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Non-Profit Mended Hearts Offers Support to Heart Disease Patients

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Feb 21, 2020

In recognition of February as American Heart Awareness month, Transonic is pleased to share this blog heart blog along with an offer for a free Transonic Flowprobe. To learn more about the offer, click here.

Mended Hearts (www.mendedhearts.org) is a national and community-based non-profit organization that has been offering the gift of hope to heart disease patients, their families and caregivers for over sixty-eight years. As the largest peer-to-peer cardiovascular support organization in the world, Mended Hearts seeks to “To inspire hope and improve the quality of life of heart patients and their families through ongoing peer-to-peer support, education, and advocacy”.

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Do You Know Your HD Patient’s Cardiac Status? It Could Be a Matter of Life and Death!

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Feb 19, 2020

In recognition of February as American Heart Awareness month, Transonic is pleased to share this blog heart blog along with an offer for a free Transonic Flowprobe. To learn more about the offer, click here.

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) patients.1,2

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Heart Facts, Part 2

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Feb 17, 2020

In recognition of February as American Heart Awareness month, Transonic is pleased to share this blog heart blog along with an offer for a free Transonic Flowprobe. To learn more about the offer, click here.

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Heart Facts, Part 1

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Feb 12, 2020

In recognition of February as American Heart Awareness month, Transonic is pleased to post this blog along with an offer for a free Transonic Flowprobe. To learn more about how you can get a free Transonic Flowprobe, click here.

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Transition of Care for Persons with CKD - 2018

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Feb 10, 2020

(Gleaned from the 2018 USRDS Annual Data Report: Volume 1, Chapter 9: www.usrds.org)

The Transition of Care in Chronic Kidney Disease (TC-CKD) Special Study Center examines the transition of care to renal replacement therapy (dialysis or transplantation) in patients with very-late-stage (advanced) non-dialysis dependent CKD. These are often persons with an estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) <25 mL/min/1.73m2.

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Healthcare Expenditures for Persons with CKD in 2018

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Oct 7, 2019

(Gleaned from the 2018 USRDS Annual Data Report: Volume 1, Chapter 7: www.usrds.org)

Persons with chronic kidney disease (CKD), but not end-stage renal disease (ESRD) often have extensive healthcare needs and frequently face coexisting illnesses. Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in managed care grew from 13 percent in 2004 to 33 percent in 2017. In March 2017, 19 million individuals were enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan.

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Topics: Hemodialysis

Kidney Care News to Know: CPR Underused by Dialysis Clinics

Posted by Deborah Brouwer-Maier RN, CNN on Jun 24, 2019

California’s Legislation of Dialysis Profit Restriction Could Cause DaVita to Lose Up to $40 Million

DaVita has estimated it could lose up to $40 million in revenue if California’s restricting dialysis profits and use of third-party payers to cover Medicare premiums becomes law. The company spent $30 million in Q4 2018 in an effort to counter union policy efforts and spent $93 million on advocacy efforts last year.

Source: Nephrology News & Issues

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Controlling Life Threatening Bleeds (LTB) from Arteriovenous Fistulas or Grafts

Posted by Deborah Brouwer-Maier RN, CNN on Jan 2, 2019

Life-threatening bleeds (LTB) from arteriovenous fistulas or grafts are significant bleeds which are not stopped by application of a normal amount of pressure as is commonly used to stop bleeding after dialysis needle removal. In many cases they occur spontaneously at home between dialysis sessions, away from the clinic or caregiving team. Although access-related LTBs are not common, they can result in the loss of the patient’s access and even be fatal.

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Topics: CABG Surgery, Hemodialysis

California’s Proposition 8 Would Regulate the Amount Outpatient Kidney Dialysis Clinics Could Charge for Dialysis Treatments

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Nov 5, 2018

As Californians go to the polls on November 6th, they will have the opportunity to vote on Proposition 8, a measure that would cap the outpatient kidney dialysis clinics profits and provide incentives for higher staff levels and pay at their hundreds of California clinics. 

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What You Need to Know About Medicare’s 30-Day Readmission Policy for FY 2016

Posted by Thomas Gole, DO, FAAFP on Sep 25, 2015

Beginning in 2016, most U.S. hospitals will receive less money from Medicare due to the number of patients who return within 30 days of discharge.

Newly released data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reveals only 799 out of more than 3,400 hospitals subject to the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program faced no penalty.

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Topics: Hospital Administration, CABG Surgery

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