AURORA study: Voclosporin safe, effective for lupus nephritis

December 6, 2019
Phase 3 results from the AURORA study demonstrated combining voclosporin with mycophenolate and low-dose corticosteroids was superior to standard…

In the Journals

Depressive symptoms common, linked to dietary non-adherence in patients on hemodialysis

December 4, 2019
Researchers of a published study found a high prevalence of both depressive symptoms and dietary non-adherence in patients on hemodialysis and…

Nephrology codes stable for 2020, but CMS makes payment changes for AKI, incentive program

December 3, 2019
Nephrology practices will not see much difference in outpatient dialysis payments from Medicare in 2020, but changes to the program’s…

Meeting News

ATHENA trial: Azathioprine safe, cost-effective option for kidney transplant recipients

December 2, 2019
WASHINGTON — Results from the ATHENA trial presented at ASN Kidney Week suggested azathioprine conferred similar outcomes as mycophenolate…

Patient Management

Patient care experience with in-center hemodialysis: How clinicians can assess and incorporate in their practice

Nephrology News & Issues, December 2019
Francesca Tentori, MD, MSCI; Sandy Levine, MBA; Martha Wofford, MBA; Allen R. Nissenson, MD, FACP, FASN, FNKF
In the past several years, patients’ experience of care has garnered significant attention within hospitals and health systems and is now…

Cover Story

Home dialysis options can assist in clinical decision-making

Nephrology News & Issues, December 2019
Stephen E. Hohmann, MD, FACS
With the prevalence of kidney disease expected to increase sharply in the next decade, the U.S. health care system is facing a significant challenge…

First Word

CMS, HHS need to identify next steps for Advancing American Kidney Health

Nephrology News & Issues, December 2019
Mark E. Neumann
ASN Kidney Week had the potential for a kidney care trifecta: 13,000 professionals and members of industry gathered in the nation’s capital;…

NKF receives AARP innovation grant for CKD care proposal

November 27, 2019
The National Kidney Foundation has received one of two 2019 AARP Quality Measures Innovation Grants for its proposal of a performance measure to…

Phase 3 trials: Bardoxolone methyl slowed progression of kidney disease in Alport patients

November 27, 2019
Reata Pharmaceuticals Inc. is seeking FDA approval for its drug bardoxolone methyl after results from phase 3 trials of the CARDINAL study showed…

Meeting News

Psychosocial factors may predict hospitalization risk for patients on hemodialysis

November 25, 2019
WASHINGTON — A speaker at ASN Kidney Week provided what she called “a different perspective on hospitalization risk,” telling the…

In the Journals

PD use increased after Medicare payment reform, but disparities in access remain

November 22, 2019
Recently published findings determined that PD use increased after the implementation of the 2011 Medicare prospective payment system for dialysis…

Gilead DAAs safe, effective for adults with HCV, severe renal impairment

November 21, 2019
The FDA approved changes to the product labels for direct-acting antivirals Harvoni, Epclusa, and Vosevi to include new efficacy and safety data for…

FDA News

FDA approves Medtronic drug-coated balloon to treat failing arteriovenous access in dialysis

November 21, 2019
Medtronic plc has received approval from the FDA for its IN.PACT AV drug-coated balloon, which was designed to prevent vessel restenosis, thereby…

DOPPS study: Iron-containing phosphate binders, drugs for secondary hyperparathyroidism on the rise

November 21, 2019
Data released from the Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study Program show use of the calcimimetic etelcalcetide has increased to 6% among…

ICU Medical agrees to acquire Pursuit Vascular

November 20, 2019
ICU Medical Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Pursuit Vascular Inc. for $75 million with an additional earnout payment…

Fresenius announces record growth in home dialysis, continues push for patient education and choice

November 18, 2019
In the wake of the announcement of Advancing American Kidney Health, and 6 months into after its merger with NxStage, Fresenius Medical Care North…

NKF poll: Almost half of Americans unaware of link between diabetes and increased kidney failure risk

November 14, 2019
Results from an online survey indicated many Americans are not aware of the association between kidney disease and diabetes. The survey, conducted by…

Meeting News

Vitamin K status shows no impact on progression of vascular calcification in hemodialysis

November 13, 2019
WASHINGTON — After stopping therapy with vitamin K antagonists, patients with atrial fibrillation who received rivaroxaban plus vitamin K2 saw…

Meeting News

Phytonadione may be effective treatment for calciphylaxis in hemodialysis

November 13, 2019
WASHINGTON — Results presented at ASN Kidney Week suggested phytonadione may be a safe and effective way to treat calciphylaxis in patients on…

Meeting News

Likelihood of renal recovery after AKI varies based on sex, race

November 9, 2019
WASHINGTON — Data presented here at ASN Kidney Week showed patients who developed ESKD due to acute kidney injury had different outcomes based…