Kidney Week Supplement

What is new for the kidney care market

Nephrology News & Issues, November 2019
The National Dialysis Accreditation Commission was the first dialysis accreditation organization in the United States to receive approval from CMS…

Kidney Week Supplement

Washington welcomes Kidney Week

Nephrology News & Issues, November 2019
After a near 20-year absence, the American Society of Nephrology’s Kidney Week arrives in Washington for its annual meeting. Organizers expect…

First Word

More time is needed to make ESRD Treatment Choices model workable

Nephrology News & Issues, November 2019
J.G. Bhat, MD
Under the mandatory ESRD Treatment Choices proposal, HHS and CMS propose incentives and penalties to dialysis facilities to encourage greater use of…

Kidney Week Supplement

KidneyX aims to ‘bridge the gap’ between product development, patient quality of life

Nephrology News & Issues, November 2019
The KidneyX Innovation Accelerator, a partnership between HHS and the American Society of Nephrology intended to encourage innovation relating to…

Kidney Week Supplement

Innovation, patient-centered focus pivotal in growth of ASN’s Kidney Health Initiative

Nephrology News & Issues, November 2019
When the American Society of Nephrology’s Kidney Health Initiative was established in 2012, there was a greater need for innovative techniques…

FDA News

FDA awards contract to Kidney Health Initiative to study patient preferences for kidney devices

October 31, 2019
The FDA has awarded a contract to the Kidney Health Initiative for a 3-year project that aims to measure patient preferences and risk tolerance for…

DaVita renames Health Solutions subsidiary

October 30, 2019
DaVita announced this week that the company’s Health Solutions subsidiary would be renamed Vively Health, continuing with its mission to…

FDA News

FDA grants breakthrough device designation to dialysis system that prevents blood clots

October 25, 2019
Fresenius Medical Care has received breakthrough device designation from the FDA for its hemodialysis system, which was designed to prevent blood…

In the Journals

Men more likely to receive kidney replacement therapy than women

October 24, 2019
Although women have higher rates of chronic kidney disease, men have consistently been more likely to initiate dialysis or receive a kidney…

Akebia sues after CMS removes Auryxia from Medicare Part D coverage

October 23, 2019
Akebia Therapeutics has filed a lawsuit against CMS for rescinding Medicare Part D coverage of the company’s FDA-approved iron drug Auryxia and…

In the JournalsPerspective

Patients’ families prefer when dialysis is stopped before death or additional hospice services are provided

October 18, 2019
Surveyed family members rated end-of-life care higher when dialysis was discontinued before death or when hospice services were provided along with…

HHS, ASN announce steering committee for KidneyX

October 17, 2019
The HHS and the American Society of Nephrology have announced the members of the steering committee for KidneyX. According to a press release, the…

In the Journals

Study: Syphilis is three times more common in patients with ESKD

October 17, 2019
Compared with the general population, researchers found that the incidence of syphilis was more than 3 times greater in patients with ESKD…

In the Journals

Charlson Comorbidity Index score may help predict hospital readmission for patients on dialysis

October 16, 2019
Among patients who received maintenance dialysis, those who had higher Charlson Comorbidity Index scores were more likely to have unplanned 30-day…

NRAA inducts new leadership, including president-elect to begin term in 2020

October 15, 2019
The National Renal Administrators Association has elected several individuals to serve in leadership positions, all of whom were inducted at its…

Meeting News

Embrace change in education to solve shortage of nephrology nurses

October 12, 2019
SAN DIEGO — As the demand for nephrology nurses increases at a “staggering” rate, current nurses must be open to change as they…

In the JournalsPerspective

Person-centered approach, infrastructural changes to health system needed for patients who forgo dialysis

October 10, 2019
In a published study, nephrologists identified two primary requirements for providing successful conservative care to patients with advanced chronic…

Meeting News

Initiative focuses on supportive care for seriously ill patients with ESKD

October 9, 2019
HUNTINGTON BEACH, California — A new initiative aimed at making more patients and dialysis staff aware of supportive care has made some inroads…

HHS awards contract to Outset Medical for emergency dialysis systems

October 7, 2019
Outset Medical has received a contract from the HHS for the use of its Tablo Hemodialysis Systems during natural disasters. The HHS Office of the…

Meeting News

NRAA keynote speaker talks about the value of patient-caregiver relationship

October 4, 2019
HUNTINGTON BEACH, California — It did not take long for Bill Coon’s chances of survival in the world to come into question. “I had…