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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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What the European Guidelines Tell Us About Pre-Operative Vascular Access Imaging

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Jul 3, 2019

In their comprehensive 2018 Clinical Practice Guidelines for Vascular Access the European Society for Vascular Surgery (ESVS) address pre-operative imaging for assessment of a vascular access. In addition to a detailed pre-operative history and physical examination, they accord non-invasive ultrasound imaging an important role in vascular access selection.

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5 Surprising Stats About Physician Happiness

Posted by Anna Mueller, MS on Jul 1, 2019

Physicians are generally pretty happy, according to new data from the 2019 AAFP/CompHealth Physician Happiness Survey, but they’re also highly stressed, too.

After recent reports of physician burnout and poor work-life balance, the survey, which consists of responses from more than 5,000 physicians across the U.S., provides hopeful and eye-opening information about what impacts doctors at work — and from where they draw the most satisfaction.

Here are five important takeaways from this survey.

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Access to Health Care in the U.S.

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Jun 26, 2019

Access to health services is defined as "the timely use of personal health services to achieve the best health outcomes." Access to health care impacts one's overall physical, social, mental health status, and quality of life. It requires three distinct steps:

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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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Can Soft Skills Make You a Better Physician?

Posted by Sierra Coyle, MS, RRT-NPS on Jun 19, 2019

What are the most important skills a physician can possess? Patients and fellow healthcare professionals would likely rank a doctor’s knowledge of medicine and their ability to complete complex procedures as most critical to their success. But what about interpersonal communication skills, compassion and civility? Although you may not consider these strengths essential for saving lives, soft skills have a greater impact on patient outcomes than you might expect.

Here’s why further developing these attributes can make you a better doctor, and several soft skills every physician should hone.

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