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…

In the JournalsPerspective

Success with managing peritonitis linked to size, expertise of PD program

June 18, 2018
The size and clinical expertise of a dialysis program contribute substantially to successful treatment of peritonitis and other medical issues…

In the Journals

In PD population, obesity linked with greater risk for hospitalization related to peritonitis

June 7, 2018
The prevalence of obesity in patients on peritoneal dialysis was associated with a greater risk for peritonitis requiring hospitalization, according…

In the Journals

Study: Medicare patients on dialysis have limited access to hospice care

June 6, 2018
Not enough patients on dialysis are using or getting early referral to hospice care, a recently published study in Health Affairs

In the Journals

Study links extended survival with dialysis initiation at higher levels of kidney function among older patients

June 5, 2018
Some older patients experienced extended survival when dialysis was initiated at higher levels of kidney function, according to a study published in…

CVS Health reveals more details about plans for CKD care, home dialysis

Nephrology News & Issues, June 2018
Editor’s Note: CVS Health Corporation recently announced a new initiative focused on early identification of chronic kidney disease and the…

In the Journals

Study highlights need to address physical, mood symptoms among patients on hemodialysis

May 29, 2018
According to a study published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, certain physical and mood symptoms were prioritized as…

In the Journals

Study links poor functional status with 1-year mortality in elderly patients with ESRD

May 18, 2018
Poor functional kidney status among elderly patients with end-stage renal disease was associated with higher odds of central venous catheter use and…

New project aims to study peritonitis infection in patients on peritoneal dialysis

May 11, 2018
A research team led by Arbor Research Collaborative for Health and St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto was awarded a 5-year contract from the…

United Healthcare and American Renal Associates are in court over out-of-network fees

May 9, 2018
National health insurer United Healthcare has filed a lawsuit against dialysis provider American Renal Associates, claiming that the company offered…