Here’s a roundup of nephrology news over the past couple weeks. Click on the headlines to browse the articles. Or, if you’ve discovered other newsworthy items that may be of interest to our team or your nephrologist peers, we invite you to please share news links in the comments.
As more doctors’ offices give patients electronic access to their medical records, both patients and their physicians are asking: Exactly how much of your medical record should you get to see?
Olympic hopeful Quentin Butler freely acknowledges he’s terrified to take his first trip down the ice on the Mount Van Hoevenberg sliding track in the Adirondacks this fall. Then again, he’s been through scarier stuff.
Not many kidney patients know that back in the 1970’s when Medicare first began paying for dialysis treatment for Medicare beneficiaries that Medicare also set up oversight groups the ESRD (end-stage renal disease) networks, to make sure that dialysis treatments were of good quality. Currently, there are 18 regions across the United States served by ESRD networks in which patients can get involved.
Researchers have engineered peptide nanoparticles to outsmart the biological system and target the kidney cells. The innovation may prove critical to addressing chronic kidney disease.
Apart from increasing the risk of respiratory problems and other life-threatening conditions, a recent study has found that air pollution may also be a threat to your kidneys.
A long-anticipated set of rules on how dialysis providers can provide treatments to patients living in skilled nursing facilities and nursing homes was released by CMS on Aug. 10 as part of an update to guidelines used by Medicare surveyors to inspect dialysis facilities.
A coalition of diverse interest groups—payers, unions, and business groups—wrote Senate leaders Monday to express their opposition to the inclusion of “pay for” legislation regarding end-stage renal disease (ESRD) in an opioid bill passed in June by the House of Representatives.
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