Emphasizing quality of life for dialysis patients

May 4, 2015
This is the second part of a two part series. Read part one here. By focusing on physiological survival…

Maggie Colin looks back at 51 years as a dialysis nurse

April 9, 2015
Maggie-ColinMaggie Colin has witnessed five decades of dialysis treatment. In fact, she’s helped make history, serving as one of the…

ESRD community submits comments on conditions for coverage

April 9, 2015
The Clinical Standards Group in the CMS Center for Clinical Standards and Quality asked the ESRD community to provide suggestions for changes to the…

Urgent-start peritoneal dialysis reduces infections, boosts survival rates

March 30, 2015
A protocol for urgent-start peritoneal dialysis results in less blood stream infections and appears to reduce mortality when compared to…

FDA authorizes first device to treat dialysis-related amyloidosis

March 9, 2015
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today authorized use of Lixelle Beta 2-microglobulin Apheresis Column, the first device to treat…

NxStage reports revenue increases for fourth quarter, full year

February 26, 2015
NxStage Medical Inc. reported that revenue for the fourth quarter of 2014 increased 15% to $79.9 million, compared with revenue of $69.5 million in…

NxStage Kidney Care opens two dialysis centers in Boston area

February 26, 2015
NxStage Kidney Care Inc., a subsidiary of NxStage Medical, Inc. has opened two dialysis centers in the suburbs of Boston. Located in Wakefield and…

CMS is building its own Superbowl

February 17, 2015
As I write this, my hometown of Phoenix is getting ready to host the National Football League’s 49th edition of the Superbowl. What’s…

Combined HD/PD course offers basics for practicing nephrologists

February 17, 2015
The National Kidney Foundation Spring Clinical Meeting has always been popular with practicing nephrologists because of the emphasis on relevant…

What we are learning about home hemodialysis in 2015

February 4, 2015
NEW ORLEANS – Home is a comfort zone for many of us. You can put your feet up, relax, enjoy family, and forget about what you do 9-5 each day…

New research underway on peritoneal dialysis catheter placement

February 4, 2015
The North American Research Consortium (NARC), an arm of the North American chapter of the International Society of Peritoneal Dialysis, is…

Home dialysis gets a boost at Annual Dialysis Conference

February 2, 2015
NEW ORLEANS – When big events occur in home dialysis, you need to celebrate—particularly in the United States, where home dialysis…

Reliant Renal Care to provide assisted home hemodialysis in NexCare Health Systems nursing centers

January 22, 2015
Reliant Renal Care Lapeer Home Choice LLC will begin offering on-site dialysis services to residents in NexCare nursing centers. The new program…

FDA approves Baxter's continuous renal replacement therapy solution

January 21, 2015
The United States Food and Drug Administration has approved Baxter International Inc.'s Phoxillum Renal Replacement Solutions as replacement…

A New Year for Dialysis—Home and In-Center

January 2, 2015
This blog post originally appeared at Home Dialysis Central's website on Jan. 1. Find more posts from this blog, KidneyViews, at

FDA approves NxStage's System One for home nocturnal hemodialysis

December 22, 2014
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cleared NxStage Medical Inc.'s System One to perform home nocturnal hemodialysis. NxStage's System One…

Taking back control of my life

December 11, 2014
I will never forget the day. I had taken a run in the morning and by the afternoon; I was in the hospital with blood cancer and end-stage renal…

Dear Senators

November 26, 2014
This blog post originally appeared at Home Dialysis Central's website on Nov. 20. Find more posts from this blog, KidneyViews, at

CMS releases 2015 Physician Fee Schedule final rule

November 20, 2014
On Oct. 31, CMS issued the final rule that updates the payment policies and payment rates for the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for 2015. The…

Study: Extending weekly dialysis hours doesn't impact quality of life, but improves lab measures

November 19, 2014
PHILADELPHIA – Among 200 patients on dialysis, extending weekly dialysis hours for 12 months did not improve quality of life, but was linked…