Dialysis

CVS Health announces a new initiative focused on kidney care and home dialysis treatment

On April 4th, 2018, CVS Health “announced a new initiative focused on chronic kidney disease and dialysis, which builds upon the company's focus on driving innovation in the management of chronic disease to help improve patient health outcomes while managing costs. This new program will focus on early identification of kidney disease and expansion of home dialysis in order to optimize care for patients with chronic kidney disease. CVS Health's unique enterprise assets along with the company's introduction of a truly innovative new home hemodialysis technology, position the company as a positive disruptor in the field with the ability to help reshape and redefine the kidney care space.

Coming soon: Effective Patient Engagement Strategies to Develop Therapies and Advance Patient Safety

In the upcoming April issue of Kidney News, Kevin Fowler’s new article “Effective Patient Engagement Strategies to Develop Therapies and Advance Patient Safety” will be available.

The article explores the barriers and patient perspectives on kidney disease clinical trials and Fowler investigates how best to approach getting patients to participate in beneficial clinical trials. He developed a survey with the intention to determine why patients participated in kidney disease trials and to also learn why they did not participate.

Some of his findings include:

Targeting Zero Infections webinar - Infectious Disease Reporting: State Requirements & Resources

Registration is now open for the third webinar in the Nephrologists Transforming Dialysis Safety (NTDS) webinar series!

ASN and Alliance for Home Dialysis urge CMS, CHRONIC Care Act signed into law

After two years of diligent efforts by the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and other members of the Alliance for Home Dialysis, the provisions of the CHRONIC Care Act were signed into law after being included in the two-year budget agreement passed in February.  The CHRONIC provisions authorize, among other items, a home dialysis patient’s monthly clinical visits to be conducted via telehealth with the home as an originating site.  ASN and others supported the inclusion of telemedicine provisions in the recent congressional budget deal to pave the way for greater use of the technology

Yale leads largest-ever collaboration to educate health workers in Rwanda

This is the largest single collaboration in health workforce education to be funded by the United States,” said Dr. Asghar Rastegar, director of the Office of Global Health at the Yale School of Medicine. “It demonstrates how we can bring our knowledge and capacity to bear to improve medical training and health care in the developing world."

Dr. Ian de Boer on signs of a crisis in nephrology

In an article by Manisha Jha of The Daily student publication at the University of Washington, Dr. de Boer speaks personally about his recent CJASN articles based on burnout in nephrology.


"'We wanted to highlight that to the community that this is something that many people are experiencing and open a dialogue,” de Boer said.

CJASN: Employment among patients starting dialysis in the United States

A recent study published by the Clinical Journal of Nephrology (CJASN) found that employment was low among patients starting dialysis throughout the study period at 23% to 24%, and 38% of patients who were employed six months prior to being diagnosed with kidney failure stopped working by the time they initiated dialysis.

Kidney Health Initiative (KHI): Prioritizing Symptoms of ESRD Patients for Developing Therapeutic Interventions workshop

The “Prioritizing Symptoms of ESRD Patients for Developing Therapeutic Interventions” workshop took place from January 8th through January 10th in Washington, DC. The meeting convened various stakeholders, including patients and care givers. Discussion centered around three symptoms of ESRD that were identified as priorities through previous patient focus groups: Fatigue, Insomnia, and Muscle Cramps.

The goal of the meeting was to:

HHS Announcement to Launch Kidney Innovation Accelerator at ASN Kidney Week 2017 Available

At ASN Kidney Week 2017, Bruce D. Greenstein, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Chief Technology Officer, highlighted the need for innovation in the nephrology space.

ASN Partners with VA Center for Innovation on My Kidney Nutrition App Features Challenge

Around 17% of American adults have chronic kidney diseases (CKD), and the rate of prevalence is higher U.S. Veterans. CKD, if not treated appropriately, can ultimately lead to kidney failure requiring either dialysis or a transplant.

 

A new mobile app is needed that provides autonomy and personalized features to help patients make informed food choices.

 

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