Conference Coverage

Home Hemodialysis Program Training Volume and Rates of Therapy Attrition

Annual Dialysis Conference 2016 February 27-March 1 Seattle, Washington Seattle—Better patient outcomes and improved processes in home hemodialysis programs may be associated with continuous experience with training and patient monitoring. Another benefit would be maintenance of staff skills. Researchers recently conducted an analysis to determine whether the volume of home hemodialysis training was associated with therapy attrition. Results of the ... Read More »

Nx2me Connected Health Reduces Risk of Home Hemodialysis Attrition

Annual Dialysis Conference 2016 February 27-March 1 Seattle, Washington Seattle—The risk of elective discontinuation of home hemodialysis was reduced with use of Nx2me Connected Health in a data review conducted recently by Eric Weinhandl, MS, PhD, and colleagues. The researchers reported results of the review at the 2016 Annual Dialysis Conference in a presentation titled Lower Risk of Home Hemodialysis ... Read More »

Coping Strategy Survey Reliable in Two of 13 Countries

San Diego—Patients with a chronic illness utilize various strategies to cope with their condition. Patients on maintenance hemodialysis face many physical and psychological stresses as they deal with end-stage renal disease. There are several survey instruments designed to measure patient coping strategies, but none have been specifically designed for hemodialysis patients. The Coping Strategies Inventory-Short Form (CSI-SF), developed in English, ... Read More »

Recurrence of Primary Glomerular Disease and Graft Survival

San Diego—The prognosis of recipients of kidney transplantation surgery is determined by failure and loss of the renal allograft. Allograft failure is associated with recurrence of primary glomerular disease (GN), according to Saul Enrique Pampa, MD, and colleagues at Hospital Ramón y Cajal. Madrid, Spain. The researchers recently conducted an analysis to examine the prevalence, clinical course, and graft survival ... Read More »

Characteristics of Patients with aHUS in a Global Registry

San Diego—Researchers recently conducted an analysis to compare the characteristics of adults with atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS) with those of children with aHUS. Christopher Licht, MD, et al. reported results of the comparisons during a poster session at Kidney Week 2015. The poster was titled Characteristics of 681 Patients with Atypical Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome in the Global aHUS Registry. ... Read More »

Mortality Rates Improved with Medicare Advantage versus Medicare Fee-for-Service for EDRD Patients

San Diego—In a recent study, there was an association between lower mortality rates and enrollment in Medicare Advantage programs for patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD), compared with Medicare Fee-for-Service (MFFS). That was the primary finding of the study conducted by Steven M. Brunelli, MD, and colleagues and presented at the ASN Kidney Week 2015. The poster was titled Medicare ... Read More »

Proteinuria Status as Predictor of Overall Survival after Surgery for Renal Cancer

Society of Urologic Oncology Washington, DC—Overall survival following renal cancer surgery can be predicted using preoperative proteinuria status. That was among the findings of a study conducted by Joseph Zabell, MD, and colleagues and reported during a poster session at the 16th Annual Meeting of the Society of Urologic Oncology. The poster was titled Preoperative Proteinuria Is an Important Predictor ... Read More »

Reduced Pill Burden among Hemodialysis Patients Switching to Sucroferric Oxyhydroxide

Hyperphosphatemia Update San Diego—Among patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) on maintenance dialysis treated for hyperphosphatemia, the use of sucroferric oxyhydroxide was shown to reduce mean pill burden from 8.2 to 3.7 pills. Sucroferric oxyhydroxide is an iron-based, chewable phosphate binder indicated for use in CKD patients on dialysis. That was one of the findings of an analysis conducted by ... Read More »

Billing Errors Reduce Revenue and Work RVUs

San Diego—Incorrect documentation and billing led to substantial loss in gross revenue and relative value units (RVUs) in an academic nephrology setting. That was among the findings of an analysis conducted recently by Leslie P. Wong, MD, and Emilio P. Poggio, MD, at the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio. Analysis results were reported during a poster session at Kidney Week 2015 ... Read More »

Appropriate Frequency of Antibody Monitoring in CKD Patients

San Diego—In a study of patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) who are at risk for hepatitis B virus infection, protective antibody levels were maintained in 95% of those monitored for 2 years. Ravindra Mukkunda, MD, and Zahra Jabir, MD, reported results of the study during a poster session at Kidney Week 2015. The poster was titled Monitoring of Protective ... Read More »