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Day seven of the capital murder trial of a former Lufkin dialysis nurse accused of killing five patients began this morning with the former medical director explaining the policies of collecting bloodlines at the DaVita Lufkin Dialysis Center. ...

High Blood Glucose Increases CKD Chances in Elderly - March 22, 2012
According to a recent study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (JCEM), elderly people with the metabolic syndrome defined as having multiple risk factors associated with developing diabetes and heart disease, had an increased risk of chronic kidney disease. ...

Kidney Donors Heart Disease Risk Not Increased - March 22, 2012
According to a study published on bmj.com, there is no difference in the risk of developing heart disease between living kidney donors and the healthy general population. Results from the study provide recipients, donors, and transplant experts, vital safety reassurances. ...

Coping with ICD-10 - March 21, 2012
The move from ICD-9-CM to ICD-10 is enough to strike fear into the hearts of physicians and staff alike. Making the leap from 14,000 codes to almost 69,000, topped with the huge cost to make that change, is understandably daunting. The more you know, the better off your practice will be....

Potassium Levels Determine Mortality - March 21, 2012
Males, although varied by race, with chronic kidney disease (CKD) as well as elevated or decreased levels of potassium have a higher mortality rate than patients with normal potassium levels, researchers reported in Nephron Clinical Practice. ...

In setting health care reform's path, we must protect equity in care - March 21, 2012
One of the most promising aspects of the ACA, from the kidney patient community's perspective, is its creation of a baseline Essential Health Benefits (EHB) package that will create a floor of benefits and services offered by all insurance plans as of 2014. ...

EHRs Aren't Specialist-Friendly Enough - March 19, 2012
Specialists are less satisfied with their electronic health records than primary care doctors are, according to a recent survey by KLAS Research. The survey results underline the difficulties that healthcare organizations encounter in searching for EHRs that meet the needs of all their physicians and that also work well with hospital systems....

Conrad Bill Helps Those Suffering from Kidney Disease - March 15, 2012
Senator Kent Conrad introduced legislation today to help improve access to life saving care for patients suffering from chronic kidney disease (CKD)....

Patient Advocates Applaud New Federal Rule Ensuring Equal Access to Private Coverage for ESRD Patients - March 15, 2012
Dialysis Patient Citizens (DPC), the nation's largest patient-led organization representing dialysis patients, applauded the Administration for taking steps to solidify a key provision that will ensure end stage renal disease (ESRD) patients have equal access to private coverage as Affordable Care Act reforms are implemented....

Survey Reveals Gaps in Nephrologists' Training - March 15, 2012
Two surprising facts were revealed in the largest published survey of U.S. nephrologists regarding care people with kidney failure receive. ...

For Illegal Immigrant, Line Is Drawn at Transplant - December 27, 2011
For nearly two years, the brothers and their supporters have been hunting for a way to make the transplant happen. Their journey has taken them through a maze of conflicting laws, private insurance conundrums and ethical quandaries, back to the national impasse between health care and immigration policies. ...

Silver Cross to sell dialysis clinics for $30 million - December 27, 2011
Silver Cross Health System in Joliet plans to unload three dialysis clinics for $30 million to a company that specializes in the field, as hospitals continue to exit the low-margin business....

Fresenius backs out of dialysis deal with Fletcher Allen Health Care - December 23, 2011
A global dialysis service corporation withdrew its bid to purchase outpatient clinics owned by the state's largest hospital on Monday. Fresenius, the parent company of Bio-Medical Applications, withdrew its application in a letter to the state on Monday....

Dialysis centers to be penalized for quality scores - December 23, 2011
One quarter of kidney dialysis centers in South Florida will have their Medicare payments cut next year because they did not meet medical care standards under a new federal program....

Majority of Dialysis Clinics Don't See QIP Cuts - December 18, 2011
More than two-thirds of U.S. dialysis clinics will not see a payment reduction in 2012 from the new federal pay-for-performance system, according to a Dec. 15 news release from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)....

Leading Physician Organizations Join Forces To Identify and Act on Ways To Reduce Inappropriate Use in Health Care System - December 16, 2011
Recognizing that patients often ask for tests and treatments that are not necessarily in their best interest, and physicians often struggle with decisions about prescribing tests and procedures as a way of covering all possible bases, the ABIM Foundation has joined with nine leading medical specialty societies to develop evidence-based lists of tests and procedures for patients and physicians to question as part of Choosing Wisely™. ...

Houston Federal Jury Returns Guilty Verdicts in Health Care Fraud Trial - December 16, 2011
The evidence in the week-long trial showed that from 2003 to 2007, Washington received illegal payments for the referral of dialysis patients to a Houston ambulance transport service. In addition, he conspired with others to have unsuspecting doctors sign transport prescriptions for dialysis patients never admitted to a Sugar Land nursing home where he worked....

Transitioning to Electronic Health Records - December 13, 2011
No matter how hard they try, health care providers are finding it increasingly difficult to ignore electronic health records (EHRs). Perhaps the most challenging component of adopting EHRs is meeting the "meaningful use" requirements established by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. ...

Northwest Kidney Centers Reports Success in Meeting Challenges of Just-Completed Year - December 13, 2011
Northwest Kidney Centers closed its 2011 fiscal year with quality measures above the national averages and a solid financial performance that enables it to deliver significant benefits back to the community. The nonprofit achieved these outcomes in the face of the most sweeping changes in federal regulations in 40 years. ...

UPMC transplant program on probation - December 13, 2011
The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center transplant program has been put on probation for a year after a botched operation in May resulted in a man inadvertently receiving a diseased kidney....

CMS Raises Dialysis Reimbursement for 2012, Revises QIP - December 13, 2011
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final rule Nov. 1 that increases dialysis reimbursement in 2012 and alters the quality incentive program (QIP) by removing the lower hemoglobin target for anemia management in 2013 and expands the number of quality measures in 2014....

Kidney Patient Organizations Urge Super Committee to Enact Policies to Reduce Federal Spending While Increasing Patient Access to Care - November 17, 2011
In a letter to members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (Super Committee), the nation's leading kidney disease patient advocacy organizations urged the Super Committee to implement policy changes that would preserve health care coverage and access to care for kidney patients, while reducing Medicare spending....

DaVita Announces Government Inquiry - November 17, 2011
DaVita Inc., a leading provider of kidney care services for those diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD), announced today that it has been advised that it will be receiving a request for documents, which could include an administrative subpoena from the Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services....

Patients who don't follow treatments hurt dialysis clinics' pay - November 17, 2011
Dialysis clinics that provide care to kidney disease patients who cannot or will not follow their prescribed treatments will be penalized under a new Medicare payment system, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society Nephrology (JASN). The results suggest that the new system could widen disparities in care....

AKF Releases Online Courses on ESRD Adherence, Payment - October 19, 2011
The American Kidney Fund (AKF) has released two new online courses for medical professionals: Perspectives on Adherence and Navigating the End Stage Renal Disease Payment System. Both courses offer continuing education credits, which are free of cost depending on type of credit requested, according to the AKF....

Esker Implements Procure-to-Pay Solutions for Global Leader in Dialysis Services and Products - October 19, 2011
Esker, the leader in document process automation solutions, today announced that Fresenius Medical Care, the world's largest provider of products and services for individuals undergoing renal dialysis, has selected Esker to streamline and automate their existing procure-to-pay operations. ...

National Kidney Foundation Extends Long-Term Contract with Insurance Auto Auctions - October 13, 2011
According to a release, the relationship will continue to drive charitable donations and provide the National Kidney Foundation with funding to provide additional life-saving services to both patients and the medical community, through its nationally recognized Kidney Cars Program....

DaVita Faces New Investigations - October 13, 2011
DaVita is already facing two federal investigations for over-billing of Medicare and over-use of Epogen, a medicine used for increasing the red blood cells in kidney patients. Additionally, as per the Denver Post, the company is also being investigated for forging inappropriate alliances with pharmaceutical companies and physicians....

Denver Nephrology Selects eClinicalWorks - October 13, 2011
"We chose to replace our current EMR and practice management systems with eClinicalWorks because of its ease-of-use, allowing us to improve the quality of care delivered in a comprehensive, unified manner. We chose an EHR that will meet our goals related to evaluating clinical care, including mobile functions to aid our providers when they are caring for patients at other locations."...

Stem cell therapy might help kidney transplant patients - October 10, 2011
A novel stem cell therapy given shortly after a kidney transplant allows some patients to cast away the medicines meant to keep their body from attacking the new organ, according to a small new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine....

Medicare Urology Fraud At Columbia and New York Presbyterian Hospitals Yields $995,000 Federal Settlement - October 10, 2011
The Complaint alleges that between 2003 and 2009, Dr. Goluboff violated Medicare regulations by conducting medically unnecessary diagnostic tests and then seeking improper and excessive reimbursement amounts from Medicare. ...

DaVita Labs to Present Falcon Lab Application at National Renal Administrators Association 2011 Annual Meeting - October 6, 2011
Falcon Lab™ is designed as a renal-specific, Web-based application that provides 24/7 access to advanced ordering, data analysis and reporting tools for patients with CKD and ESRD....

Dialysis Patients at Higher Risk for Serious Complications from the Flu - October 6, 2011
For most people, the flu is a temporary setback that makes them feel under the weather for a week or two. For dialysis patients with kidney failure, however, the flu is a serious health threat that can lead to pneumonia and other life-threatening complications. Beginning in October, Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA), the nation's leading network of dialysis facilities, will offer all of its patients and clinical staff an annual flu vaccine, which protects against both seasonal flu and H1N1. ...

American Kidney Fund Partners with Laila Ali to Launch Pair Up, a New National Campaign Empowering Women in the Fight to Prevent Kidney Disease - October 3, 2011
The American Kidney Fund today launches a national campaign to raise awareness about kidney disease, a serious and increasingly common condition that is damaging the health of as many as 31 million Americans. Pair Up: Join the Fight to Prevent Kidney Disease encourages women to take two simple, yet powerful actions: learn if they're at risk for kidney disease; and spread the word about kidney disease to loved ones who also may be at risk. ...

Two lawsuits filed over UPMC transplant error - October 3, 2011
Mecannic, 40, of Morgan in Greene County underwent surgery on April 6 at UPMC Montefiore to give one of her kidneys to Michael Yocabet, the father of their 18-year-old son. Her act of kindness turned tragic a month later when the couple found out Mecannic is infected with the hepatitis C virus and had unknowingly passed it to Yocabet during the transplant....

Berkley's efforts for kidney care raise questions - September 30, 2011
Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley's efforts to influence federal reimbursement rates for dialysis providers and to save a kidney transplant program in her home state of Nevada have raised questions about an appearance of a conflict of interest with her husband's medical practice....

Dialysis 3 times weekly might not be enough - September 30, 2011
A major study challenges the way diabetics and others with failing kidneys have been treated for half a century, finding that three-times-a-week dialysis to cleanse the blood of toxins may not be enough....

Dialysis Patients, Caregivers Want More Time with Providers - September 29, 2011
Nearly 50 percent of dialysis patients and their caregivers said their healthcare providers have less time for them now than in the past, according to results from a survey conducted last month by the National Kidney Foundation (NKF)....

DaVita Clinical Research Central Laboratory Expands Its Services and Technology - September 28, 2011
DaVita Clinical Research® (DCR®), a provider of clinical research services focused on kidney research as well as a multitude of specialty therapeutic populations, has announced the company's expansion within its Central Laboratory. ...

N.R. gets new dialysis option - September 18, 2011
Physically connected to the nursing facility, the dialysis center was built in approximately six months. It features large, comfortably padded recliner-style chairs at each of its 14 dialysis stations which are designed in a U-shape around the perimeter of the spacious room....

Advanced Monitoring System by meridianEMR Detects Security Breach in Client Server - September 18, 2011
The Electronic Health Record provider located in New Jersey, meridianEMR has announced that a security breach was recently detected on the meridianEMR server by its advanced monitoring system. A service provided to Urology providers, the detection practitioners and meridianEMR officials to protect the patient records instantaneously. ...

McKesson Corporation Unveils New Offerings to Empower the Community Patient Care Delivery System - September 12, 2011
McKesson Corporation announced today the creation of a new division, McKesson Specialty Health, focused on empowering the community patient care delivery system to advance the science, technology and quality of care....

Electronic medical record text search tool shows promise for identifying postoperative complications - September 10, 2011
Use of natural language processing, such as in the form of free-text searches of electronic medical records (EMRs) of clinical and progress notes of patients performed better at identifying postoperative surgical complications than the commonly used administrative data codes in EMRs, according to a study in the August 24/31 issue of JAMA....

Former NxStage System One User Celebrates One-Year Kidney Transplant Anniversary - September 6, 2011
NxStage® Medical, Inc. (Nasdaq: NXTM), a leading manufacturer of innovative dialysis products, today announced that former NxStage® System One™ patient Tederra Coleman is celebrating the one-year anniversary of her successful kidney transplant. ...

Local kidney-donation chain links mismatched pairs - September 6, 2011
The chain has so far benefited five local kidney patients. It also marks the first time that 15 transplant centers in the region collaborated so closely. The partnership continues: A sixth donor kidney is potentially awaiting a matched recipient who can step up with a donor....

Dialysis Patients Unprepared for Disasters - August 23, 2011
Most dialysis patients are not prepared to effectively handle man-made or natural disasters and this puts them in great danger of becoming seriously sick or dying in the face of a disaster, according to a published online Aug. 18 in the Clinical Journal of the American Society Nephrology (CJASN). ...

Chain of dialysis centers under investigation - August 23, 2011
The company said that while the federal inquiry's precise scope is unclear, it appears to at least partially overlap with a federal inquiry in Missouri about DaVita's billing practices for Epogen, which is used to treat anemia....

Fresenius lands two dialysis acquisitions for $2.1 billion | Acquisitions roundup - August 12, 2011
Fresenius Medical Care AG (NYSE:FMS) had an active day on the M&A trail, announcing two deals worth a combined $2.1 billion that should bolster the company's presence in the U.S....

Kidney-dialysis firm DaVita reveals "preliminary" investigation by U.S. Attorney's Office in Colorado - August 12, 2011
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Colorado has opened a grand jury investigation into the practices of Denver-based kidney-dialysis firm DaVita Inc., the company's chief executive, Kent Thiry, revealed in an earnings call Wednesday....

Federal probe of DaVita expands to Colorado - August 8, 2011
The Colorado U.S. Attorney's Office has opened a grand jury investigation into DaVita Inc. practices that is similar to investigations being undertaken on the company in other states, the Denver-based dialysis center operator announced Wednesday....

DaVita Collaborates with Waste Management and BD to Introduce Dialyzer Recycling Pilot Project - August 8, 2011
DaVita Inc., a provider of kidney care services announced that it is collaborating with WM Healthcare Solutions, Inc., a subsidiary of Waste Management, Inc., and BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) to help a drive the launch of dialyzer recycling pilot in 106 DaVita dialysis clinics across Southern California....

DaVita Wasted Drugs to Make Big Money Off Medicare - August 1, 2011
One of the biggest providers of kidney dialysis deliberately wasted medicine in order to gain hundreds of millions of dollars in extra payments from Medicare, according to a whistleblower lawsuit filed by a former clinic nurse and doctor....

Nephros Provides Corporate Update - August 1, 2011
Nephros, Inc., a medical device company developing and marketing filtration products for therapeutic applications, infection control, and water purification, today provided an update on its operations and strategy....

Healthcare Company Makes it Easy For Dialysis Patients to Travel - July 31, 2011
People on kidney dialysis need life-sustaining therapy typically three days a week, so many patients resist the urge to travel because of their uncertainty about their treatments away from home. Today it's easy and safe to arrange for dialysis at a clinic near their destination....

World Market for Dialysis Equipment and Services - July 31, 2011
The industry encompasses two very lucrative segments -- the medical device industry (dialysis products and supplies segment) and the healthcare services industry (dialysis services segment)....

Lawsuit alleges fraud at dialysis company - July 31, 2011
The lawsuit says that the company, DaVita, used larger than necessary vials of medicine knowing that Medicare would pay for the unused portion of each vial if it were deemed unavoidable waste. DaVita, which treats nearly a third of the nation's dialysis patients, denies the accusations....

Health IT Services Group Picks Campus for Software Operations - July 30, 2011
Health IT Services Group is opening a nephrology-specific electronic health record (EHR) development office for their flagship program "Acumen nEHR" at American Tobacco Campus. The company is a unit of Fresenius Medical Care, the largest provider of renal services in the world....

Lawsuit Says Drugs Were Wasted to Buoy Profit - July 27, 2011
One of the nation's largest providers of kidney dialysis deliberately wasted medicine in order to reap hundreds of millions of dollars in extra payments from Medicare, a former clinic nurse and a doctor are charging in a whistle-blower lawsuit. ...

Thousand Oaks woman gained miracle kidney, funding restrictions helped take it away - July 23, 2011
That feeling ended when Medicare stopped paying for anti-rejection medicine because of controversial restrictions that too often push people at least three years removed from transplants into a free fall. When the flow of medicine stopped, Castaneda's new kidney shut down like a broken clock....

Nephros Receives 510k Approval to Market Additional Ultrafiltration Products - July 23, 2011
Nephros, Inc. today announced that the Company has received 510k clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to market its MSU and SSU ultrafilters to filter out biological contaminants from water and bicarbonate solution used in hemodialysis procedures....

Revolutionary Baseline E-Health Platform for Kidney Disease Launched Today by Shad Ireland Foundation - July 22, 2011
The online platform, a proprietary technology funded by a grant from AMGEN Medical Education, offers solution-based tools and health care resources for individuals via the internet and mobile devices. When utilized, the Baseline solution has been shown to improve outcomes and compliance while helping patients create stability and rehabilitation in their lives. ...

Woman begs for kidney donor on Craigslist - July 21, 2011
Selina Hodge is tired of being on kidney dialysis for nine hours a day and still feeling sick, so she is taking a long shot: She is begging for a kidney donor – on Craigslist. The practice is legal, has been done for years and succeeds on occasion....

Leader of Hemodialysis Study Joins NxStage Advisory Board - July 21, 2011
Medical, Inc., a manufacturer of dialysis products, today announced that Alan Kliger, MD, clinical professor of medicine at Yale University School of Medicine, and chief medical officer of Hospital at St. Raphael, in New Haven, Conn., has joined its scientific advisory board (SAB). ...

Fresenius' New Dialysis Offering - July 19, 2011
Fresenius Medical Care (NYSE:FMS), the largest provider of dialysis products and services on the planet, recently revealed that patients and doctors in Detroit, Michigan, now have access to the most sophisticated dialysis treatment....

Night dialysis gives patients more freedom, better health - July 19, 2011
Dialysis done at night while sleeping frees the Kitchener woman to do what she wants during the day. And she also has the energy to do more....

Fresenius eyes new location in Nashville - July 14, 2011
Fresenius Medical Care, which operates a global network of dialysis facilities, is searching for sites in the Nashville area where it plans to consolidate its local operations....

Kidney dialysis companies in court fight - July 14, 2011
A Hinds county judge's interpretation of a Mississippi Supreme Court ruling will determine whether the only kidney dialysis treatment center in a 20-miles radius of Montgomery County continues to operate or another company gains authority to build a new center....

DaVita Inc. Schedules 2nd Quarter 2011 Investor Conference Call - July 14, 2011
DaVita Inc. (NYSE: DVA), a leading provider of kidney care services for those diagnosed with end stage renal disease (ESRD) and chronic kidney disease (CKD), announced today that it will hold its quarterly conference call to discuss second quarter results on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time....

HHS Releases Insurance Exchange Roadmap - July 14, 2011
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed July 11 a framework to assist states in building insurance exchanges. ...

UIHC pays $1.5M to settle lawsuit filed by woman left diabetic after transplant - July 13, 2011
The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics has paid $1.5 million to settle a lawsuit filed by a woman left severely diabetic after surgeons allegedly made a big mistake while transplanting a kidney donated by her husband....

Bladder Cancer Patients Not Getting Recommended Care: Study - July 12, 2011
Most patients with a certain type of bladder cancer don't get the recommended treatments, which greatly increases their risk of experiencing a recurrence of their disease, researchers say....

Fresenius Medical Care of Detroit Continues to Enhance Dialysis Patient Experience With New, "Smart" Dialysis Platform - July 12, 2011
Continuing to enhance the dialysis experience for patients, families, and caregivers, Fresenius Medical Care introduced the Company's new 2008T therapy machine at the Fresenius Medical Care dialysis facility in East Detroit. Investment in these machines is a direct extension of the Company's commitment to UltraCare®, providing patients with excellent medical care through innovative and efficient programs, cutting-edge technology, continuous quality improvement, and a focus on superior customer service. ...

CMS issues proposed rules impacting payment rates - July 11, 2011
Over the last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued proposed changes that will update payment policies and rates for physicians, dialysis facilities and for services to Medicare beneficiaries in hospital outpatient departments and decrease Medicare payments to home health agencies....

2011 Top Black Book Electronic Medical Records (EMR) Systems Announced for four clinical specialties: Neurology, Chiropractic, Allergy/Immunology and - July 11, 2011
EHR users narrowed down an elite group of subspecialty vendors in categories across eighteen probing key performance indicators from a field of over 400 qualified healthcare software firms. As thousands of physician practices still scramble to select and implement EHR systems, early adopters identify the firms that delivered on implementation success, productivity, outcomes and crucial stimulus fund requirements. ...

DaVita Rx Delivers Five Millionth Prescription - July 8, 2011
DaVita Rx, the world's first and largest full-service pharmacy dedicated to serving the unique needs of kidney patients, announced today that it has filled five million prescriptions since the company started delivering medications in 2005....

Acumen nEHR Surpasses 1,000 Nephrology Providers - July 8, 2011
Health IT Services Group (HITSG) announced today that its core product, Acumen nEHR, has surpassed 1,000 nephrology providers this month, continuing its growth as the largest Electronic Health Record (EHR) provider for the nephrology specialty. ...

Medicare Unveils Plan to Cut Doctor Pay by 30% - July 8, 2011
The agency also issued a proposed rule for payments to dialysis facilities in 2012; CMS is proposing a 1.8% increase in those payments. The proposal includes reductions in payments to dialysis centers that do not achieve high enough performance scores under the agency's Quality Improvement Program. ...

CMS Proposes Changes to ESRD Quality Incentive Program - July 8, 2011
On July 1, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that would make changes to dialysis payments, modify the hemoglobin ranges in the ESRD quality incentive program, as well as add new measures to the QIP program. ...

CMS proposes policy, payment rate changes for the Physician Fee Schedule in 2012 - July 4, 2011
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a proposed rule on Friday that would update payment policies and rates for physicians and nonphysician practitioners for services paid under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) in 2012....

U.S. Medicare proposes anemia drug coverage change - July 4, 2011
The U.S. Medicare federal health insurance program has proposed removing its requirement that kidney dialysis providers keep patient hemoglobin levels above a set minimum, which could lead to lower use of Epogen, the anemia drug sold by Amgen....

RMC hopes to build $6.83M dialysis center - July 4, 2011
Regional Medical Center trustees have approved construction of a free-standing building for the hospital's Dialysis Access Institute....

Pentec Health Launches Proprietary Physician Portal - June 30, 2011
Pentec Health Inc., today announced the launch of their proprietary, online physician portal which provides physicians and their staff secure 24/7 access to their patients' medical information that resides in Pentec Health's electronic medical record (EMR) system....

AAKP Statement on EPO Payment Decision - June 30, 2011
After two months of review, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) said it will not change its payment policy on erythropoiesis stimulating agents (ESAs) used to treat anemia in kidney disease. ...

Summer's Arrival Increases Risk of Kidney Stones - June 30, 2011
With research studies showing the incidence of kidney stones on the rise in the last 30 years, Californians should be mindful that today's arrival of summer increases risks, say experts at one of Northern California's largest urological medical practices....

Nephros and Bellco S.r.l. Announce License Agreement for Mid-Dilution Dialysis Products - June 30, 2011
That agreement, which is effective July 1, 2011, grants Bellco exclusive rights to market Nephros' patented mid-dilution dialysis filters (MD 190, MD 220) in Canada and certain European countries....

EHRs Improve Care Coordination For Diabetics - June 26, 2011
An electronic health record (EHR) system can help improve the care of patients with multiple chronic diseases by enabling better coordination of care between healthcare providers, insurers, and patients themselves, a new study shows. ...

Amgen Announces Modifications to U.S. Prescribing Information for Use of Erythropoiesis-Stimulating Agents in Chronic Kidney Disease - June 26, 2011
The modified language, including changes to the Boxed Warning, provides important new information for the treatment of patients with CKD who are on dialysis, as well as those not on dialysis, to inform prescribers and patients of safety risks that have been identified in clinical trials....

Vytorin Lowers Heart Disease Risk in Large Study of Kidney Patients - June 10, 2011
The cholesterol-lowering drug Vytorin reduced the risk of heart disease among kidney patients by as much as 25 percent, according to the results of the largest kidney disease trial ever conducted....

Baxter loses first Heparin case - June 10, 2011
A Cook County Circuit Court jury Thursday awarded $625,000 to the estate of a man who his attorneys say was given a dosage of a blood thinner made by Baxter International Inc. that contained a contaminated ingredient found in the company's supply chain in China....

Preparing for ICD-10: Performing a Baseline MR Documentation Assessment - June 8, 2011
No longer just a rumor, the switch-over from ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM is now a sure deal and the established start date remains October 1, 2013. Providers must be an active part of the conversion process, as many of the issues to be tackled are provider-driven. ...

DPC Submits ACO Comments to CMS - June 8, 2011
Dialysis Patient Citizens (DPC) recently asked the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to reconsider several provisions regarding the proposed rule for accountable care organizations to ensure that kidney disease patients are not excluded from federal care coordination efforts that have the potential to improve clinical outcomes, increase patients' quality of life and lower health care costs....

Nephrologists, Critical Care and Emergency Physicians Express an Extremely High Unmet Need in the Area of Acute Kidney Injury, According to a Recent R - June 8, 2011
Relative to a number of other conditions in nephrology, acute kidney injury (AKI), previously termed acute renal failure, is considered to be one of the areas of greatest need, according to a recent report from BioTrends. The lack of currently available treatments, the high incidence and the high morality rates are key factors influencing the high perceived need....

Jessup woman donates healthy kidney so her sister can receive organ from donor pool - June 4, 2011
The program started as a way of growing the donation network between those in need and those willing to give. Mrs. Yusavage gave her kidney in kind because she was not a direct match for her sister, unlike their other sister, Kelly Marion, and their mother, Ann Marion, who each gave one to Mrs. Blazaskie 10 years ago....

Avon Resident Pays $2.2 Million to Settle Federal False Claims Civil Case Against His Hartford Practice - June 3, 2011
A physician who lives in Avon has agreed to pay $2.2 million to settle allegations that his Hartford medical practice fraudulently billed Medicare and Medicaid, according to David B. Fein, U.S. attorney for Connecticut. ...

Falcon EHR Receives - June 2, 2011
DaVita Inc.'s Falcon, LLC. announced today that Falcon EHRTM has received the federal government's "Meaningful Use" stamp of approval by earning "Complete EHR Ambulatory" certification. ...

Kidney Transplants to Black Patients Remain Low Despite HLA-B Elimination - June 1, 2011
Eliminating HLA-B matching from the U.S. priority-points formula that was used for allocating deceased-donor kidneys partially eliminated the allocation disparity against black recipients, but a residual disparity remained, based on an analysis of more than 57,000 U.S. kidney transplants during 2000-2009. ...

American Kidney Fund Announces its Multi-City Kidney Action Day and Steps That Count Walkathon to Fight Kidney Disease - June 1, 2011
The organization will kick off the event, which features free kidney health screenings and family-friendly activities, at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, June 11, 2011, followed by events in San Antonio, Houston and Atlanta later in the year....

American Kidney Fund Joins Forces With Washington Metropolitan Residents to Fight Kidney Disease - June 1, 2011
The American Kidney Fund (AKF) will host its Kidney Action Day, which includes the Steps that Count fundraising walkathon, at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, June 11, 2011 from 8 a.m.- 2 p.m....

DPC Asks CMS to Consider Needs of CKD Patients in Insurance Exchanges - June 1, 2011
Dialysis Patient Citizens (DPC) recently asked the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) to consider the complex needs of people with kidney disease when designing the regulatory framework for the insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). ...

Fresenius Ordered to Pay $82.6 Million in Overbilling Case - May 29, 2011
Fresenius Medical Care AG, the world's biggest provider of kidney dialysis, was ordered by a judge to pay $82.6 million to resolve a lawsuit by the U.S. government and whistleblowers that it overbilled Medicare....

Bundle Affects Secondary Hyperparathyroidism Treatment - May 27, 2011
The new dialysis bundled payment system has started to change a number of key areas in the management of secondary hyperparathyroidism in the dialysis setting, seemingly in an effort to save costs, according to a new report from BioTrends Research Group....

US awarded $82.6 million in Medicare fraud case - May 26, 2011
A federal judge in Nashville awarded the U.S. government $82.6 million on Thursday from three companies in a Medicare fraud case initiated by whistleblowers....

PharmaNet and Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital Collaborate to Evaluate Innovative Drugs - May 26, 2011
PharmaNet Development Group, Inc., a leading provider of clinical development services to pharmaceutical, biotechnology, generic drug and medical device companies, announced today that its subsidiary, PharmaNet Canada, Inc. (PharmaNet) and Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital (HMR) and its Research Center, one of the largest centers for nephrology in a single location in Canada, have agreed to collaborate in the conduct of pharmacokinetic studies in patients with impaired renal function. ...

Exclusive Coverage for Kidney Dialysis Centers Offered by Five Star Healthcare - May 13, 2011
Five Star Healthcare™, a division of Crump Insurance Services, Inc., and part of Crump Group, Inc., the nation's largest insurance wholesaler, today announced it has added a new insurance facility for Kidney Dialysis Centers....

meridianEMR® Selects CDW Healthcare to Deliver the Complementary IT Solution Supporting its Urology EHR - May 13, 2011
CDW Healthcare, part of the public sector subsidiary of CDW LLC, today announced a partnership with meridianEMR, which provides an interoperable electronic health record (EHR) solution for Urologists, compatible with physician practice management systems and advanced healthcare analytics. CDW Healthcare will be the preferred provider of information technology (IT) infrastructure and services for meridianEMR solutions....

Fredericksburg Nephrology Associates, Inc., Successfully Attests to Meaningful Use Using Acumen EHR - May 12, 2011
Health IT Services Group (HITSG) announced that on Monday, April 18, 2011, Fredericksburg Nephrology Associates, Inc. (FNA) in Fredericksburg, Virginia, successfully attested to meaningful use using Acumen nEHR version 6.0. Fredericksburg Nephrology, Inc., includes four of the almost 1,000 nephrology and mid-level providers using Acumen nEHR....

UPMC confirms patient got kidney from donor with Hepatitis C - May 12, 2011
UPMC officials today confirmed a Tribune-Review report that a kidney transplant recipient in its living-donor program received an organ from a donor who had the Hepatitis C virus....

Nephros Receives Approval to Market Dual Stage Ultrafilters in Canada - May 12, 2011
Nephros, Inc. today announced that on May 10, 2011 the Company received approval from the Therapeutic Products Directorate of Health Canada, the Canadian health regulatory agency, to market its Dual Stage Ultrafilters (DSU) in Canada to filter out biological contaminants from water and bicarbonate solution used in hemodialysis procedures....

Desperate Americans Buy Kidneys From Peru Poor - May 12, 2011
The global demand for organs far exceeds the available supply. In the U.S., 110,693 people are on waiting lists for organs, and fewer than 15,000 donors are found annually. ...

A detailed summary of investigations into DaVita - May 12, 2011
DaVita's practices have attracted the attention of federal investigators, who are probing the company for things ranging from whether it overused an anemia drug to its financial relationships with doctors....

Kidney-dialysis titan DaVita defends patient care, business practices - May 12, 2011
The Food and Drug Administration has warned since 2007 that the drug, routinely used to help anemic patients on dialysis, also can increase the risk of death when used at certain levels. DaVita officials energetically defend their company and say they never put patients at risk....

21 dialysis clinics in S.C., including 1 in Moncks Corner, listed as having alarmingly high death rates - May 12, 2011
11 of the 21 South Carolina dialysis clinics listed as having the highest death rates are the same ones state inspectors admit they haven't had a chance to check out in more than four years....

S.C. lags in dialysis clinics' inspections - May 10, 2011
South Carolina's health department failed to inspect dozens of the state's dialysis clinics on time, even though nearly one-fifth of the facilities posted the federal government's worst mortality rating. ...

More kidney disease, fewer kidney docs - May 10, 2011
A new report shows that the number of medical students opting to go into nephrology - the specialty involving caring for kidneys - is dropping, even as the need for such physicians is on the rise....

Changes in the Management of Renal Anemia Reported by Nephrologists Are Confirmed in BioTrends' Recently Published Patient Chart Audit Report - May 4, 2011
US Nephrologists have started reporting changes in the use of erythropoietin stimulating agents (ESAs) and intravenous (IV) iron in the management of renal anemia in dialysis patients due to the new dialysis bundled payment system, and the recently published ChartTrends®: Renal Anemia in Dialysis report by BioTrends, confirms these changes through a detailed analysis of 1,000 dialysis patient charts. ...

MobileXL 3.0; Patent-Pending Charge Capture Software Enables Nephrologists to Comply with New Governmental Regulations - May 4, 2011
DoctorsXL, the leader in nephrology medical practice management, announces that MobileXL 3.0, web-based software that enables physicians to electronically capture charges and treatment plans during out-of-office patient rounding, is now patent pending....

Integrated Medical Professionals Deploys PatientPoint to Enhance Patient Data Collection and Associated Reporting - May 4, 2011
PatientPoint, a provider of self-service solutions and end-to-end billing services, announced that Integrated Medical Professionals (IMP), a urology group in the United States, will be making use of its self-service check-in technology to enhance patient data collection and associated reporting....

Groups Organize Home Dialysis Congressional Briefing - May 4, 2011
Three renal organizations will hold a special briefing on Capitol Hill for members of Congress and staffers about new developments and studies showing how advancements in home hemodialysis have improved kidney patient health....

Research Helps Primary Care Doctors Manage CKD - April 30, 2011
Primary care physicians spend very little time discussing risk factors and preventative steps with patients at risk for kidney disease, and new research being presented at the National Kidney Foundation's Spring Clinical Meetings, is trying to change that....

Christus honored for kidney transplant surgeries - April 30, 2011
The Christus Transplant Institute has been named a Best Practice Facility by the End Stage Renal Disease Network of Texas....

'Seven Sisters' donate kidneys to strangers - April 30, 2011
Officials at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood can't say for sure they have a world record. But this is certain: Seven of their employees have done something extraordinary. The seven employees, all women, opted in recent years to donate kidneys to strangers or casual acquaintances....

DaVita Clinical Research Obtains USP 797 Compliance, Emphasizing Quality Standards at its Pharmacy - April 19, 2011
In establishing this distinction, DCR has demonstrated its Clean Room abides by the requirements set in place for the USP 797 high risk compliance and ensures its ability to handle compounds in a safe and efficient manner. ...

High-deductible health plans pose no special risks to the medically vulnerable, study finds - April 19, 2011
People who are medically vulnerable -- those with low incomes or chronic health problems -- who enroll in high-deductible health plans are at no more risk for cutting back on needed health care than other people who enroll in the plans, according to a new RAND Corporation study....

New Book Defines Standards of Practice for Nephrology Nurses, Helps Ensure Patient Safety - April 17, 2011
With the rate of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in America spiking over the past two decades, the role of the nephrology nurse has become increasingly important as more lives are affected. ...

New Tests Could Spot Which Kidney Patients Will Do the Worst - April 12, 2011
Researchers have come up with two new tests that seem better able to predict which patients with chronic kidney disease are more likely to progress to kidney failure and death....

Dialysis At Home? Davita Opens Training Facility In Fort Wayne - April 8, 2011
Davita provides care by delivering dialysis services and educational training to patients with chronic kidney failure and end stage renal disease....

RPA Guideline Assists Physicians, Kidney Failure Patients with Shared Decision-Making about Treatment Options - April 8, 2011
Dr. Alvin (Woody) Moss presented the recommendations included in the Renal Physicians Association (RPA) 2nd edition of its Clinical Practice Guideline on Shared Decision-Making in the Appropriate Initiation of and Withdrawal from Dialysis at the association's annual meeting in Washington, DC, in mid-March....

CPMC Performs Rare 5-Way Kidney Swap Procedure - April 8, 2011
All ten patients are doing well after a rare 5-way kidney swap transplant at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, part of the Sutter Health network. ...

CMS eliminates transition adjuster from ESRD bundle - April 3, 2011
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced that it is eliminating the 3.1% transition adjuster in the ESRD Prospective Payment System....

MARC Recognizes Renal CarePartners Clinic for Fistula Success - April 3, 2011
Renal CarePartners' Woodbridge, Va., facility was recently featured in the Mid-Atlantic Renal Coalition's (MARC) quarterly newsletter, REMARCS for how it overcame common obstacles and barriers to raise their arteriovenous fistula (AVF) rate to 68.2 percent "through a mixture of creativity, passion, and preparedness."...

When Ailments Pile Up, Asking Patients to Rethink Free Dialysis - April 3, 2011
Of all the terrible chronic diseases, only one -end-stage kidney disease - gets special treatment by the federal government. A law passed by Congress 39 years ago provides nearly free care to almost all patients whose kidneys have failed, regardless of their age or ability to pay. ...

New Bundle Reimbursement for End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) to Have Predominantly Negative Effect on $535 Million Treatment Device Market - March 31, 2011
Medicare bears the largest cost burden for ESRD treatments for an increasing elderly and diabetic population, and its reimbursements drive the market for treatment devices such as specialized catheters, hemodialysis dialyzers and arteriovenous (AV) access grafts. ...

The Renal Physicians Association Elects New President - March 31, 2011
The Renal Physicians Association, a national medical specialty association that represents and serves the interests of nephrology practitioners in their pursuit and delivery of quality renal care, has elected Ruben Velez, M.D., FACP, as its new President....

Nephros Reports 2010 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Financial Results - March 29, 2011
Nephros, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: NEPHD), a medical device company developing and marketing filtration products for therapeutic applications, infection control, and water purification, announced today financial results for the three months and full year ended December 31, 2010....

Most who showed up for kidney test need care - March 29, 2011
Nearly three-quarters of the 103 people who showed up for free kidney screening last week at Waukegan Township Park Place needed referrals for medical assistance - and some of them were likely saved from kidney failure, stroke or heart attacks....

The consequences of a donor kidney market - March 28, 2011
With a waiting list for a kidney at almost 83,000 Americans, the push to offer cash and other incentives grows. Two experts offer their opposing views on a donor kidney market....

EMR Resource EMRapproved.com Launches New Online Research Tools and Directories - March 23, 2011
Comprehensive EMR research, consulting and vending website EMRapproved.com launches new online tools, resources and directories amid increased demand for EMR consulting services....

GAO report calls for adequate payment, monitoring for oral drugs in the ESRD payment bundle - March 23, 2011
Renal associations have estimated that the cost for including oral medications in the bundle would be close to $45 per treatment; CMS proposed $14 per treatment in their original bundling proposal....

Kidney Transplant Recipient Infected With HIV From Live Donor - Procedure Needs Reviewing - March 20, 2011
An MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report) report, part of the CDC, highlights the need to re-examine national policy on HIV tests and their timing when screening living organ donors....

Why are kidneys in such demand? - March 18, 2011
The cash-for-kidneys scandal, in which prominent medical professionals and the Netcare Hospital Group have appeared in court, has brought to the fore the huge demand in our society for this vital organ. ...

More Reuters Results for: "" Follow Reuters * Facebook * Twitter * RSS * YouTube Read 1. Japanese engineers strive to restore p - March 17, 2011
Medicare officials do not plan at this time to change payment terms for anemia drugs used in kidney patients who are undergoing dialysis....

meridianEMR® Meaningful Use Tracking Board - March 17, 2011
With the launch of the meridianEMR Meaningful Use Tracking Board today, meridianEMR clients have a powerful new tool to simplify the process of attesting to Meaningful Use....

Already under indictment, McAllen urologist, wife, now face Medicare fraud charges - March 16, 2011
Authorities arrested a McAllen urologist on allegations of federal health care fraud after he arrived Thursday in Houston on a flight from Iran....

Evidence Appears Poor For Link Between Certain Biomarkers And Risk Of Cardiovascular Events For Patients With Kidney Disease - March 16, 2011
Even though clinical practice guidelines for patients with chronic kidney disease recommend specific treatment target levels for serum phosphorus, parathyroid hormone, and calcium to reduce the risk of cardiovascular events, an analysis of data from previous studies did not find a strong association between these biomarkers and the risk of death and cardiovascular events, except for higher serum phosphorus levels....

Global Demand for Erythropoietins to Escalate by 2013 - March 12, 2011
The global erythropoietin market is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of around 9% during 2011-2013, says RNCOS in its latest research study....

Texas Urologist and Wife Charged With 9 Counts of Medicare Fraud - March 11, 2011
Urologist Hossein Lahiji, MD, of McAllen, Texas, and his wife have been indicted for allegedly defrauding Medicare and Medicaid, according to a news release from the Federal Bureau of Investigations. ...

NICE launches new quality standard on chronic kidney disease on World Kidney Day - March 11, 2011
NICE has launched its new quality standard for chronic kidney disease (CKD) in adults. The launch coincides with World Kidney Day....

World Kidney Day Focuses on the Important Link Between Kidney Disease and Heart Disease - March 10, 2011
March 10, 2011 is World Kidney Day, and this year's theme is the increased risk of cardiovascular disease among kidney disease patients. ...

Mar Cor Purification Announces Launch of First Heat Disinfectable Portable RO for Dialysis - March 10, 2011
New product will enable more reliable water purification in home and hospital dialysis settings...

Seattle Children's Hospital Celebrates Opening of New Dialysis Unit - March 10, 2011
Today, timed with World Kidney Day, Seattle Children's Hospital announced the opening of its newly renovated dialysis unit. The unit will significantly improve patient comfort and safety compared to its predecessor facility, and includes an additional 630 square feet of space for a total of nearly 2,400 square feet. ...

Patient-Advocates Will Bring Kidney Disease Awareness to Capitol Hill on World Kidney Day - March 8, 2011
Congressional leaders will learn about the experiences of constituents living with kidney disease and how it can be prevented from kidney patient-advocates participating in the American Kidney Fund's (AKF) second annual Advocate Training and Fly-in to commemorate World Kidney Day on March 10....

Delayed Kidney Cancer Diagnosis Lands a Urologist in Court - March 7, 2011
What happens if you are sued by a patient whose testimony in court is completely different from the actual events? This happened to Dr. F, 52, a urologist with a small practice consisting of three physicians....

Kidney patient says "wrong medicine" means he cannot have transplant - March 6, 2011
A MAN with kidney failure claims he is not fit enough to withstand a life-changing transplant after blundering medics twice gave him drugs to which he was allergic....

First Annual 'Kidney Health Fair on the Hill' March 3 will Spotlight Kidney Health Education and Disease Prevention - March 6, 2011
The American Kidney Fund (AKF) and the Congressional Kidney Caucus will team up to draw attention to kidney health on March 3 on Capitol Hill in commemoration of National Kidney Month....

White Patients Most Likely to Get Kidney Transplants: Study - March 4, 2011
Minorities have a significantly lower chance of getting a kidney transplant than whites do, claims a new study that calls for changes in the formula used to decide who gets which donated organs....

Transplant Proposal Provides Model For Reform Debate - March 2, 2011
For the past two years, debate as to whether health reform would result in rationing has underscored the contradiction between the health care Americans would like to have and what we're actually willing to pay for it....

UC Irvine Says Dialysis Center Problems Resolved - March 2, 2011
UC Irvine officials announced today they have corrected the problems identified by state regulators at the university's dialysis center in Orange -- treatment flaws that could jeopardize the center's Medicare funding. ...

Forum of ESRD Networks releases report about CROWNWeb implementation - March 2, 2011
The Forum of ESRD Networks posted its final report today on the progress of the CROWNWeb data collection system for dialysis facilities....

Texas Urologist and Wife Indicted for Health Care Fraud - February 27, 2011
An indictment charging Hossein Lahiji, MD ., a McAllen urologist, and his wife, Najmeh Vahid Lahiji, of San Antonio, Texas, for allegedly defrauding Medicare and Medicare has been unsealed....

FDA clears Fresenius dialysis machine - February 27, 2011
Fresenius Medical Care, a Waltham medical device company focused on renal therapy, has been granted clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its 2008K@home dialysis machine. ...

Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission exams given national accreditation - February 27, 2011
The Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission www.nncc-exam.org has received national accreditation for the Certified Dialysis Nurse (CDN) and the Certified Nephrology Nurse (CNN) certification programs by the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABNSC)....

CMS implements pay-for-performance dialysis rule - January 11, 2011
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services last week issued a final rule that sets up a pay-for-performance program for dialysis facilities....

Primary care physicians, kidney specialists prefer shared care of kidney disease patients - January 11, 2011
Most primary care physicians (PCPs) and kidney specialists favor collaborative care for a patient with progressive chronic kidney disease, but their preferences on how and when to collaborate differ....

Acumen EHR Receives Meaningful Use Certification - January 11, 2011
Health IT Services Group said Jan. 11 that the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) certified that the Acumen EHR (version 6.0) has met meaningful use criteria established by the government. ...

Dueling Over Dialysis - December 21, 2010
The fight over whether Maui needs a second dialysis treatment provider rages on as competing health care providers argue over what's best for patients and the community....

Texas man visits Palm Harbor to demonstrate home dialysis system - December 20, 2010
These days, Wells, 59, travels the country in his RV taking along a sense of humor and his NxStage System One portable dialysis machine. He uses it six days a week, which means toxins have less time to build up in his bloodstream....

Dialysis Patient Citizens Creates Bundle Guide for Patients - December 20, 2010
Dialysis Patient Citizens (DPC) has introduced the new Dialysis Patients' Guide to the Medicare End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Bundle, which is available for free download via its website www.dialysispatients.org. ...

Understanding ePrescribing Penalties - December 15, 2010
The e-prescribing incentive drops from 2 percent in 2010 to 1 percent this year; however, the methods for reporting participation to CMS have not changed. ...

MedPAC Estimates 1.3% Dialysis Medicare Margin in 2011 - December 15, 2010
The Medicare margin for all dialysis providers is expected to be 1.3 percent in 2011, which is the first full year of the new dialysis bundled payment system, according to a Dec. 2 Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) meeting presentation....

New Dialysis Unit brings care closer to home - December 15, 2010
Establishing a dialysis treatment center in Tupper Lake was part of a broader expansion and renovation project for the community....

How the Journal Crunched the Medicare Numbers - December 9, 2010
The Wall Street Journal examined the IMRT utilization rate among prostate cancer patients who were first diagnosed with the disease while enrolled in Medicare. ...

Mortality Higher in Large Chain Dialysis Clinics - December 9, 2010
The risk of death for dialysis patients at large chain dialysis centers is higher when compared to medium-sized nonprofit chains, according to a study published online Dec. 9 in Health Services Research....

Have MD, Will Travel: Locum Tenens Docs Today - December 6, 2010
The burdensome regulatory changes he sees coming also influenced Dr. Stripling's decision to change his career path. "I'm just not going to practice if I'm going to be dealing with rules all the time on what I can and can't order. I choose not to be part of that kind of medical system." ...

A urologist discounts complaints from an annoying patient-and pays a heavy price - December 6, 2010
It was a shock to be jolted out of retirement by a lawsuit, and more of a shock to discover that Mr. N had been right about his concerns all along. The physician began reassessing his decisions, and how much credence he had given to Mr. N's complaints....

Jumping the Gun on Dialysis Hikes Mortality Risk - December 6, 2010
Starting dialysis at a higher glomerular filtration rate earlier in the end-stage renal disease process may actually increase mortality, researchers affirmed. ...

Southampton Hospital Responds To Growing Demand For Dialysis - December 3, 2010
According to Southampton Hospital officials, local demand for dialysis treatment is creeping upward, so much so that the dialysis center, which can serve some 64 patients or more daily, had to turn away a few patients this past summer....

ICD-10 Impact Analysis: Renal Specialty Coding - December 3, 2010
The need to move to ICD-10 is a well-known and ongoing saga. The current standards, ICD-9-CM Volumes I, II and III, are over 30 years old and increasingly are becoming outdated....

Medicare Beneficiaries Should Be Aware Of 2011 Changes - December 2, 2010
If you're a senior citizen who relies on Medicare, the New York State Insurance Department says that you should be aware of changes for 2011 which may affect your health care benefits....

FDA Warns Fresenius Over Dialysis Products - December 2, 2010
In a Sept. 15 letter, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned Fresenius Medical Care that it had not properly investigated or fixed problems in two dialysis products and also expressed concern over the company's phosphate drug Phoslo....

A Guide to Selling Your Dialysis Clinics - November 28, 2010
Independent owners of dialysis clinics are facing a moment of truth. Medicare reimbursement rules are changing-resulting in lower payments for many clinics-and it is only natural to ask: "Is now the time to sell?"...

Medicare Part C: Is It Really Worth It - November 25, 2010
Starting in 2011, Medicare Part C Advantage plans are prohibited from charging higher cost-sharing requirements than the original Medicare for certain covered services such as chemotherapy, dialysis and skilled nursing care....

Dialysis Industry May Expand as Study Sways Medicare - November 24, 2010
A study concluding kidney patients can improve their health by undergoing twice as many dialysis sessions may prompt the U.S. government to reconsider Medicare rules restricting payments to DaVita Inc. and other providers....

Some Patients on Mechanical Ventilation May Experience Second, Deadly Acute Kidney Injury: Presented at Renal Week 2010 - November 24, 2010
A small number of patients who have been mechanically ventilated experience a rare but potentially deadly outcome: a second acute kidney injury, researchers said here at the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) Renal Week 2010....

Kidney patient groups ask Congress to help correct the ESRD transition adjuster rate - November 23, 2010
The American Kidney Fund, Dialysis Patient Citizens, National Kidney Foundation and Renal Support Network last week sent joint letters requesting Congress intervention to fix the transition adjuster to House and Senate leadership as well as select committee leadership. ...

NxStage: Landmark Study in New England Journal of Medicine Documents Significant Clinical Advantages of More Frequent Hemodialysis - November 22, 2010
NxStage® Medical, Inc. (Nasdaq: NXTM), a leading manufacturer of innovative dialysis products, today commented on the just- released findings of the Frequent Hemodialysis Network (FHN) Daily Trial that compared in-center hemodialysis administered under a three times per week schedule ("conventional dialysis") versus six shorter sessions per week ("short daily dialysis"). ...

Fresenius Medical Care has released the 2008T dialysis machine, which includes chair-side computer access and management information system integratio - November 22, 2010
Fresenius Medical Care has released the 2008T dialysis machine, which includes chair-side computer access and management information system integration. ...

Iowa Urologist Fined by Board Following Accusations of Unnecessary Procedures - November 21, 2010
A West Des Moines, Iowa urologist has been fined $5,000 by the Iowa Board of Medicine and is not permitted to practice general surgery after being accused of poor record-keeping and doing "overly aggressive" operations....

Michigan Halts Medicare Insurance Rate Hike - November 21, 2010
This includes the part of their plan which would deny Medigap subsidies to seniors with terminal renal disease or cancer who receive premium assistance from an advocacy support group....

Efforts needed to address disparities in kidney transplantation - November 21, 2010
Research shows that people with low incomes are more likely to develop kidney failure and less likely to receive a living donor kidney transplant than people of other socioeconomic classes....

Adoption of EHRs in Medical Offices Owned by Hospitals and Health Systems Jumps 10 Percent - November 20, 2010
Physician specialties with the highest adoption rates are radiology (59.9%), pathology (59.8%), aerospace medicine (59.5%), dialysis (59.3%) and emergency medicine (57.6 %). ...

Children's Belly Fat Affects Heart Risk - November 20, 2010
Children with higher levels of belly fat have higher pulse pressures, which puts them at risk for heart-related disorders, a new study finds....

Weekend hospital stays worse for kidney patients - November 20, 2010
Patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) who are admitted to the hospital during the weekend are at increased risk of death, according to a study presented at the American Society of Nephrology's 43rd Annual Meeting and Scientific Exposition....

Henry Schein Medical Systems Expands EMR Functionality for Medical Specialties - November 18, 2010
Henry Schein Medical Systems, a provider of proven and cost-effective practice management (PM) and electronic medical records (EMR) systems, today announced a major expansion of its customized MicroMD(R) EMR solutions, designed for use in a wide array of specialized clinical settings, such as dermatology, OB/GYN, neurology and nephrology. ...

DaVita Clinical Research Presents "Catheter Reduction Reduces Hospitalization and Mortality" Poster Amongst 56 Others at the 43rd ASN Renal Week - November 18, 2010
In DCR's presentation titled, "Catheter Reduction Reduces Hospitalization and Mortality," experts will discuss that following an aggressive catheter reduction initiative, such as the DaVita Cathaway™ program, decreases both central venous catheter (CVC) incidence and duration associated with significant decreased morbidity and mortality. ...

Fresenius Medical Care Introduces 2008T Hemodialysis Delivery System at Renal Week 2010 - November 18, 2010
"Smart" dialysis platform is the first fully integrated therapy and management information system in the market designed to improve access to valuable patient information and streamline facility operations in a bundled environment....

The diagnosis on U.S. kidney dialysis care: deadly for patients, costly for taxpayers - November 17, 2010
Another scathing indictment of the state of medical care in the United States can be found in an article published this week (and reprinted by MinnPost) by the nonprofit investigative reporting group ProPublica....

Industry titan DaVita deems assessment "disappointing" - November 17, 2010
The ProPublica article on the U.S. dialysis industry is misleading and misinterprets data, said officials of Denver-based DaVita Inc., the nation's largest dialysis provider....

Dialysis gets an infusion of new technology - November 17, 2010
Northwest Kidney Centers was the world's first outpatient dialysis center. Back when it first began and was known as the Seattle Artificial Kidney Center, it only had three beds and nowhere near enough dialysis units to meet demands....

Twelve Dallas Nephrology Physicians Voted Best Doctors in Dallas - November 17, 2010
A dozen nephrologists associated with Dallas Nephrology Associates (DNA) have been named to D Magazine's list of the Best Doctors in Dallas for 2010....

Fresenius to Fully Opt Into Bundle - November 16, 2010
Fresenius Medical Care has fully opted into the new dialysis "bundle" payment, CEO Ben Lipps said on a third-quarter conference call on Nov. 2. ...

DaVita Q3 Profit Rises, Tops Estimate; Narrows FY10 View - November 16, 2010
DaVita, Inc. (DVA: News ), an operator of kidney dialysis centers, Thursday reported a better than expected rise in profit for the third quarter, as more patients came in to take treatment at its centers....

Liberty Dialysis To Merge With Renal Advantage - November 16, 2010
Privately held Liberty Dialysis LLC is merging with another private operator of dialysis clinics, Renal Advantage, to create the third-largest player by sales in the U.S. market....

NxStage® Expands Product Portfolio With Innovative Patient Access Surveillance Solution From Vasc-Alert™ - November 14, 2010
Vasc-Alert, a patented medical device, uses computer technology to analyze standard treatment data taken during each patient's scheduled hemodialysis treatments to screen for vascular access dysfunction. ...

New Data Show That Most Kidney Care Providers Will Participate Fully in New Medicare 'Bundled' Payment System - November 14, 2010
Providers Call on Government Officials to Set Payment Levels Based on Actual Number of Facilities, Rather Than Estimates....

Behind the Huge Variations in Dialysis Patient Mortality - November 14, 2010
The way the Uncle Sam treats end-stage renal disease (ESRD) is-as close as anything else-socialized medicine. ...

Renal Community Fights Bundle Transition Adjuster - November 14, 2010
With the new dialysis bundled payment looming, the renal community is asking the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to rethink a 3.1 percent cut in reimbursement designed to offset the potential increased costs of transitioning to the new payment system in 2011....

Unwrapping the dialysis bundle: Industry reacts to new payment system - November 12, 2010
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services kept the dialysis industry on its toes this summer. After submitting 1,600 comments on the first draft of the agency's revamped payment system - the most momentous change to the sector in decades - everyone from patient advocacy groups on Capitol Hill to nonprofit providers in rural America waited. ...

ProPublica Report Slams Dialysis Centers - November 12, 2010
Lapses in cleanliness and safety are common in U.S. dialysis centers, according to a joint investigation by ProPublica, a news organization specializing in investigative journalism, and The Atlantic magazine....

The Pros and Cons of Interventional Nephrology - November 12, 2010
Vascular access (VA), commonly proclaimed both as the "lifeline" and the "Achilles heel" for patients on hemodialysis (HD), has been an unsettling though modifiable issue for both patients and providers....

American Association of Kidney Patients and Fresenius Medical Care Team up to Honor Patients on Dialysis for 25+ Years - November 12, 2010
The American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP), which for more than 40 years has championed the cause of improving the lives of fellow kidney patients, is honored to partner with Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA), the nation's leading network of dialysis facilities, in its Quarter Century Patient Recognition Program....

Early Dialysis Treatment Increases Mortality Risk - November 10, 2010
Patients who begin dialysis earlier in the development of their renal disease have a higher risk of death in the following year than patients who start later, according to a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine....

Dialysis: An Experiment In Universal Health Care - November 10, 2010
Since 1972, when Congress granted comprehensive coverage under Medicare to any patient diagnosed with kidney failure, both dialysis and kidney transplants have been covered for all renal patients....

The Renal Anemia Market Shows Signs of Stabilization but Changes are Occurring in the Bone and Mineral Metabolism Market - November 10, 2010
BioTrends Research Group, Inc. released two syndicated Nephrology TreatmentTrends® publications (TreatmentTrends®: US Nephrology Q310 and TreatmentTrends®: Renal Dietitians 2010). These reports provide information gleaned from on-line surveys with 200 nephrologists and 205 renal dietitians and capture insight into attitudes, perceptions and self-reported prescribing behavior....

Doctor disciplined for missing condition - October 25, 2010
Lubbock physician Hugh Wilson was disciplined last week by the Texas Medical Board after an investigation confirmed he failed to recognize acute renal failure and refer a patient to a nephrologist or admit the patient to an intensive care unit....

B. Braun Renal Therapies Division Announces Availability of Adimea - October 17, 2010
The Renal Therapies Division of B. Braun Medical Inc. (B. Braun) has announced the U.S. introduction of Adimea™, an innovative process for real-time monitoring of dialysis effectiveness during treatment....

Memorial Hermann Heart and Heart Surgery, Gynecology, Urology, Kidney Disorders and Rehabilitation Programs Named Among Nation's Best by U.S. News & W - September 5, 2010
Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center and TIRR Memorial Hermann have earned distinction as two of the nation's top hospitals in U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Hospitals" issue....

U of L dialysis patient confidentiality compromised - September 3, 2010
A University of Louisville database with the names, social security numbers and other personal information of 708 dialysis patients was accessible via the Internet for more than a year, university officials announced Wednesday morning....

Reportlinker Adds Global Renal Dialysis Equipment Pipeline Analysis, Opportunity Assessment and Market Forecasts to 2016 - September 1, 2010
Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue....

CMS Sets ESRD Bundle Base Rate at $229.63 - August 27, 2010
Under the new end-stage renal disease payment system, the base payment rate for each dialysis treatment will be $229.63, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)....

Las Vegas Tops Fresenius Travel List for Dialysis Patients - August 27, 2010
Las Vegas topped Fresenius Medical Care's top 10 list of places for dialysis patients to travel, according to an Aug. 18 news release....

Gout Drug Slows Kidney Disease - August 27, 2010
Allopurinol, a drug approved for hyperuricemia, significantly slowed the progression of renal disease in patients with moderate chronic disease, a small randomized trial showed....

CMS Needs to Monitor Access, Quality of New ESRD Bundled Payment Program - August 22, 2010
The use of bundled payments for treatment of Medicare beneficiaries with end-stage renal disease (ESRD)-using a single payment to pay for dialysis and related services, including inject able drugs-will officially begin Jan. 1, 2011, by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). However, moving into this new payment territory will create questions of quality and access that CMS should answer, suggests the Government Accountability Office (GAO)....

DaVita shares fall on reimbursement rate concerns - August 22, 2010
Shares of DaVita Inc., a provider of kidney dialysis services, fell Wednesday after its stock was downgraded on concerns of lower reimbursement rates, a Justice Department inquiry and earnings growth that wouldn't resume until later in the year....

Medicaid change hurts, high-need patients say - August 11, 2010
A provision in the state budget last summer changed how the state pays for certain Medicaid services. Instead of having ambulance companies, therapists and other service providers bill the state, the state is giving nursing homes $3.91 per day per Medicaid patient to cover the expenses....

Ohio lawmaker wants changes in Medicaid payments to nursing homes - July 28, 2010
A local state lawmaker is trying to change a new Medicaid payment system that has caused companies to close, others to lay off employees and, more alarmingly, is hurting nursing home patients who need services such as ventilators, dialysis or custom wheelchairs. ...

Dialysis groups, senators raise concerns over VA proposal for veterans with ESRD - July 25, 2010
The Kidney Care Partners, The Kidney Care Coalition, Dialysis Patient Citizens, and the Chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee issued mostly critical comments to the Department of Veteran's Affairs for its proposal to use Medicare rates to cover outpatient dialysis services. ...

While Use of Home Dialysis Modalities Remains Low, Increased Use is Expected in Light of the Upcoming Dialysis Bundled Payment System - July 21, 2010
BioTrends is pleased to announce the publication of a new syndicated report, Special Report: Dialysis Modalities in the US. This report covers the use of various dialysis modalities including peritoneal dialysis (PD) and home hemodialysis, as well as attitudes and perceptions toward these modalities, advantages and disadvantages, ideal patient types, barriers to growth, and expected future use....

Georgia's Kidney Community Praises House Insurance Committee for Advancing Medigap Bill; Strongly Urges Bill Passage Before Close of Legislative Sessi - July 17, 2010
The Georgia House Insurance Committee today passed patient-centered legislation (S.B. 316) that will allow more than 2,000 kidney failure patients and those deemed disabled in Georgia to obtain secondary insurance coverage for medical care....

Hospital, M.D. Are Accused of Harming Patients in Quality-Driven False Claims Act Case - July 15, 2010
In a case that underscores the close link between compliance and quality of care, the Department of Justice alleges in a false claims lawsuit that Satilla Regional Medical Center in Waycross, Ga., and surgeon Najam Azmat, M.D., billed Medicare and Medicaid for medically substandard and unnecessary services. As a result, the feds allege, one patient died and others were injured....

NxStage expands hemodialysis supply deal - July 14, 2010
NxStage Medical Inc. expands its deal with Renal Advantage Inc. to provide hemodialysis supplies to another 43 dialysis centers....

VA proposing to use Medicare rates to cover outpatient dialysis
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The Department of Veterans Affairs says it can save 39% in payments to 
non-VA managed dialysis clinics for patient services, and 75% in lab test
payments by switching to Medicare pricing.

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Fresenius appeals $19.4M verdict, says Renal Care Group did nothing wrong - July 11, 2010
Renal Care Group, which was acquired by Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc. of Germany in 2005, faced allegations from federal authorities and an employee who served as a "whistleblower" that it improperly sought certain types of Medicare reimbursement by organizing another company, Renal Care Group Supply Co., to take advantage of billing disparities....

Texas Ambulance Company Supervisor Pleads Guilty in Health Care Fraud Case - July 11, 2010
A former high-level employee of Royal and First Choice ambulance services, Shaun Outen, 32, of Aubrey, Texas, pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, announced U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks of the Northern District of Texas....

Woman chosen as Patient Champion for National Kidney month - July 3, 2010
Nancy Weirich has been on kidney dialysis for nearly 10 years, but that hasn't stopped her from visiting her grandchildren a few hours away and taking annual family vacations to Tennessee and Alabama....

Home dialysis patients anxiously watching health care reform unfold - July 3, 2010
About 4,000 people using home dialysis machines are watching to see how health care reform plays out for them. Most in the group, which is now almost like a club, believe the portable treatments make them feel better and live longer....

South Carolina's Kidney Community Thanks State Senator Luke Rankin for Valuable Support of Medigap Legislation - July 3, 2010
Members of South Carolina's kidney community – including the National Kidney Foundation Serving the Carolinas, South Carolina Region (NKF) and Dialysis Patient Citizens; patients; caregivers and other supporters – thank state Senator Luke Rankin (R-Myrtle Beach), Chairman of the Senate Banking and Insurance Subcommittee, for signing on as a bill co-sponsor in support of proposed legislation designed to help hundreds of kidney patients and thousands of the disabled in South Carolina access needed health insurance coverage for life-saving medical care....

As The Dialysis Bundled Payment Plan Draws Near, Medical Directors and Renal Administrators Become More Concerned About Negative Patient Outcomes In E - July 3, 2010
BioTrends announces the release of the second wave of an on-going series of reports, Special Report: Impact of the Dialysis Bundled Payment System. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will be implementing the new payment system on January 1, 2011 and will phase the program in over a four year period....

Nashville Medicare Supply Company Ordered to Pay More Than $19.3 Million in Damages for Violation of the False Claims Act and for Unjust Enrichment - July 3, 2010
In a "whistleblower" case originally filed in St. Louis in 2005, a federal court in Nashville today awarded the United States $19,366,705, plus interest, after finding that Renal Care Group, Renal Care Group Supply Company, (RCGSC) and Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc., recklessly disregarded federal law when billing the Medicare program for home dialysis supplies and equipment from 1999 to 2005....

Renal Care ordered to pay $19M for Medicare billing scheme Read more: Renal Care ordered to pay $19M for Medicare billing scheme - July 3, 2010
Renal Care Group, Renal Care Group Supply Co. and Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc. must pay $19.4 million for a Medicare billing scheme for home dialysis supplies and equipment from 1999 until 2005, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Tuesday....

The Joint Commission Awards First Chronic Kidney Disease Certification, UCSD Medical Center Earns Distinction - July 3, 2010
The Chronic Kidney Disease Clinic at University of California San Diego Medical Center is the first organization in the country to be certified under The Joint Commission's Disease-Specific Care Advanced Certification Program in Chronic Kidney Disease. ...

U.S. Minorities Especially Vulnerable to Kidney Failure - July 3, 2010
Poor, minority adults with moderate to severe chronic kidney disease are far more likely to progress to kidney failure than are whites with the disease, a new U.S. study has found....

Kidney Patients from South Carolina Ask for Insurance Coverage in Meeting with State Officials - July 3, 2010
Kidney patients from across South Carolina joined the National Kidney Foundation Serving the Carolinas, South Carolina Region and Dialysis Patient Citizens in holding a briefing at the State Capitol Rotunda, followed by a series of meetings with lawmakers and staff. ...

State Medicaid cuts could close dialysis centers - July 3, 2010
Some dialysis centers in Oklahoma are likely to close and patients will need to travel much further to get the life-sustaining treatments due to Medicaid payment cuts that are set to take effect April 1....

Dialysis Corporation of America Reports Fourth Quarter and Year Ended December 31, 2009 Results - July 3, 2010
Dialysis Corporation of America (Nasdaq: DCAI) announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2009....

Kidney paired donations may expand under pilot program - June 20, 2010
Paired donations and extended transplant chains can save lives, UNOS says, and a national pool to facilitate the exchanges could ease the kidney shortage....

Kicking Off National Kidney Month, South Carolina Kidney Patients Prepare to Descend on the State Capitol in Support of Improved Access to Care - June 8, 2010
In recognition of March as National Kidney Month, the National Kidney Foundation Serving the Carolinas, South Carolina Region (NKF) and Dialysis Patient Citizens (DPC) are preparing to hold "Kidney Day at the State House" on Wednesday, in which more than 50 kidney patients, family members and kidney care advocates from across South Carolina will gather at the state Capitol to meet with their legislators and ask them to support policies that will enhance patients' access to health insurance for essential medical care. ...

athenahealth and Falcon Launch Integrated Web-Based Electronic Health Record and Practice Management Platform for Nephrology - April 26, 2010
athenahealth, Inc. and DaVita Inc. announced a partnership to deliver an integrated, web-based electronic health record (EHR) and revenue cycle management service to nephrologists across the country....

Grady critics need lesson in finance - April 25, 2010
Grady's dialysis patients and their advocates are directing their ire at the wrong target in their fight to reinstate dialysis care. Instead of taking aim at the hospital and its administrators, they should be lobbying local governments and the Legislature for more money....

Fresenius Medical Care Recognizes 31 Patient Champions in 31 Days for National Kidney Month - April 22, 2010
Company Honors Dialysis Patients Who are Committed to Treatments, Maintain Positive Outlook on Condition....

Spectra Laboratories Improves Efficiency with McKesson - March 29, 2010
Spectra Laboratories East (Rockleigh, N.J.), a lab division of Fresenius Medical Care North America, recently replaced its legacy system with McKesson's Horizon Lab™ laboratory information system (LIS) to improve workflow associated with more than 30 million tests it performs annually....

Dallas Nephrology Associates Selects Allscripts Electronic Health Record and Practice Management for 70 Physicians - March 17, 2010
Dallas Nephrology Associates (DNA) has selected the Allscripts Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Practice Management solution to enhance the quality of patient care, improve patient communications, and better manage the cost of care delivery in its locations across the Dallas Metropolitan area. ...

Georgia Dialysis Patients, Legislators Rally Around Bill to Improve Patient Access to Dialysis and Transplants; Lauded as "Good for Patients, Good for - March 13, 2010
Dialysis Patient Citizens today praised the Senate Insurance and Labor Committee for unanimously passing legislation – S.B. 316 – which will increase patient access to life-saving dialysis care or transplant medications....

The Ultimate Answer To Back Pain From Killeen Tx Chiropractor Dr. Robert Dorn - March 10, 2010
A Chiropractor in Killeen Tx, Dr Robert Dorn is providing services to treating back pains in a natural way. This process does not include modern medications and the likes....

New Clinic Offers Access to Shorter Wait List for Kidney Transplantation - March 2, 2010
More than 26 million American adults suffer from chronic kidney disease. Of these, more than 17,000 California patients are currently on a wait list for kidney transplantation. Wait lists for transplantation vary by geographical area. Patients in the Coachella Valley now have rapid access to UC San Diego Medical Center where wait times can be 40 percent shorter than in Los Angeles. ...

How dialysis patients manage in a blizzard - February 26, 2010
For patients who need life-sustaining treatment such as dialysis, the snow storm threatens to get between them and their care....

Grady dialysis patients band together to face new deadline on care - February 26, 2010
Several Grady Memorial Hospital dialysis patients gathered Tuesday and discussed the hospital's new deadline that could end their care. They shared their anxiety. Some said they couldn't sleep....

Teens' kidney function harmed by even low lead levels - February 16, 2010
Concentrations below those considered elevated are still damaging, a study reports. The government is reducing lead levels in toys and the atmosphere, the CDC says....

Transplants Can Proceed Despite Substance Abuse - February 5, 2010
Substance abuse by renal transplant recipients does not significantly affect graft and patient outcomes, according to new data presented at the American Society of Transplantation 10th Annual State of the Art Winter Symposium....

Should The Government Regulate Our Health? - February 3, 2010
New Yorkers have recently learned about the detriments of salt. Mayor Bloomberg has launched an initiative to reduce the amount of sodium that people get from restaurant chains and food producers by asking them to voluntarily cut the amount of this now ill-thought of mineral....

Bill could help dialysis, transplant patients - February 3, 2010
Thousands of Georgians could get help paying for dialysis and drugs needed after a kidney transplant if a bill sponsored by state Sen. Don Thomas, R-Dalton, becomes law....

ABOUT $2 MILLION A MONTH: More illegal immigrants getting emergency treatment at UMC - February 3, 2010
There are now four more of them regularly making their way to the emergency room at University Medical Center. And doctors say the illegal immigrants coming in for dialysis treatment at University Medical Center are sicker than they were before, making their care even more expensive....

Hints of a possible solution for dialysis patients - January 31, 2010
Throughout the drama of the closing of Grady Memorial Hospital's dialysis unit, one question has loomed: What will happen to the 50 patients when funding for their care runs out? Will they be on the street? Will they die?...

Grady dialysis patients emotionally exhausted - January 31, 2010
Grady's decision to close the clinic has sent about 50 of its patients into a medical care limbo. Most were illegal immigrants with little money and no government aid. Olaleye-Abner actually has a green card and is married to an American, but not long enough to qualify for citizenship or Medicaid. ...

U.S. Kidney Dialysis Community Responds to Haiti's Emergency Plea for Life-Saving Dialysis Care - January 31, 2010
Kidney Care Partners' Members Provide Dialysis Equipment, Supplies, Medications, and On-the-Ground Clinical Staff to Haiti to Ensure Continued Patient Access to Life-Saving Treatment....

Fresenius Medical Care Canada Announces NephroCare Software Acquisition - January 31, 2010
Fresenius Medical Care Canada (FMCC) announced today that it has completed the purchase of sole Canadian development and distribution rights to the NephroCare® software from Cybernius Medical LTD. ...

Even Mild Kidney Disease Harms a Child's Quality of Life - January 30, 2010
Challenging prevailing wisdom that only children with end-stage kidney disease suffer physical, social, emotional and educational setbacks from their disease, research led by Johns Hopkins Children's Center shows that even mild to moderate kidney disease may seriously diminish a child's quality of life. ...

DaVita Inc. faces shareholder investigation - January 30, 2010
An investigation on behalf of current long term investors in shares of DaVita Inc. (Public, NYSE:DVA) over potential shareholder claims based on breach of fiduciary duty and other state law violations was announced. ...

Whistleblower suit fingers DaVita, Networks critical of CMS - January 23, 2010
It was announced this week that the whistleblower suit in Eastern Texas that alleges fraudulent EPO administration and billing practices has been amended for a third time to include DaVita Inc. as the sole defendant....

Georgia's Kidney Care Community Praises Introduction of Legislation to Improve Patient Access to Quality Kidney Dialysis and Transplant Care - January 21, 2010
Members of Georgia's kidney care community – including patients, physicians, providers, and kidney transplant groups – today applauded State Senators Don Thomas (R-Dalton) and Ed Harbison (D-Columbus) for introducing bipartisan legislation to help approximately 2,000 Georgians suffering from kidney failure who are having difficulty accessing health insurance for their dialysis care or needed transplant medications....

Will the bundle improve the way care is delivered? - January 21, 2010
If in fact CMS is interested in keeping a healthy provider mixsmall, medium, and large dialysis organizationsit is imperative that the agency sign off on a final plan that maintains such a balance. And it may not be just for the sake of healthy competition; patients do want a choice....

Muscle Wasting in Dialysis Patients - January 21, 2010
Muscle wasting, also termed protein-energy wasting (PEW), is a state of metabolic and nutritional derangements that is closely associated with high morbidity and mortality in CKD patients....

Do we let Grady dialysis patients die? - January 21, 2010
Thanks to an article that appeared in the New York Times, Jan. 1, we have some idea. The article, "Ailing immigrants find no relief back home," describes the fate of one person who took Grady's offer to return to their home country and went back to Mexico....

Grady Extends Dialysis Deadline amidst Human Rights Inquiry - January 21, 2010
he Grady Health System decided last week to continue providing free dialysis care through a private provider for another month, Atlanta Progressive News has learned....

New dialysis plan will prevent ER overcrowding - January 19, 2010
Three healthcare institutions agreed to help Jackson's dialysis patients on Friday because the $100,000 move could save lives while saving costs in their own emergency rooms....

Lawyers for Grady dialysis patients seek international stage - January 19, 2010
An international human rights organization is reviewing whether Grady Memorial Hospital violated the rights of patients of its now-closed outpatients dialysis clinic....

Hospital Cuts Dialysis Care for the Poor in Miami - January 19, 2010
To chip away at an overwhelming budget deficit, Miami's public hospital system stopped paying for kidney dialysis for the indigent this week, officials said, leaving some patients to rely on emergency rooms for their life-sustaining treatments....

Lawsuit Filed against Heparin Maker, Dialysis Center - January 19, 2010
The family of Lloyd James Robinson, who allegedly died after he was administered heparin during treatment at the DaVita Lufkin Dialysis, filed a product liability lawsuit in the Beaumont Division of the Eastern District of Texas on Dec. 30 against the drug's manufacturer Baxter and the dialysis center alleging that the Chinese facility where the drug was manufactured did not meet U.S. regulations....

Struggling Public Hospital in Miami Cuts Off Dialysis Payments - January 19, 2010
In covering this beat, I sometimes see a story that makes me stop and think, "So that's what's wrong with healthcare." I read such a piece today in the Miami Herald concerning the decision of the Jackson Health System, a major public hospital in Miami, to stop paying for kidney dialysis for 175 poor, uninsured patients....

Kidney Patients Fault Advance Care Planning - January 18, 2010
Chronic kidney disease patients who responded to a survey said that their end-of-life planning fell far short of their wants and needs. Nearly half of patients with advanced chronic disease said they would like to make advance care plans with their nephrologist....

Grady Dialysis Patients to Appeal Order - January 10, 2010
A lawyer representing dialysis patients who were treated at a clinic that was shut down by an Atlanta hospital has asked the Georgia Supreme Court to take up their complaint seeking ongoing care....

Fresenius Medical Care Urges Dialysis Patients to Prepare for Winter Storms - January 10, 2010
As winter brings freezing temperatures and blankets regions of the U.S. with snow, dialysis patients are especially vulnerable because they typically need treatment every two to three days, and any substantial delay can be life threatening....

Reprieve Eases Medical Crisis for Illegal Immigrants - January 10, 2010
The patients, mostly illegal immigrants with no access to insurance, signed documents stating they understood that Grady's payments would end on Jan. 3. Until then, the hospital would help them relocate to their home countries or other states....

Grady dialysis patients get treatment reprieve -- again - January 10, 2010
Though Grady Memorial Hospital has contracted with a clinic to provide free dialysis care for patients until September, the hospital continues to push patients to find their own care and has set another deadline to stop treatments....

Three hospitals team up in dialysis crisis - January 10, 2010
Three Miami-Dade hospitals stepped forward Friday to provide a month's worth of care for about 40 dialysis patients abandoned by Jackson Health System....

UM, 2 hospitals to help dialysis patients who lost Jackson care - January 8, 2010
The University of Miami's UHealth, Baptist Health South Florida and Mercy Hospital announced Friday morning they will fund for one month the 40-some dialysis patients who have lost their support from Jackson Health System....

Understand the 2010 changes in current procedural terminology (CPT) - January 8, 2010
219 additions, 141 revisions, and 63 deletions. Here's what you need to know to get paid this year....

Jackson Health System halts dialysis for poor patients - January 7, 2010
Dozens of patients are facing a life-or-death situation after Jackson Health System stopped paying for treatment for their failing kidneys....

Dialysis during the night - January 5, 2010
The life-saving procedure tends to interrupt the lives of patients with kidney failure, forcing them to fit in school, work or appointments on other days. But since late November, Cooks has more time to get things done by having dialysis from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. at Fresenius Medical Care Jackson....

Denying Care To Illegal Immigrants Raises Ethical Concerns - January 5, 2010
Under the House bill, illegal immigrants could buy coverage in the bill's insurance exchange but would be ineligible for federal subsidies; under the Senate version, even that would not be not permitted....

Study Finds Dramatic Improvement in Patient Outcomes in Dialysis Clinics After Being Acquired by DaVita - January 4, 2010
DaVita Inc. (NYSE: DVA), a leading provider of kidney care services for those diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD), today released a study finding patient outcomes in the company's newly acquired centers showed dramatic improvements over the two years following their switch to DaVita® ownership....

Expert offers recommendations for treating anemia in patients with kidney disease - December 29, 2009
Recent findings that an anemia-fighting drug doubles the risk of stroke in patients with diabetes and chronic kidney disease without substantially improving their quality of life should lead doctors to be more cautious about prescribing these medications....

Mississippi organ case prompts review - December 29, 2009
Health officials who coordinate U.S transplant surgeries say they will examine policies on using donors who have certain neurological disorders....

Second state panel opposes Kaiser dialysis - December 29, 2009
A state health panel voted 7-4 Thursday to recommend disapproval of Kaiser Permanente's proposal to develop outpatient dialysis services in Wailuku and Lahaina....

American Society of Transplantation: Dialysis reimbursement should not hold transplant bill hostage - December 29, 2009
The American Society of Transplantation responded to the recent New York Times article, "Plan for kidney drugs spurs division," by releasing a statement that emphasizes the organization's support of the controversial Congressional proposal to extend the immunosuppressive coverage limits....

Immigrants Lose Lawsuit Against Atlanta Hospital - December 29, 2009
Efforts to force the public hospital here to continue providing free dialysis treatment to a group of immigrants, most of them illegal, suffered a setback on Tuesday when a judge dismissed a lawsuit challenging the recent closing of the hospital's outpatient renal clinic....

Judge: Grady dialysis lawsuit will be dismissed - December 29, 2009
A Fulton County Superior Court judge said Tuesday he will dismiss the lawsuit by patients trying to force Grady Memorial Hospital to reopen its outpatient dialysis clinic, according to a lawyer in the case....

Group of NxStage(R) Home Hemodialysis Patients to Take Caribbean Cruise with the System One(TM) - December 29, 2009
NxStage Medical, Inc. (Nasdaq: NXTM), a leading manufacturer of innovative dialysis products, today announced that a group of its home hemodialysis patients and their partners will be embarking on a week-long, conventional (non-dialysis) Caribbean cruise with their NxStage® System One(TM) cyclers....

Plan for Kidney Drugs Spurs Division - December 29, 2009
A Congressional proposal to help pay for drugs needed by transplant recipients to prevent rejection of donated kidneys has run into opposition from dialysis providers, drug companies and the National Kidney Foundation. ...

Bypass Anemia Drugs in Chronic Kidney Disease, Expert Says - December 29, 2009
Anemia in most chronic kidney disease patients should be managed with iron supplements or blood transfusions, if anything, rather than erythrocyte-stimulating agents, a leading nephrologist has recommended....

Kidney waitlists often miss target - December 25, 2009
Three out of five dialysis clinics failed to meet a federal goal of having at least a quarter of their patients listed for a kidney transplant, according to data the Tribune-Review obtained....

LABORIE Announces Its Urodynamic Systems Integration with meridianEMR - December 18, 2009
LABORIE and meridianEMR announced today that they have successfully integrated their EMR and Urodynamic system for Urologists....

Another win for health-care whistleblower Ven-A-Care - December 12, 2009
A corporation that once owned a small Key West pharmacy earned $1.35 million this week as its share of a civil case lodged by the Florida Attorney General's Office....

Cross-Country Kidney-Donor Chain Involving Stanford and Four Other Hospitals, Cuts Wait Times for Transplant, Gives Local Couple a Reason to Celebrate - December 10, 2009
The chain involving the Sunnyvale couple was one of the most extensive uses to date of a relatively new and logistically complex type of kidney donation in which multiple pairs of living kidney donors and recipients are matched via computer algorithm with compatible recipients and donors. ...

Fresenius Medical Care Announces Management Board Changes - December 9, 2009
resenius Medical Care (NYSE: FMS) (FWB: FME), the world's largest provider of dialysis services and products, today announced a transition to a new management board structure, drawing entirely on internal management strength. ...

Many Dialysis Patients Get Wrong Blood Thinners for Angioplasty - December 9, 2009
Some docs not following FDA directive urging against use of Lovenox, Integrilin, study shows....

DaVita Named to FORTUNE's List of Top Companies for Leaders - December 9, 2009
The company has been recognized as the only health care services company on FORTUNE Magazine's 2009 list of Top Companies for Leaders. ...

Forum on Displaced Grady Dialysis Patients Held - December 9, 2009
About 75 patients, doctors, and advocates gathered Tuesday, December 01, 2009, to discuss the latest details regarding dozens of dialysis patients displaced from Grady Hospital and to look for potential long-term care options for them....

Bundling may lead to clinics closing, survey finds - December 9, 2009
Twenty-six percent of medical director and renal administrators who responded to a Harris Interactive poll about the impact of the proposed bundled payment for dialysis said they believe their center may have to close its doors if changes aren't made to the current proposal....

Year In Review: Surviving a recession and payment reform - December 9, 2009
Unless you are in the repo business, you've discovered that no industry is recession proof. Some analysts claimed early on that the health care sector was unable to be tarnished by a waning economy. But with declining stocks and massive layoffs, the renal community was hit hard in 2009-but they are surviving....

Home Dialysis Update: Advocates object to payment plan for home training - December 9, 2009
CMS's decision to pay for home training costs only within the first four months of dialysis care has home therapy advocates concerned about the future....

Health Reform Could Harm Medicaid Patients - December 9, 2009
Both the House and Senate health-care reform bills call for a large increase in Medicaid-about 18 million more people will begin enrolling in Medicaid under the House bill starting in 2013, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Actuary Richard Foster estimates....

Grady needs public support - December 7, 2009
Grady Memorial Hospital's decision to close its outpatient dialysis clinic has brought protesters to hospital board meetings, sparked a lawsuit, and generated headlines across the country....

Kidney patient touts portable system - December 3, 2009
Users spread word to those who don't know about dialysis treatment option....

Fear, frustration mounts for dialysis patients - December 3, 2009
Fear and frustration are mounting among patients who had received dialysis at Grady Memorial Hospital, and who have only a month left of care paid for by the hospital....

How CROWNWeb will validate and use patient data - December 3, 2009
In July 2009, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services began Phase 2 of the CROWNWeb project. In Phase 2, 180 End-Stage Renal Disease dialysis clinics began using CROWNWeb to collect patient and facility data....

State Approves Plans For Kidney Transplants At Advocate Christ Medical Center - December 3, 2009
Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Ill. has become the state's newest kidney transplant center and the first for Chicago's south and southwest suburbs, following formal approval of the hospital's plans today (December 1) by the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board....

Hospital Falters as Refuge for Illegal Immigrants - December 2, 2009
Each had crossed the border years before, smuggled across the desert by a coyote, never imagining the journey would lead to a drab and dusty clinic on the ninth floor of Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta....

Education program, bundled payments to improve care for kidney patients - December 2, 2009
For the first time, a program to educate the public about treatment options for dialysis patients will be paid for by the federal Medicare health insurance program for the elderly and disabled come Jan. 1....

Fresenius Medical Care Awards Long-Term Partner Transplace with Contract Renewal - December 2, 2009
The partnership continues Fresenius' use of the award-winning Transplace Transportation Management System (TMS) and its cutting-edge business intelligence analytics. ...

Nephros Reports 2009 Third Quarter Financial Results - December 2, 2009
Nephros, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: NEPH) announced today financial results for the three month period ended September 30, 2009....

CMS Town Hall testimony: Kidney Care Partners - December 2, 2009
KCP would like to comment on 3 areas in the proposed rule of particular concern because if implemented they will seriously harm patients. ...

Don't restrict live-saving remedies to save money - December 2, 2009
Dialysis was still in its infancy requiring equipment and trained personal, scarce at the time. The few patients who could be treated had to be selected by a dialysis board, composed of physicians, nurses, a social worker and a psychologist....

Nearly Half of Dialysis Clinics Do Not Specify Hemoglobin Range - December 2, 2009
Only 56 percent of Medicare-certified dialysis clinics have anemia drug administration protocols in place that explicitly state a target hemoglobin range for patients, according to a recent government review of dialysis facilities....

New rules change who gets donated kidneys - November 29, 2009
Five years ago, the federal government ordered UNOS, the agency that sets policy for organ donation, to find a way to end the mismatch and get more life out of these precious donations....

Getting new kidney may be better option than being on dialysis - November 29, 2009
The high national cost of dialysis - for taxpayers, insurers and patients - has become a hot-button issue as lawmakers debate ways to improve the nation's health care system, amid questions about whether patients receive adequate access to alternatives such as kidney transplantation....

Fresenius buys Nashville EHR business - November 29, 2009
The North American subsidiary of renal care giant Fresenius Medical Care has acquired Nashville-based Health IT Services Group....

New Data Shows Kidney Disease Rising Due to Rampant Rates of Diabetes - November 28, 2009
In late September, the U.S. Renal Data System published its 2009 Annual Data report, which shows the incidence of chronic kidney disease in the U.S. Medicare population is now 9.8%, up from 8.7% reported in last year's data analysis....

Renal Physicians Association offers analysis of 2010 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule - November 27, 2009
Nephrology Reimbursements Overall for 2010 to Increase 1% RVUs for Adult MCP Codes, Inpatient Dialysis Increased Slightly Cuts for Interventional Services Less than Originally Proposed Pricing for CKD Education Increased Significantly Consults Removed from Fee Schedule....

Fresenius Medical Care North America Acquires Health IT Services Group, Acumen nEHR - November 27, 2009
resenius Medical Care North America, operator of the nation's leading network of dialysis facilities, today announced it has purchased Nashville-based Health IT Services Group (HITSG) and its portfolio of products including Acumen nEHR, a nephrology-specific electronic health record. ...

Lawsuit alleges Medicare fraud - November 27, 2009
A chain of clinics and a kidney specialist defrauded Medicare by having unlicensed employees pose as doctors for dialysis treatments, according to a whistleblower lawsuit that moved closer to trial Wednesday. ...

Affiliated Dialysis Centers Expands Its Nursing Home Dialysis Program in Chicago - November 25, 2009
When the purchase of the 14 locations serving nearly 200 patients are fully integrated into its existing nursing home dialysis program, ADC will become the premier provider of nursing home dialysis in Illinois. The purchase closed on November 1, 2009. Other terms have not been disclosed. ...

Surprise for organ donors: unexpected medical bills - November 20, 2009
Austin man who gave kidney to co-worker is one of many who have faced health complications, billing problems....

Technology improves dialysis patient outcomes - November 3, 2009
The real-time reporting engine in Disease Manager Plus helps doctors manage care for patients with chronic illnesses. ...

Amgen sued by California and 14 other states over anemia drug - November 3, 2009
The suit alleges that the Thousand Oaks biotech firm offered medical providers kickbacks to boost sales of Aranesp, leading to fraudulent claims for reimbursement from Medicaid and other insurers....

Many find essential kidney drugs too expensive - November 1, 2009
But the rules are different when it comes to paying for the medications to keep the new kidneys from failing. ...

Dialysis care battle is getting heated - November 1, 2009
Dialysis giant DaVita Inc. has raised the stakes in a bad-blooded competition over chronically ill kidney patients, luring a prominent out-of-town doctor to start a practice in Colorado Springs and oversee one of its centers....

Risks call dialysis into question for nursing home patients - October 31, 2009
Some observers have questioned whether dialysis, which typically is performed three days a week for three or four hours at a time, is the best option for such patients....

Calculate benefit before dialysis for frail elders - October 31, 2009
Kidney specialists should weigh the potential quality of life for frail elders with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) in opting for dialysis over more conservative therapies, a nephrologist and a palliative care specialist suggest in an editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine....

Why Not Meals During Dialysis? - October 31, 2009
Overnutrition is a major problem in the general population and a serious risk for metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease, and death. In dialysis patients, however, protein-energy malnutrition and wasting are by far the stronger risk factors for death....

Transplant bottleneck - October 23, 2009
Surgeons at Erlanger hospital's Kidney Transplant Center performed 37 transplants in 2004, giving new organs to patients who almost certainly would have died without them....

Optimal Use of the Electronic Medical Record in CKD - October 23, 2009
The electronic medical record (EMR) has enabled creation of a CKD registry, a database that contains demographic information, clinical parameters, and outcome measurements of more than 41,000 CKD patients who have received medical care within the Cleveland Clinic Health System since January 2005....

Commissioner Orders Insurers to Use Current Medicare Rates - October 21, 2009
Insurance Commissioner McCarty Orders Insurers to Use Current Medicare Rates to Comply with Recent Legislation....

US has no good system to track medical implants - October 15, 2009
Experts say such deaths are the result of a major weakness in the nation's system for recalling thousands of medical devices routinely implanted in people's bodies, ranging from screws and plates to artificial knees and hips....

Memphis Hospital Shares Lifesaving Protocol with Medical Facilities Across the Country - October 11, 2009
More than 4,000 lives have potentially been saved at Methodist North Hospital (MNH) in Memphis, thanks to the hospital's electronic medical record software....

Private insurers keep dialysis clinics humming - October 9, 2009
Fresenius Medical Care, the world's largest dialysis provider, made more than $800 million last year - even though it reported losing money on those patients who receive federal Medicare benefits....

Experts: Crucial to get on waiting list as soon as possible - October 9, 2009
Even though he was diagnosed with kidney disease five years ago, it wasn't until two months ago that Cannon completed the required evaluation to be listed....

Many on debilitating dialysis not told about transplantation option - October 9, 2009
The failure of doctors at dialysis clinics to inform thousands of patients about kidney transplantation may be shortening lives and costing taxpayers millions of dollars a year....

HealthTec Software, Inc. – The Leading Consigner Of The Highly Regarded Electronic Medical Records - October 9, 2009
HealthTec software, Inc. is the leading consigner of the highly regarded electronic medical records and full range of medical practice solutions software....

Kidney Transplant at 84, Chicago Artist Proves New Start Possible at Any Age - October 5, 2009
As recent as five or seven years ago, Guano's prospects for receiving a kidney transplant would have been incredibly limited. However, following his referral to the experienced transplant team of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, he can now claim the title of being the hospital's oldest kidney recipient....

Dialysis Management Services Throughout New York - October 4, 2009
With a long history of providing nephrologists and dialysis centers the methods and means to offer superior care to patients with chronic kidney disease in New York, Atlantic Dialysis Management Services (ADMS) ensures that patients are cared for by a staff that is qualified and sensitive to their needs and by a company that has achieved respect and recognition. ...

U.S. vs. Canada: Doctors Give Their View - October 1, 2009
President Obama's initiative to reform the American health care system has stirred vigorous debate about the best way to accomplish the objectives of reining in costs and expanding coverage to the uninsured and underinsured. Some individuals believe the country should emulate Canada and adopt some type of single-payer system of universal coverage....

pMDsoft Announces Interfaces with Additional EMR, EHR, Practice Management, Hospital and Billing Systems - September 30, 2009
pMDsoft, Inc. today announced the completion of over a dozen more HL7 interfaces with some of the most recognized and popular software systems in the medical industry. pMDsoft's industry-leading interface engine has allowed it to integrate seamlessly with its customers' existing software infrastructure, eliminating data entry and increasing the accuracy of their claims....

Young Mother Dies After Missing Dialysis Treatment - September 20, 2009
Dr. H, 52, had been a nephrologist for more than 20 years. He shared a practice with several other physicians and had a steady flow of patients, many of whom came regularly for dialysis treatments....

How and When to Assign V Codes
There are different guidelines for inpatient vs. outpatient coding
- September 19, 2009
V codes identify circumstances for encounter related to circumstances other than a disease or injury and are also used to report problems or factors that may influence present or future care. Appropriate V code assignment is extremely important in terms of reporting, medical necessity and avoiding inaccurate denials....

DIY dialysis: Home treatment returns kidney disease patients to active lives - September 17, 2009
The NxStage System One, a product from a Massachusetts-based firm that received Food and Drug Administration approval four years ago, is part of a new wave of technological advances benefiting victims of end-stage renal disease....

Dialysis treatment in USA: High costs, high death rates - September 17, 2009
Although the USA spends more per dialysis patient than other countries, that does not result in higher survival rates or even, many argue, a better quality of life....

Laboratory Testing in ESRD Bundling - September 12, 2009
The Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA) of 2008 requires the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to develop and begin implementation of a bundled payment system for patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) by 2011....

Discussing Experiences, Treatments May Help Chronic Pelvic Pain - September 12, 2009
It is a pain that many people will never tell you they have. And, if not treated it can lead to a life of suffering and countless doctor and therapist visits....

Covenant to halt kidney transplant program
Patients to be transferred to other Lubbock facility
- September 9, 2009
The provider of more than half of all kidney transplants in the Texas Panhandle and South Plains will soon be sending its patients elsewhere....

Covenant: No more kidney transplants - September 8, 2009
The provider of more than half of all local kidney transplants will soon be sending its patients elsewhere. The Covenant Health System will discontinue its renal transplant program in mid-August....

Diabetes Patients May Have Wrong Idea About Taking Insulin: Should be Front-Line Defense - September 8, 2009
Common fears of weight gain, developing low blood-sugar, decline in quality of life are largely unfounded, researchers find....

Group Of Alabama Physicians Opposes Government-Run Health Care - August 22, 2009
Around 43,000 doctors in several states are standing against President Barack Obama's government-run health care plan. Several hundred of those physicians are in North Alabama....

Memorial Hermann Urology, Kidney Disease and Rehabilitation Programs Named Among Nation's Best by U.S. News & World Report - August 13, 2009
Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center and TIRR Memorial Hermann have earned distinction as two of the nation's top hospitals in U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Hospitals" issue....

Kaiser Permanente Project Proves Electronic Health Information and Care Coordination Improves Chronic Disease Management - July 21, 2009
Specialty care physicians can improve the health of high-risk patients by reviewing electronic health records and proactively providing e-consultations and treatment plan recommendations with primary care physicians, according to a Kaiser Permanente paper published online in the British Medical Journal. ...

Polycystic Kidney Disease Onset Delayed With Healthy Lifestyle - July 17, 2009
The disease comes in two forms: autosomal recessive, a rare disorder that often causes death in the first month of life; and autosomal dominant, one of the most common life-threatening genetic diseases....

Texas Health Fort Worth hospital is working on couple's billing problem - July 16, 2009
For much of the past year, though, the Ledfords have tried to explain to hospital billing administrators and then a collection agency that the hospital messed up the bill for Eric's ER stay. But nobody would listen....

A David vs. Goliath battle emerges in the fight for dialysis dollars - July 7, 2009
For an idealistic young physician, it was a harsh introduction to the high-stakes world of Wall Street. For DaVita Inc., the multi-billion-dollar corporation behind the suit, it seems to be business as usual....

Medical Insurance Documents Shed Light on Kidney Transplant Patients' Health - July 4, 2009
Billing claims from health insurance companies can provide insights on the long-term health of kidney transplant patients, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society Nephrology (CJASN). The findings indicate that valuable health information can be obtained by analyzing medical insurers' reimbursement documents, a process that is much simpler and cheaper than many other forms of clinical investigation....

Physiatrists oppose eliminating Medicare PT referral - July 3, 2009
The physicians say the legislation in the House and Senate could hurt patients. Physical therapists back the proposed law....

Office manager faces theft charges - June 30, 2009
The lack of a checks-and-balances bookkeeping system allowed a Medford office manager allegedly to embezzle $250,000 of her employer's money, police said....

W. Texas renal center lacking
Risk to patients called life-threatening; corrective steps taken
- June 30, 2009
The West Texas Renal Care Center in San Angelo is under state and federal corrective action plans after an investigation confirmed that dialysis patients at the center faced treatment risks that are "serious or life-threatening."...

Projected impact of the proposed 'bundled' ESRD payment system on a small dialysis organization - June 27, 2009
Payment for outpatient hemodialysis services is currently made by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on a per-treatment basis using a partially "bundled" composite rate adjusted for geographic and patient characteristics, plus a separately billable portion for medications and services not included in the bundle. In response to concerns over rising costs of the End-Stage Renal Disease Program, and specifically the increasing use of erythropoiesis-stimulating agents, Congress has mandated a new, more inclusive prospective payment system, in which current composite rate services, separately billable medications, and dialysis-related laboratory services will be included in a single payment....

Gov. Corzine's proposed budget cuts to Medicaid threatens adult day care centers - June 26, 2009
In an effort close a multibillion-dollar budget gap, the Corzine administration has proposed reducing the daily reimbursement rate for adult medical day care facilities by 19 percent, from $86 to $70....

Matawan NJ Chiropractor Offers Back Pain Relief with Decompression Therapy - June 26, 2009
The Lordex Spine System is a revolutionary, non-invasive, non-surgical procedure developed as a solution to the common causes of mechanical spinal pathology including herniated disc, degenerative disc disease, facet syndrome, sciatica, stenosis, and other conditions....

Tacoma's deal for DaVita will include neighborhood facelift - June 24, 2009
DaVita, which operates a network of 1,400 kidney treatment centers nationwide, last week announced it will sign a new lease on the former Schoenfeld Furniture Store at South 15th Street and Pacific Avenue, and lease three floors of the nearby Columbia Bank Building to house its accounting and billing staff....

Kidney patients face travel delays - June 22, 2009
People needing kidney dialysis are waiting "unacceptable" lengths of time for transport to take them to hospital, a survey has found....

New Study Suggests Peritoneal Dialysis May Offer Significant Savings to Medicare - June 16, 2009
The paper details the use of in-home versus in-center dialysis, including the patterns of dialysis utilization and the results of a budget-impact analysis that indicate if the peritoneal dialysis (PD) share of total dialysis were to increase to 15%, Medicare could yield over one billion dollars in savings over five years....

Davita Inc. Reports Operating Results (10-Q) - June 15, 2009
Davita Inc. (DVA) filed Quarterly Report for the period ended 2009-03-31....

DaVita Announces Completion of Government Investigation - June 15, 2009
DaVita Inc. (NYSE: DVA) announced that the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York has informed the company that it has completed its investigation without taking any action against the company. ...

End Stage Renal Dialysis Services Strategies for Increasing Revenue and Efficeincies - March 31, 2009
Over 400,000 Americans suffer from kidney failure (End Stage Renal Disease, or ESRD) and require either kidney dialysis or a transplant to live. Since 1973, when Congress approved legislation for the Medicare ESRD program, the number of hospitals and clinics offering dialysis treatments increased substantially to accommodate the only federal program that finances a disease specific service for Americans on virtually a universal basis....

Patients Seeking Alternatives to the Long Waiting List - March 29, 2009
The need for deceased donor organs for kidney transplantation in the United States continues to increase. The increasing demand has fueled desperate attempts by patients to circumvent the long waiting list of the United Network for Organ Sharing....

New Hope On Organ Donation? Or False Hope for Americans with Chronic Kidney Disease - March 29, 2009
Senator Specter (R-PA) has entered the arena of the payment for organ donation controversy with the Organ Donation Clarification Act of 2008 that if passed will eliminate some of the prohibitions against financial incentives for organ donation established in the The National Organ Transplant Act of 1984....

DOH Shuts Down Manhattan Dialysis Center - March 29, 2009
A Manhattan dialysis center has closed its doors after a New York State Department of Health investigation uncovered poor infection control practices and indicated that at least one patient has contracted hepatitis C after undergoing dialysis there. ...

Nephros Receives Non-Compliance Notification from AMEX - March 29, 2009
Nephros, Inc. (Amex: NEP) today announced that the Company has received notice from the staff of the American Stock Exchange (AMEX) indicating that the Company is not in compliance with certain conditions of the continued listing standards of Section 1003 of the AMEX Company Guide....

Nephros Appoints James S. Scibetta as Chairman of Board of Directors - March 29, 2009
Nephros, Inc. (Amex: NEP), a medical device company focused on developing advanced filtration products for ESRD therapy and water purification, announced today that Mr. James S. Scibetta was appointed to serve as Chairman of its Board of Directors....

RSN and NRAA to Launch Sponsorship and Marketing Collaboration at Fall Conference in Cleveland - March 29, 2009
Getting the word out about The Renal Support Network's (RSN) HOPEline call-in support program will become easier this month when RSN launches a two-year sponsorship/marketing collaboration with the National Renal Administrators Association (NRAA). ...

Depressed dialysis patients more likely to be hospitalized or die, UT Southwestern researcher finds - March 29, 2009
Dialysis patients diagnosed with depression are nearly twice as likely to be hospitalized or die within a year than those who are not depressed, a UT Southwestern Medical Center researcher has found. ...

MedPAC discusses ESRD, Medicare reform
Commissioners voice concerns over bundling, pay-for-performance and payment
- March 29, 2009
On Sept. 4, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission met to discuss the implications of the latest round of Medicare reforms that were passed through the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008....

Fresenius Medical Care Opens New/Relocates Facility in New Jersey - March 29, 2009
Fresenius Medical Care North America, operator of the nation's leading network of dialysis clinics, today announced the opening of Fresenius Medical Care Atlantic City Dialysis, a new advanced dialysis treatment center....

New Solution For Malnourished Dialysis Patients - March 29, 2009
The number of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) patients requiring hemodialysis, considered Stage 5 CKD, is growing every year in spite of medical advances. This growth is fueled by the aging baby boomer population and the diabetes epidemic in the United States....

Renal Physicians Association and Forum of ESRD Networks Launch Keeping Kidney Patient Safe Web Site - March 26, 2009
The Renal Physicians Association (RPA), in partnership with the Forum of End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Networks, today launched Keeping Kidney Patients Safe (), a web site designed to serve as a resource for nephrology professionals to improve patient safety and assist them in meeting the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) ESRD Facility Conditions for Coverage....

Integrated Nephrology Network to Offer CallDoc24(TM) to 2,000+ Physicians - March 26, 2009
Call24 Technologies, Inc. announced today that Integrated Nephrology Network (INN), a part of AmerisourceBergen Corp., one of the world's largest pharmaceutical services companies, will offer the CallDoc24 Automated Answering Service to its 2,000+ members....

Novel Diagnostic Marker for Acute Kidney Injury Previewed at Abbott-Sponsored Scientific Workshop - March 26, 2009
Data Presented at American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) Meeting Show Urine NGAL Can Potentially Save Lives by Enabling Faster Detection of Acute Kidney Injury ...

BioTrends Releases Quarterly TreatmentTrends(TM): Nephrology Report Highlighting Market Trends for Renal Anemia, Hyperphosphatemia, and Secondary Hype - March 26, 2009
BioTrends Research Group, Inc. released its 10th quarterly Nephrology TreatmentTrends(TM) publication, a syndicated report offering comprehensive insight into the management of renal anemia and bone and mineral metabolism in Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and Dialysis. The report provides information from 182 US Nephrologists -- data were collected through an online survey fielded in June 2008. ...

Kidney Community Applauds Senate for Passage of End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Improvements - March 19, 2009
In response to the passage of the Medicare bill (H.R. 6331) yesterday, Kidney Care Partners (KCP) -- an alliance of patient advocates, dialysis professionals, care providers and manufacturers working together to improve quality of care for individuals with kidney disease and kidney failure -- applauded the United States Senate for inclusion of vital End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) provisions which recognize the importance of much needed reform surrounding the ESRD program for the hundreds of thousands of Americans suffering from kidney failure....

Time to cure what ails Medicare - March 19, 2009
Medicare currently serves as the secondary payer for a patient undergoing dialysis for end stage renal disease for the first 30 months of treatment, during which the beneficiary's own private insurance plan provides primary payment. Patients are forced to switch to Medicare as their primary payer after 30 months of treatment - regardless of their age or preferences....

Kidney Disease Marginally Linked to Poor Drug Use After MI - March 19, 2009
Chronic kidney disease patients who have a heart attack, and particularly dialysis patients, wind up underusing cardiovascular medications, a study found....

HealthGrades, Fresenius team up for nephrologist-quality reports for patients - March 19, 2009
Fresenius Medical Care North America and HealthGrades.com have inked a deal that will provide patients free access to physician-quality reports....

Nephros Completes Pivotal U.S. Clinical Trial for its Hemodiafiltration Products - March 19, 2009
Nephros, Inc. (Amex: NEP), a medical device company, announced today that it has completed the pivotal U.S. clinical trial for its OLpur(TM) H2H module and OLpur(TM) MD220 filter for End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) therapy....

RMCH sells its dialysis operation - March 19, 2009
For more than 20 years, residents of this area relied on the doctors at Rehoboth McKinley Christian Hospital to provide dialysis care....

Missouri court denies Fresenius appeal in Epogen billing investigation - March 19, 2009
A Missouri federal court denied Fresenius' appeal to drop or modify a subpoena regarding an investigation into the dialysis provider's Epogen billing practices toMedicare, according to a May 16 court filing....

Lufkin Dialysis probe takes a new twist - March 19, 2009
Zavilla resident Walter Metcalf is blaming Heparin - for the death of his wife - Thelma. The very drug that has recently made worldwide news....

Australia: $50,000 for a kidney? Doctor's proposal highlights desperate health, social crisis - March 18, 2009
An Australian doctor provoked a public outcry last week with a proposal that healthy young people be offered $50,000 for one of their kidneys. Dr Gavin Carney, a nephrologist at Canberra Hospital, said cash payment for organs was needed to address an urgent shortage of donors....

Nephros Reports 2008 First Quarter Financial Results - March 18, 2009
Nephros, Inc. (Amex: NEP) announced today financial results for the three month period ended March 31, 2008....

Nephros Exhibits at the XLV ERA-EDTA Congress in Stockholm, Sweden, May 10-13, 2008 - March 18, 2009
Company Management to discuss the benefits of Hemodiafiltration therapy and Quality of Life for End-Stage Renal Disease Patients NEW YORK, May 13...

CMS Issues Historic Star Quality Rating System for Nursing Homes - January 13, 2009
For the first time in history, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today released quality ratings for each of the nation's 15,800 nursing homes that participate in Medicare or Medicaid....

East Moline nursing home sued for negligence - December 20, 2008
An East Moline nursing home is facing a lawsuit from a widow who is accusing the facility of negligence that led to her husband's death....

More Than $1 Billion Recovered by Justice Department in Fraud and False Claims in Fiscal Year 2008 - December 5, 2008
The United States secured $1.34 billion in settlements and judgments in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2008, pursuing allegations of fraud against the federal government, the Justice Department announced today....

Centre Partners Announces Investment in Covenant Care LLC - August 14, 2008
Centre Partners, a leading middle market private equity firm with offices in New York and Los Angeles, today announced it has completed its investment in Covenant Care LLC. The investment was concluded in partnership with Covenant Care's senior management team who will retain a significant stake in the business and continue in the same executive capacities with the company. ...

Yuma Rehab Hospital awarded Excellency recognition - June 11, 2008
"Meeting the criteria to become a Stroke Center of Excellence means we have achieved something that highlights the accomplishments of what we do here at the hospital, and notes we exceed what the established benchmarks are for a rehab hospital," said Ellen Hamilton, marketing director for the rehab center....

MedAptus' Facility Charge Capture Solution Deployed at Lahey Clinic Medical Center - January 4, 2008
BOSTON, June 21 /PRNewswire/ -- MedAptus(R) today announced that the newest offering in its suite of revenue cycle solutions, Facility Charge Capture, is now live and in the process of enterprise-wide deployment at the world-class Lahey Clinic Medical Center....

Outsourcing is 'In' - January 4, 2008
A couple of months back, Wockhardt Hospital, Mumbai took the strategic decision to outsource its payroll activity to Mafoi, a leader in handling HR solutions for a range of industries. The key decision has saved manpower and time for the Hospital as the central HR team at Bangalore can collate the data and send it for further processing to the vendor company (Mafoi). The result is that the HR team is able to concentrate on other important aspects....

Qui Tam/Whistleblower Case Histories In The Healthcare Industry - December 29, 2007
Here are some examples of recent Qui Tam cases from all over the United States. Approximately one of every three dollars recovered through false claims cases relate to healthcare fraud....