Choice of transplant drugs remains intact after Medicare Part D formulary update

May 17, 2019
CMS issued a final rule on May 16 that will continue to allow, at least for now, transplant physicians to prescribe most anti-rejection transplant…

Fresenius Medical Care, DaVita report first-quarter results

May 17, 2019
Fresenius Medical Care and DaVita Inc. reported first-quarter earnings earlier this month, with both companies showing expansion in U.S. operations…

Legislators propose add-on payment to dialysis composite rate to spur use of new technology

May 16, 2019
Two legislators have introduced a bill in the Congress that would offer an add-on payment to the Medicare composite rate for dialysis treatments…
In the Journals

Urinary cytokine levels may be effective diagnostic biomarkers for acute interstitial nephritis

May 16, 2019
Researchers found patients who were diagnosed with acute interstitial nephritis had higher levels of urinary TNF-alpha and interleukin-9, which…
Meeting News

Low socioeconomic status and associated stress contribute to weight gain in kidney transplant recipients

May 15, 2019
BOSTON — Kidney transplant recipients from underserved communities have limited access to healthy foods and high levels of stress and anxiety…

Jackson to retire as Northwest Kidney Centers CEO

May 15, 2019
Joyce F. Jackson, president and CEO of Northwest Kidney Centers, will retire from her position after a successor is found, the company announced.
FDA News

FDA approves Bavencio-Inlyta combination for advanced renal cell carcinoma

May 15, 2019
The FDA approved avelumab in combination with axitinib for first-line treatment of patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma. Avelumab (Bavencio;…

American Renal Associates announces delay of first-quarter earnings report

May 14, 2019
American Renal Associates Holdings Inc. announced in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing on May 10 that it will delay release of its…
Feature

How to apologize effectively for medical errors

May 14, 2019
Medical errors are common and are the third-leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for more than 250,000 deaths per year, according…

Rockwell reports first-quarter revenue up 4% vs 2018; costs rise for Triferic launch

May 14, 2019
Rockwell Medical Inc. reported first earnings of $15.6 million in sales revenue — a 4% increase compared to the first quarter of 2018 …
In the Journals

60 seconds can ascertain patients’ social determinants of health

May 13, 2019
Patients’ social determinants of health were determined in 1 minute with a short survey, according to findings recently published in Annals of
In the Journals

Prediabetes does not worsen kidney function

May 13, 2019
Prediabetes was not associated with deteriorating kidney function or incident albuminuria among adults with hypertension and elevated cardiovascular…
Meeting News

Revised KDOQI guidelines call for matching vascular access type with modality choice, patient goals

May 13, 2019
BOSTON — Revisions to guidelines for vascular access placement in the patient with ESKD – the first in 10 years – place a greater…
In the Journals

Stress testing varies greatly among ESRD patients with CVD

May 13, 2019
The use of stress testing in patients waiting for renal transplants varied significantly across transplant centers despite the frequent occurrence of…

HHS estimates $73 million in savings if Congress extends immunosuppressive drug coverage

May 13, 2019
A new HHS report estimates that Medicare would save $73 million during the course of 10 years if Congress extends coverage of immunosuppressive…

44 states sue 20 drug companies, allege drug price inflation of more than 1,000%

May 13, 2019
A coalition of states allege a string of drug companies arranged a scheme that would raise generic drug prices in some instances by more than 1,000%…
Meeting NewsVideo

VIDEO: New primary endpoint for phase 3 trial of ANG-3777

May 11, 2019
BOSTON At the National Kidney Foundation Spring Clinical Meetings, Tracy Mayne, PhD, vice president of medical affairs at Angion Biomedica…
Meeting News

Disparities in pregnancy-related AKI may be linked to socioeconomic factors, lack of quality health care

May 10, 2019
BOSTON — Disparities in which women are more likely to develop pregnancy-related AKI, often thought of in terms of genetics and race, may…
Meeting News

LOCK-IT-100 trial: Neutrolin safe, effective to reduce catheter-related bloodstream infections

May 10, 2019
BOSTON — Neutrolin, an investigational new drug containing taurolidine, was shown to reduce catheter-related bloodstream infections among…
Meeting News

Exercise program in older patients with advanced CKD seen as feasible, safe

May 10, 2019
BOSTON — A supervised exercise training program can be an option for older sedentary adults with CKD stage 3b-4, with adherence comparable to…