding Tassin

Understanding Tassin– or – Perhaps God Is Smarter Than U.S. Nephrologists by Gary Peterson, 3/24/2015 (Last edited: (3/25, 5:35 AM ET) Those wishing to comment can post on the FixDialysis blog. Everyone involved in dialysis care should be required to look at Tassin, France  (1999 and 2006 articles).  Patients lived exceptionally long lives with normal […]

Nipro responds to our FDA Letter

May 5, 2015   Nieltje Gedney, Executive Board Home Dialyzors United   Re: Draft Letter to FDA re Issues With NIPRO Needles Dear Nieltje Gedney, This letter is in response to the draft letter to FDA re Issues with NIPRO Needles. You have stated in this letter that the FDA should revoke our substantial equivalence […]

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 […]

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

(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 […]

Tell Medicare, Patients Deserve Access to Home Hemodialysis! 2

Medicare should ensure that every dialysis patient can access the dialysis treatment option that is best for his/her health and lifestyle, including home dialysis. In fact, the law requires Medicare to make a concerted effort to increase use of home dialysis. CMS Issues Annual Rule; HDU Calls on Agency to Fix Training Payment   The annual […]