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Hospital Cleanliness: How Clean is Your Environment?

Posted by Tim Callahan on Apr 17, 2019

Medscape and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America surveyed 183 acute care hospitals. Here’s what they found:

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U.S. Spending on Healthcare: What’s Changed Over the Past Year

Posted by Tim Callahan on Apr 15, 2019

The growth in healthcare spending slowed over the past two years, according to a report from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released at the end of 2018.

Total U.S. spending on healthcare grew 3.9 percent in 2017 and 4.8 percent in 2016. This decline comes on the heels of two years of relatively fast growth of 5.3 percent in 2014 and 5.8 percent in 2015.

Although the declining growth rate has some analysts ringing the alarm bells and others celebrating, it’s important to consider some key factors impacting this change.

Here are three reasons the growth in U.S. spending on healthcare has slowed:

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Physician Burnout: What to Know About this Growing Public Health Crisis

Posted by Roger DeLong, CP, PE, MBA on Apr 10, 2019

Here’s a startling statistic: More than one doctor per day commits suicide. This is a rate higher than in any other profession, and double the rate within the general population, according to Medscape.

In fact, physician burnout and depression have become so widespread, the Boston Globe recently referred to it as a public health crisis.

To most people outside the occupation, this is inconceivable. After all, working in medicine allows you the opportunity to make a positive impact on people’s lives, and physicians are generally very well-compensated for their efforts. What’s there to be depressed about?

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What to Know About CMS' Final Payment Rule for Dialysis Clinics

Posted by Deborah Brouwer-Maier RN, CNN on Apr 8, 2019

Did you know Medicare reimbursement for dialysis treatments has increased?

This past November, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) released its final rule for dialysis clinics, and the new stipulations, including the composite rate increase, went into effect Jan. 1. As a dialysis clinic professional, you’ll be responsible for managing these changes and updates in the year ahead.

To help you navigate the CMS final payment rule for 2019, here’s a breakdown of the three most significant changes.

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How are Physicians Feeling? Stats About Physician Burnout and Depression

Posted by Anna Mueller, MS on Apr 3, 2019

According to a new report from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, physician burnout has become so pervasive that it is now a public health issue. Over three-quarters (78 percent) of physicians surveyed by Merritt Hawkins experience feelings of burnout at least sometimes. Not only that, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has predicted a physician shortage of up to 90,000 by 2025 with an underlying contributor being physicians who stop practicing due to burnout.

 

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Kidney Care News to Know

Posted by Deborah Brouwer-Maier RN, CNN on Apr 1, 2019

Women May Have Lower Risk for Chronic Kidney Disease Progression

A recent study has revealed women have a lower risk of chronic kidney disease (CKD) progression and death than men, but men have a higher likelihood of progression to end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Researchers noted that the prevalence of CKD is higher among women, while men have a 50 percent higher lifetime risk of developing ESRD. The findings suggest that, compared to men, women could have a slower decline in kidney function or they’re more likely to die before progressing to ESRD.

Source: Nephrology News & Issues

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Access Thrombosis Causes Major Problems for the Patient, Care Staff and Nephrologist

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Mar 29, 2019

When an access suddenly clots or thromboses, all stakeholders are confronted with a crisis that must be immediately resolved.

Needless to say, the end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patient has the most at stake and can suffer the most. He or she must cope with:

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Topics: KDOQI

Why Surveillance is Important – Tests Accuracy of Pump Flow

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Mar 27, 2019

When one sets the pump on a hemodialysis machine, one naturally assumes that the pump will deliver what it is set at. However, myriad factors can alter the pump flow so the flow being actually delivered to the patient is not the flow the pump is set at. These factors include the following:

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Topics: KDOQI

Why Surveillance is Important: 8 Ways Vascular Access Surveillance Informs the Nephrologist

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Mar 25, 2019

“A hemodynamically significant stenosis is the substrate for thrombosis by reducing flow, increasing turbulence, and increasing platelet activation and residence time against the vessel wall.” KDOQI Guidelines 2006

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Topics: KDOQI

End-Stage-Renal Disease’s Devastating Stats

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Mar 22, 2019

End-stage-renal-disease (ESRD) is devastating. In 2014, 118,000 people in the United States started treatment for ESRD, and 662,000 were living on chronic dialysis or with a kidney transplant.

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Topics: KDOQI

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