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The following articles appeared in the print edition of NEPHROLOGY NEWS & ISSUES.

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Business

Becton, Dickenson buys TVA Medical for its access technology

House passes permanent repeal of medical device tax

Otsuka to acquire Visterra for CKD treatment and other therapies

B. Braun Medical to acquire bloodlines business

Rockwell Medical appoints new CEO, settles with former executives, board members

ARA to pay $32 million in settlement with UnitedHealthcare

Clinical

Veterans Health Administration dialysis providers linked with lower mortality rates, increased hospitalization rates

Study: Short supply of centers impacts transplant rates for veterans

Long-term follow-up shows tolvaptan slowed CKD in patients with autosomal dominant PKD

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

Lowering of BP can increase risk of death in patients with CKD

EPO biosimilar shows efficacy similar to epoetin alfa

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

AVFs may not be the best access for elderly patients with ESRD

FDA approves Mircera for treatment of anemia in pediatric patients on hemodialysis

Conference Preview

NRAA annual conference offers educational access across the spectrum of kidney care

Valerie Okrend

Cover Story

Utilization of arteriovenous grafts secondary to fistula failure in patients on dialysis

Maliha Ahmed, DO; Nicole Evans, MD; Sandeep Aggarwal, MD; Shamik Bhadra, MD; Ziauddin Ahmed, MD

First Word

Technology helps put the AVF in a new light

Mark E. Neumann

Kidney Care Community

Fresenius exceeds 200,000-patient count in Nephrology News & Issues annual ranking

Mark E. Neumann

Analysis: Counting the stars: Who is the best among dialysis providers?

Mark Stephens

National

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

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

CMS drops four quality incentive program measures in proposed rule

Ohio court invalidates signatures for union-backed ballot initiative to restrict dialysis profits

Nursing

The special role of nursing in kidney care