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.
CDC data estimate that more than 20 million people in the United States have chronic kidney disease with varying levels of seriousness.
Implantable cardioverter defibrillators and cardiac resynchronization therapy may be associated with increased survival in patients with chronic kidney disease, researchers reported at the Heart Rhythm Society Annual Scientific Sessions.
In early 2017, a federal Judge blocked a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) interim final rule regarding premium assistance for end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients.
The federal CMS seems to be “all in” on alternate payment models (APMs). In total, more than 12.3 million Medicare and/or Medicaid beneficiaries in 2017 will be served by a clinical professional participating in an APM.
Only one third of patients who develop hospital-acquired acute kidney injury (HA-AKI) have medical records that include the diagnostic code for AKI, a new study showed.
A letter signed by 184 members of Congress asking the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary to require insurance companies to accept charitable premium assistance would help dialysis providers regain their footing with patients enrolled in commercial health plans.
Arguing that for-profit dialysis clinics put profits over patients, Service Employees International United Healthcare Workers West, some patients, and nurses helped pass legislation through the Senate on Wednesday that would set a fixed ratio for the number of nurses per patient.
The Senate has passed legislation that would increase regulations for chronic dialysis clinics.
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