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Sensing Savvy

How to Attract Potential Patients with Social Media

Posted by Tim Callahan on May 21, 2018 6:44:00 AM

Social media is often thought of as a means to connect with family and friends. But many physicians and surgeons are now recognizing the value of social networks in attracting new patients.

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Kidney Care News to Know

Posted by Deborah Brouwer-Maier RN, CNN on May 16, 2018 6:43:00 AM

DaVita’s Net Q4 Net Income Increased

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Hemodialysis Patient Story: How Vascular Access Surveillance Technology Helps

Posted by Deborah Brouwer-Maier RN, CNN on May 14, 2018 6:58:00 AM

Most hemodialysis patients aren’t like Lori Clark. While most patients take the usual steps to stay healthy and attend their hemodialysis appointments, Lori goes a step further — she investigates and experiments based on what she learns at her dialysis sessions.

While that might seem odd, doing so has helped her take better care of her vascular access. She couldn’t do it, however, without the help of Transonic’s HD03 monitor, which her clinic uses to monitor its patients’ vascular access flow.

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How to Prepare for a Locum Tenens Physician to Join your Staff

Posted by Tim Callahan on May 9, 2018 7:04:00 AM

Since 2012, the use of locum tenens physicians for physician staffing has gone up 20%. Locum tenens can help your hospital retain existing patients and acclimate new patients while maintaining revenue. They’ve also become a viable solution to the problem of surgeon burnout.

There are risks. While other traveling personnel like nurses or allied healthcare providers have the luxury of longer contracts, locums often don’t have much time to get adjusted. If trained incorrectly, a locum tenens physician can actually cost your hospital money, sometimes to the tune of $2,000 a day. Today we’ll look at 8 ways to prepare for a locum tenens physician, and how to get them up-to-date quickly.

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Doctor Complaints: What's Behind Them?

Posted by Roger DeLong, CP, PE, MBA on May 7, 2018 6:55:00 AM

Doctor complaints are a predictable yet stressful part of being a medical professional. The causational factors of complaints are mostly ones that physicians can proactively control, like their level of friendliness and courtesy, or the ability to be professional and empathetic. But according to a study recently released in JAMA Ophthalmology, an uncontrollable determinant, physician age, has emerged as a significant contributor to unsolicited patient complaints.

The good news is that if you’re an older physician, you have a much less likely chance of having your patient file a complaint against you. Researchers from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee reviewed 1,392 doctors and found that increased physician age correlated to a decreased number of patient complaints. The median age for a participating physician was 47, with 9% of physicians over the age of 71. Those over 70 had the least amount of complaints, as well as a longer mean time before patients filed a complaint. On the flip side, another study found that having an older physician is associated with a higher patient mortality rate.

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Do You Know Where Your Tax Dollars Go?

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on May 4, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Most of us have recently filled out and paid our income taxes. The average income tax payment is about $10,000. But did you know that Medicaid and Medicare combined are one of the top expenditures from that average $10,000 we pay in tax dollars?

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How Empowering Dialysis Patients can Improve Patient Experience

Posted by Deborah Brouwer-Maier RN, CNN on May 2, 2018 7:00:00 AM

You may think that improving treatment for your dialysis patients is solely your responsibility — but the patient experience is a two-way street. And in a field where nurse burnout is a high risk and bloodstream infections are the leading cause of patient hospitalization, it pays to take a closer look at how your dialysis patients can become more empowered to manage their healthcare.


The first step to opening up the road is changing the way you see your patients. Kidney patient advocate David Rosenbloom challenges the assumption that dialysis patients are all victims receiving end-of-life care:

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How to Improve Doctor Patient Communication: 4 Tips

Posted by Tim Callahan on Apr 30, 2018 6:11:00 AM

Doctor patient communication is one of the most important parts of clinical practice, and also one of the most misunderstood. As the U.S. National Institutes of Health notes, providers in various fields — from the emergency room to surgery clinics — struggle with finding the best ways to effectively communicate with patients.

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NANT Clarifies Nephrology Technician Terminology

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Apr 27, 2018 8:00:00 AM

The Board of Directors at the National Association of Nephrology Technicians/Technologists (NANT) is seeking to better define the roles of nephrology technicians and technologists in contributing to the care of chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients. In line with these efforts, they have appealed to the 

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to change the current umbrella terminology "Patient Care Technicians" (PCTs) to "Nephrology Clinical Technicians" (NCTs) for those technicians that deal directly with patients, and "Nephrology Biomedical Technologists" (NBTs) for technologists that work with dialysis equipment.

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The Value of Management Training for Physicians

Posted by Tim Callahan on Apr 25, 2018 5:50:00 AM

When physicians graduate medical school, they are highly skilled in handling intricate clinical scenarios. But what they are often not taught are the management skills, especially those focused on communication, collaboration and leadership skills that can help them carve out career paths as leaders or to run their own businesses.

To develop these skills, many organizations have embraced dyad models— an approach where senior physicians are paired with business executives to run a unit or region. While designed to prepare doctors for leadership roles, this technique doesn’t dig deep enough into the business operations to get them fully ready for that next step.

Effective management training requires a more organized approach. Leadership and management topics should be a core part of the medical school curriculum, with continued education opportunities available in the workplace.

While this has always been beneficial to physicians, the need for greater management training is clearer than ever before.

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