Here’s a roundup of nephrology and health IT 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.
A study in Health Affairs finds that strategies for managing how in-basket messages are generated and presented could improve the job satisfaction of frontline clinical staff.
CMS recently said it will only use mandatory payment models when the agency feels it cannot get enough participation or have an adverse selection for voluntary models, according to a Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation staffer. The remarks from deputy director Amy Bossano during the National Association of ACOs spring conference in Baltimore came a day after CMS Administrator Seema Verma hinted that some upcoming models will be mandatory.
Apple has announced that it will allow any US healthcare organization with a compatible electronic health record (EHR) to register with its mobile Health Records feature. This will allow patients to securely and privately download their EHR data to a personal health record (PHR) on their iPhone after presenting their credentials to a practice’s or a hospital’s patient portal.
Think of any product you would buy or service you would request from a vendor and being told it can be done with an “adequate” result. You agree to that level of quality and sign the agreement. That has been the standard goal set forth and the basis for scientific formulas and payer definitions for many years when describing treatment for ESKD.
South Korean adults with chronic kidney disease are more likely to progress to end-stage renal disease if they have type 1 diabetes vs. type 2 diabetes, and the presence of metabolic syndrome further increases the odds, according to findings published in Diabetes/Metabolism Research and Reviews.
Thanks to a private Facebook group, Sandi Brandt who has focal segmental glomeruloscleros (FSGS), a disease that left her kidneys with 38 percent functionality, was able to reconnect with an old childhood friend who would end up being a kidney donor.
Stevie Wonder has announced he will be taking a break from performing to undergo a kidney transplant. The surgery will take place in September, and the singer has confirmed he has a donor.
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