In the Journals

Article identifies solutions to increase PD use in the United States

January 21, 2020
In an editorial, researchers proposed potential solutions to increase peritoneal dialysis use in the United States that focused on…

Survey reveals minority patient opinions about clinical trial participation

January 17, 2020
Antidote Technologies — in partnership with a variety of organizations, including the American Kidney Fund — conducted a survey that…

Strive, SSM Health to focus on early intervention for CKD

January 17, 2020
Health care provider SSM Health has contracted with Strive Health to operate new chronic kidney disease clinics that use a value-based care model…

Federal court temporarily halts California dialysis profits law

January 2, 2020
A federal court in California has granted a preliminary injunction to prevent Assembly Bill 290, which is aimed at limiting dialysis provider profits…

NKF poll: Americans more likely to change health behaviors when educated on kidney disease

January 2, 2020
A recent poll commissioned by the National Kidney Foundation revealed that most Americans with at least one risk factor for kidney disease did not…

In the Journals

Rescheduling hemodialysis treatments for next day linked to hospitalization

December 31, 2019
Published findings suggest that, in addition to skipping a hemodialysis session entirely, rescheduling for the day following a missed treatment was…

Trump signs spending bill that includes $5 million for KidneyX

December 26, 2019
President Donald Trump on December 20 signed a spending bill that includes funding for federal health care agencies and $5 million to…

Phase 2 of KidneyX: Redesign Dialysis competition launched

December 23, 2019
The American Society of Nephrology and HHS launched the second phase of KidneyX: Redesign Dialysis, a prize competition aimed toward transforming…

In the Journals

Racial differences observed for dialysis mortality rates in US territories vs states

December 20, 2019
A recently published study determined mortality rates of patients treated with hemodialysis were different for racial and ethnic groups based on…

In the Journals

Uninsured, Medicaid patients more likely to receive dialysis at non-profit, independent facilities

December 19, 2019
Recently published research indicates patients who are either uninsured or who receive Medicaid — referred to as being “safety-net…

DaVita Kidney Care names new chief medical officer

December 18, 2019
Jeffrey Giullian, MD, MBA, FASN, most recently the chief medical officer of DaVita Hospital Services, has been named the new chief medical…

In the Journals

Children with CKD prescribed nephrotoxic medications at high rates in primary care practices

December 12, 2019
A recently published study found primary care physicians prescribed nephrotoxic medications to children with chronic kidney disease at a rate…

Conference Preview

Southwest Nephrology-Cardio Renal Metabolic Conference focuses on inhibitors, dialysis and cross-specialty care

December 10, 2019
Under the leadership of President Peter McCullough, MD, The Cardio Renal Society of America’s mission is to prevent and manage three…

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;…