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7 of the Most Influential U.S. Physicians and Healthcare Leaders

Posted by Anna Mueller, MS on Nov 7, 2018 7:30:00 AM

As a physician, your work is inherently influential:

You profoundly impact the lives of your patients and their loved ones on a regular basis. Like most healthcare professionals, you’re not in this line of work for the glory and praise, but rather for the opportunity to make a lasting difference and improve the lives of the patients under your care.

However, several physician leaders stand out above the others and, every year, Modern Healthcare chooses50 influential physician executives and leaders

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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 7:30:00 AM

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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Emergency Preparedness for Dialysis Clinics

Posted by Deborah Brouwer-Maier RN, CNN on Oct 31, 2018 7:30:00 AM

One of the most devastating hurricanes in the history of the United States, Hurricane Katrina caused $75 billion in damage in New Orleans and along the Mississippi coast. Beyond its toll on infrastructure and the lives of the area’s citizens, the hurricane exposed several gaps in emergency preparedness for hemodialysis patients. Many clinics in the area didn’t have sufficient emergency preparedness plans in place; patients didn’t know how to adequately prepare for the storm; and public health officials were unaware of how much of the population was dependent on dialysis.

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Topics: disaster preparedness planning, safety during and after disasters, kidney patients, emergency preparedness, dialysis facilities

Controversies in Dialysis Access (CiDA)

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Oct 29, 2018 7:30:00 AM

The Controversies in Dialysis Access (CiDA) meeting is a leading educational forum for surgeons, radiologists, nephrologists and medical staff who care for patients with a dialysis access. Its accredited scientific program provides the a comprehensive, interactive education opportunity for all clinicians involved in the care and treatment of dialysis patients. 

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Kidney Care News To Know

Posted by Deborah Brouwer-Maier RN, CNN on Oct 24, 2018 7:30:00 AM

Otsuka Acquires Visterra
Otsuka has acquired antibody therapy maker Visterra for $430 million. Otsuka hopes to take advantages of Visterra’s therapies for CKD and other conditions.

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Topics: kidney care

American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Oct 22, 2018 7:30:00 AM

The mission of 18,000 member American Society of Nephrology (ASN) is to leads the fight to prevent, treat, and cure against kidney disease throughout the world by educating health professionals and scientists, sharing new knowledge, advancing research and innovation, and advocating the highest quality care for patients. Its vision is to prevent, treat and cure kidney disease.

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The Kidney Project Hopes to Change the Face of ESRD

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Oct 17, 2018 7:30:00 AM

The need is staggering. Two million people worldwide are estimated to suffer from end-stage renal disease (ESRD), and the number of patients continues to increase at a rate of 5-7% per year. Taiwan, Japan, Mexico, the United States, and Belgium currently have the highest prevalence of ESRD. Mortality rates vary depending on the ESRD treatment. After one year of treatment, those on dialysis have a 20-25% mortality rate, and a 5-year survival rate of 35%.

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3 Ways Surgeons Can Avoid Malpractice Through Better Communication

Posted by Roger DeLong, CP, PE, MBA on Oct 15, 2018 7:30:00 AM

Nearly everyone has encountered a colleague whose poor and disruptive behavior affected their team. Whether it’s someone who yells, snaps at others, intimidates colleagues or has a flippant or aggressive communication style, negative behavior can affect the vibe of any workplace. But when surgeons misbehave, it can also affect patient safety and lead to an uptick in medical malpractice claims, according to new research.

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Avenu Medical’s Ellipsys® Vascular Access System Enters U.S. Market

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Oct 10, 2018 7:30:00 AM

After review by the by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) through its De Novo premarket review pathway, California’s Avenu Medical’s Ellipsys® Vascular Access System received FDA’s clearance to market for EndoAVF creation in June 2018. Approval was received after completing a pivotal clinical trial in the United States with one year patient follow-up.

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Should Doctors Take Medical Ethics Courses?

Posted by Tim Callahan on Oct 8, 2018 7:30:00 AM

As a physician, you may occasionally face situations for which there’s no easy answer. While your mind is filled with a wealth of knowledge about the human anatomy and biochemical pathways, and your education taught you how to diagnose diseases and perform a wide range of complex procedures, there are simply some scenarios medical school doesn’t prepare you to handle. 

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