Meeting News

Infection, CVD cause of higher hospitalization rate prior to patients on home hemodialysis returning to in-center care

March 18, 2019
DALLAS — Patients on home hemodialysis have higher hospitalization rates just before transferring back to in-center hemodialysis care, but many…

Transitional care units set patients up for successful dialysis

March 13, 2019
An interdisciplinary group of dialysis professionals is poised to launch a multicenter pilot project to gain further evidence of the efficacy of…

In the JournalsPerspective

Patients who transition from PD to home hemodialysis have lower mortality risk, more transplants

March 5, 2019
Patients on PD who transition to home hemodialysis instead of in-center dialysis care after technique failure had a lower risk of death and greater…

In the Journals

Home-based intervention may improve physical, social functioning of older adults on hemodialysis

February 25, 2019
A home-based program improved both the physical and social functioning of older adults with ESRD who were being treated with hemodialysis and who…

FTC approves Fresenius-NxStage merger, but some are concerned about impact on competition

February 22, 2019
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission voted 3-2 on Feb. 19 to approve the $2 billion merger between Fresenius Medical Care AG & KGaA and hemodialysis…

Dialyze Direct acquires Affiliated Dialysis Centers

February 5, 2019
Dialyze Direct LLC has completed its acquisition of Affiliated Dialysis Centers LLC and is now the largest provider of staff-assisted home…

Cover Story

Telehealth and home dialysis: Opportunities to improve patient care

Nephrology News & Issues, February 2019
Optimism pervades commencement of telehealth, or telemedicine or telenephrology, for home dialysis in 2019 following an unexpected and unusual…

In the JournalsPerspective

PD, nocturnal home hemodialysis show lowest costs in study

January 25, 2019
The medical and societal cost for treating patients on PD and nocturnal home hemodialysis was lower compared to patients treated with in-center…

In the Journals

Physical function scores lower after patients on home dialysis switch to in-center care

January 18, 2019
Patients with kidney disease who changed from home dialysis to in-center care showed lower quality of life scores for physical function over time…

Industry News

FDA approves clinical trial for in-home PD system

January 9, 2019
Baxter International Inc. recently announced the FDA has indicated that the company may begin a prospective, multicenter clinical trial to test its…

Proposed restrictions on payment for more frequent dialysis may be eased in the mid-West

January 4, 2019
Medicare administrative contractor Wisconsin Physicians Services, one of seven contractors that proposed payment restrictions more than a year ago…

In the Journals

Home hemodialysis centers may impact technique failure, mortality

November 14, 2018
According to recently published results, home hemodialysis treatment centers may impact technique failure and patient mortality independent of…

In the Journals

Study: Propensity scores are useful to control measured confounders

September 25, 2018
Propensity scores are useful in controlling for measured confounding in observational studies of medical treatments or risk factors, but neither…

In the Journals

Medical complications, frailty may increase rate of withdrawal from hemodialysis before death

August 24, 2018
Recently published results showed medical complications and frailty may be driving factors for the high rate of hemodialysis withdrawals before death…

In the Journals

Model predicts antimicrobial stewardship programs may reduce infection, costs in hemodialysis facilities

August 23, 2018
A model on the implementation of an antimicrobial stewardship program in outpatient dialysis facilities predicted a substantial decrease seen in…

In the Journals

Seniors undergoing hemodialysis at high risk for dementia, Alzheimer’s

August 9, 2018
Older patients are at a high risk for developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease after initiation of hemodialysis, according to new research…

Home Dialysis

Improving PD delivery, outcomes depends on program size, other factors

Nephrology News & Issues, August 2018
Martin Schreiber, MD
“We cannot change what we are not aware of, and once we are aware, we cannot help but change.” – Sheryl Sandberg Can we expect to…

In the Journals

Veterans Health Administration dialysis providers linked with lower mortality rates, increased hospitalization rates

July 18, 2018
Veterans who initiated dialysis with a Veterans Health Administration dialysis provider appeared to have lower mortality rates, but experienced…

Ohio dialysis caregivers, patient advocates, physicians oppose proposed constitutional amendment

July 9, 2018
Patient advocates and Ohio dialysis caregivers expressed their opposition to a proposed constitutional amendment on dialysis filed July 4 with the…

Cover Story

Dialysis provider’s transition to methoxy polyethylene glycol-epoetin beta for anemia in patients with in-center hemodialysis

Nephrology News & Issues, July 2018
Adam J. Davey, PMP; Amanda K. Stennett, PhD; Carol Lee, BSN, RN, CDN; Franklin W. Maddux, MD, FACP; Jeffrey Hymes, MD; John W. Larkin, MS; Marta M. Reviriego-Mendoza, PhD; Norma J. Ofsthun, PhD; Patricia McCarley, MSN, RN, ACNP-BC CNN; Tanya Taft, RN, CNOR, CEEP, CPPS
Patients with anemia in the setting of end-stage renal disease commonly require treatment with an erythropoiesis-stimulating agent. Therapeutic…