Meeting News

Keys to selecting the right telehealth platform

July 20, 2018
WASHINGTON — Whether for real-time e-visits or remote patient monitoring, telehealth is likely to play a big role in the future of medicine as…

B. Braun Medical to acquire bloodlines business

July 20, 2018
B. Braun Medical Inc. has signed an agreement to acquire the bloodlines business operated under the Medisystems name by NxStage Medical Inc…
FDA News

Dulaglutide label to reflect new safety, efficacy data in type 2 diabetes, CKD

July 20, 2018
Eli Lilly has updated the label for the once-weekly GLP-1 receptor agonist dulaglutide to reflect new safety and efficacy data reported for adults…

CMS proposed blending of E/M codes could disproportionately affect nephrology payment vs other specialties

July 20, 2018
Nephrologists would see less than a percentage point change in Medicare payments for dialysis services in 2019 based on a proposed rule CMS released…

Vivli launches data-sharing platform to advance clinical research

July 19, 2018
The nonprofit organization Vivli launched a new data-sharing and analytics platform today that will advance clinical research by streamlining the…
In the Journals

Study: Cardiac arrest major cause of death among immigrants with limited access to ESKD care

July 19, 2018
A study among immigrants with ESKD living in Colorado and relying on emergency-only hemodialysis – equating to about six dialysis treatments a…
In the Journals

Injection heroin use associated with kidney amyloid A-type amyloidosis in Pacific Northwest

July 19, 2018
Kidney amyloid A-type amyloidosis was strongly associated with injection heroin use in the Pacific Northwest, according to research appearing in the…
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…
In the Journals

Study: Short supply of centers impacts transplant rates for veterans

July 18, 2018
In most cases, U.S. veterans are less likely to get a kidney transplant compared to individuals with Medicare or private insurance, according to a…

Trial for diabetes drug stopped early after positive results in reducing CKD risk

July 17, 2018
The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson has ended the phase 3 Canagliflozin and Renal Events in Diabetes with Established…
In the Journals

Diabetes diagnosis leads patient’s partner to change health behaviors

July 17, 2018
The partners of people recently diagnosed with diabetes were more likely to make health-related behavioral changes even without lifestyle…

Rockwell receives FDA approval to begin manufacturing Calcitriol

July 17, 2018
Rockwell Medical Inc. reported that it has received FDA approval to begin manufacturing Calcitriol, the company’s active vitamin D injection…
Meeting News

Physician Branding 101: Know your why, use goals to drive strategy

July 16, 2018
WASHINGTON — Physicians should push their own brand or the brand of their organization with full awareness of the goal and the appropriate…

DaVita awarded employer of the year award from veteran group

July 16, 2018
Disabled American Veterans recognized DaVita Inc. as the 2018 Outstanding Large Employer of the Year. Several criteria are considered for this award…

CMS drops four quality incentive program measures in proposed rule

July 13, 2018
Four reporting measures in the ESRD Quality Incentive Program would be eliminated under a proposed rule released by CMS on July 11. The four measures…
Meeting News

Most adults with diabetes, CVD do not meet secondary prevention targets

July 13, 2018
PHILADELPHIA — Less than one-third of adults with diabetes and cardiovascular disease achieve goals for secondary prevention, including smoking…

AKF names Stanford University fellow as scientist in nephrology fellow

July 13, 2018
Kathrine M. Wang, MD, a second-year nephrology fellow at Stanford University, has been named the American Kidney Fund Clinical Scientist in…

Analysis: CMS stopping risk adjustment payments leaves insurance premiums in limbo, jeopardizes Affordable Care Act

July 12, 2018
The CMS decision to stop further collections or payments under the risk adjustment program leaves many questions about future health coverage and…

CMS proposes a prospective payment system base rate increase for calendar year 2019

July 12, 2018
Dialysis facilities would receive a $3.45 increase per treatment starting January under a proposed update to Medicare payment policies and rates…

Otsuka to acquire Visterra for CKD treatment and other therapies

July 12, 2018
Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. has agreed to acquire antibody therapies maker Visterra Inc. for approximately $430 million in an all-cash…