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From the Field: New Payment Adjustments; Initial ICD-10 Claims Processing

Rick Collins It was a victory for the little guys when the 2016 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) ESRD PPS (Bundle) Final Rule was released at the end of October. Rural dialysis facilities, regardless of size, will receive a new payment adjustment of 0.8%. Small dialysis facilities will benefit from the 26% increase in the Low Volume Payment ... Read More »

From the Chair: Tolvaptan for Treatment of ADPKD

Ajay K. Singh MBBS, FRCP, MBA Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School Boston, Massachusetts ADPKD still has no cure. However, 3 years back, reviewing the key results [see sidebar] of the pivotal TEMPO 3:4 trial published by Torres and colleagues in the New England Journal of Medicine2, the FDA declined to approve tolvaptan as a treatment to slow ... Read More »

From the Field: Composite vs Bundle Confusion

Rick Collins I knew it was going to happen. When the CMS ESRD PPS (Bundle) was introduced for 2011, CMS kept all of the terminology, rules, and regulations that existed prior to the Bundle. While that was a great way for billers to transition to the Bundle in 2011, keeping the old rules has become increasingly confusing for those new ... Read More »

From the Editor: Referring a Patient for Kidney Transplant Needs Improvement

Ajay K. Singh A recent paper published by Patzar and colleagues from Emory in JAMA1 reveals a low rate and marked variability in kidney transplant referrals within the state of Georgia. Once referred, only a fraction of patients actually get listed. Georgia has the lowest rate of transplantation in the United States at approximately 25%. Prior research might have explained ... Read More »

From the Field: Rick Collins

“LOW COST” BILLING COMPANIES CAN COST YOU A LOT My phone has been ringing more lately as nephrologists contact me about providing billing services in light of the imminent implementation of ICD-10. We normally have a good chat as they recognize that our services are tailored specifically for those in the renal industry. However, unlike in the past, our good ... Read More »

From the Editor: Referring a Patient for Kidney Transplant Needs Improvement

Ajay K. Singh A recent paper published by Patzar and colleagues from Emory in JAMA1 reveals a low rate and marked variability in kidney transplant referrals within the state of Georgia. Once referred, only a fraction of patients actually get listed. Georgia has the lowest rate of transplantation in the United States at approximately 25%. Prior research might have explained ... Read More »

Long-Term Risk of Gout in Living Kidney Donors

Among the general population, risk factors for gout include high concentrations of serum uric acid. According to researchers, concentration of serum uric acid increases in donors following nephrectomy; however, there are few data on whether kidney donation increases a living donor’s risk of gout. Using a large healthcare database, Ngan N. Lam, MD, and colleagues conducted a retrospective matched cohort ... Read More »

Alemtuzumab Safe in Post-Transplant Patients with PTLD

Dallas—Patients who develop lymphoproliferative disorder (PTLD) following kidney transplantation have poor outcomes, including inferior graft survival. Researchers at Stony Brook Medicine, Division of Nephrology, led by Yezina Nigatu, MD, recently conducted a study to determine the incidence and outcome of PTLD among kidney transplant patients who received induction with alemtuzumab. The researchers reported study results during a poster session at ... Read More »

Antibody Induction Superior to Steroid induction in Patients with DGF

Dallas—For renal transplantation patients at risk of delayed graft function (DGF), use of antibody induction decreases the incidence of acute rejection compared with use of steroid induciton. That was among the findings of a study conducted recently by Muhammad Atiq, MD, and colleagues. The researchers reported study results during a poster session at the NKF Spring Clinical Meetings. The poster ... Read More »

Cinacalcet Following Kidney Transplantation

Dallas—Results of a small study suggest that cinacalcet may be a safe alternative for parathyroidectomy in managing post-renal transplant hypercalcemia and hyperparathyroidism. The researchers noted, however, that larger studies are needed. Abhinandan Pakanati, MD, and colleagues conducted the results during a poster session at the NKF Spring Clinical Meetings in a poster titled Role of Cinacalcet in Management of Post-Renal ... Read More »