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4 Communication Skills All Physician Leaders Should Have

Posted by Anna Mueller, MS on Aug 7, 2019

As a physician leader, you play a significant role in a healthcare organization’s culture and success. You’re responsible for maintaining healthy relationships with your staff, peers and the patients you serve.

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Chronic Kidney Disease: A 21st Century Medical Challenge

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Aug 5, 2019

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is is a major 21st century medical challenge. More than 650,000 patients per year in the United States and an estimated 2 million patients worldwide are affected by end stage renal disease (ESRD). These patients will require renal replacement therapy to survive. The rapid rise of common risk factors such as diabetes, hypertension and obesity, especially among the poor in developing nations, will result in even greater and additional burdens on medical communities.

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Kidney Care News to Know

Posted by Deborah Brouwer-Maier RN, CNN on Jul 31, 2019

Outset Medical Appoints New Chief Financial Officer

Rebecca Chambers is the company’s new CFO. Prior to joining Outset Medical, Chambers worked at Illumina Inc.

Source: Nephrology News & Issues

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Healthcare Cybersecurity in 2019: What You Need to Know

Posted by Tim Callahan on Jul 29, 2019

Evolving healthcare technology offers plenty of advantages for healthcare professionals and enhances the quality of care they provide. But there’s a dark side to implementing advanced tech in hospitals and private practices.

Cybercrime is on the rise, and all the information we collect and store makes the healthcare industry a prime target for data-hungry hackers. In fact, 34 percent of the ransomware attacks in 2017 impacted healthcare organizations, according to a report by Cylance.

Luckily, there are a few ways you can help strengthen your defense. Here’s what you need to know about healthcare cybersecurity.

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15 Symptoms of Kidney Failure

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Jul 24, 2019

Excerpted from Emily Lockhart
Sunday, March 25th, 2018 

The gradual progression from unhealthy kidneys to chronic kidney disease (CKD) and finally to kidney failure is often very subtle with very few symptoms in the early stages. Fifteen of the most common signs of kidney failure include: 

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What to Know About International Locum Tenens

Posted by Tim Callahan on Jul 22, 2019

As a physician, jetting off on lengthy trips abroad to immerse yourself in new cultures can seem a far-fetched dream — something only available to those with careers that allow them to work remotely. After all, in this occupation, taking extended vacations can be tricky.

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Know Your Care: Kidney Care UK

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Jul 17, 2019

Kidney Care UK is the United Kingdom’s leading kidney patient support association, providing practical, financial and emotional support for renal patients and their families. It campaigns to improve care services across the United Kingdom. 

For more than 40 years, the association has been working to improve the quality of life for kidney patients and their families. It works tirelessly to improve renal care policy and practice in order to improve patient lives. It gives renal patients a strong and influential voice at the highest level.

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Topics: Hospital Administration, Hemodialysis

5 Interesting Stats on Physician Salary

Posted by Anna Mueller, MS on Jul 15, 2019

Nearly 20,000 physicians across 30 specialties reported their earnings and opinions about their careers to Medscape for its 2019 Physician Salary Report. Specialists spend about 40 hours per week seeing patients, and according to Medscape, significantly more time on paperwork and administrative tasks than in the past.

Despite the fact they’re faced with increased administrative tasks and paperwork, 90 percent report feeling satisfied with their jobs, with the majority saying the ability to make a difference, find answers and build relationships with patients are the most rewarding.

Here is a look at five interesting stats on physician salary and job satisfaction.

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Home Hemodialysis: A Brief History

Posted by Deborah Brouwer-Maier RN, CNN on Jul 10, 2019

In the early 1960s, the demand for dialysis outweighed its availability, which meant many patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) or chronic kidney disease were turned away from treatment.

After the 15-year-old daughter of a friend of Les Babb’s was denied dialysis treatment, Babb, a professor of nuclear engineering at the University of Washington and Belding Schriber set to work developing a small home dialysis system. A few months later in London, Stanley Shaldon began using a similar machine to treat dialysis patients at home.

Since there was no government funding to pay for treatment in the ’60s, home hemodialysis became an affordable treatment option for patients.

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Where You Live Can Influence Your Choice for a Vascular Access

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Jul 8, 2019

Historically, there have been significant differences in the choice of a vascular access between Europe, Canada, and the United States. The Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study (DOPPS) studied international practice patterns which revealed large variations in vascular access practiceamong different countries.

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