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From the Field: Three Tips to Improve Accounts Receivable

In our company, we deal with insurance companies across the nation. Working with a variety of payers gives us a wide range of experience but we also encounter our fair share of challenges in obtaining reimbursement. Here are three simple tips that make collecting from payers a little easier. 1. Know the Rules The best way to cut down on ... Read More »

Incidence of Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer Varies by Treatment Modality in Transplant Recipients

The most common form of cancer in recipients of solid organ transplants is nonmelanoma skin cancer (NMSC), which is reportedly more common in recipients of renal transplants than in patients receiving maintenance dialysis. Patients on maintenance dialysis are also at increased risk of NMSC, including patients with high comorbidity and those on the active transplant waiting list. There are few ... Read More »

Young Adults with ESRD at Increased Risk for Cardiovascular Disease and Mortality

In patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD), including children and adults, cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality. In individuals ≥45 years of age, 87% have developed CVD at the time of ESRD onset and approximately 50% of deaths are attributed to CVD. In children with ESRD in the United States, CVD-related mortality occurs in 23%; ... Read More »

From the Field: New Frequency of Hemodialysis Local Coverage Determinations

Sarah Tolson Effective March 1, 2019, several Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) began processing claims for hemodialysis treatments under new Local Coverage Determinations (LCDs). These LCDs underwent massive revisions after the proposed LCDs released in 2017 would have essentially eliminated reimbursement for more than three treatments per week because they were so strict. Medicare, the largest payer in the United States ... Read More »

Stroke Risk and Predictors in Kidney Transplant Recipients

Kidney transplantation is the gold standard treatment for patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). The prevalence of mortality and major cardiovascular events in kidney transplant recipients has declined in recent years, and is lower among transplant recipients than in a matched chronic kidney disease (CKD) population. However, kidney transplant recipients continue to have an increased mortality and cardiovascular event risk ... Read More »

Examining Short-Term Within-Person Variability in Clinical Markers of Kidney Function

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is defined by abnormalities in glomerular filtration rate (GFR) and/or albuminuria; CKD affects approximately 10% of the US population. Endogenous plasma or serum filtration markers, most commonly creatinine, are used to estimate GFR; albuminuria is quantified by measuring urinary albumin concentration (UAC) or urinary albumin-creatinine ratio (UACR). There are well established reference ranges for estimated GFR ... Read More »

Real-World Long-Term Effectiveness of Sucroferric Oxyhydroxide in Managing Hyperphosphatemia

Patients with advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD) and end-stage renal disease (ESRD) often experience hyperphosphatemia. Due primarily to the progressive inability of the kidneys to appropriately excrete phosphorus, disrupted phosphorus homeostasis leads to phosphorus accumulation. There have been associations between high levels of serum phosphorus and increased risk of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. In a previous large national study, the ... Read More »

From the Field: 40 Years of Lessons from Work and Life

After 19 years at Sceptre Management Solutions, the time has come for me to step aside. My wife and I sold the business last year to our oldest daughter, Jennifer Hicks, who has worked with us since 2001. She has an MBA and is incredibly smart and very talented. I stayed on during the past year to help during the ... Read More »

Using the Hume Formula to Estimate Body Composition

Aberrant body composition, notably muscle and protein-energy wasting, and elevated levels of adiposity, are common characteristics of chronic kidney disease (CKD). Malnutrition, reductions in physical function, and quality of life are negatively affected by abnormal body composition; in addition, there is an association between abnormal body composition and increased risk for adverse clinical outcomes and mortality. Estimates are that 9% ... Read More »