Repeat ED Visits for Kidney Stone

In a retrospective study conducted by researchers are Duke Medicine, of patients released from the emergency department (ED) following treatment for a kidney stone, one in nine will have a repeat visit, according to a story on The researchers identified factors that are association with repeat ED visits for kidney stones. Study results were reported in Academic Emergency Medicine. ... Read More »

CKiD Results Include Modifiable Risks

Factors that include high blood pressure, loss of protein from the kidneys, and anemia, have been identified as associated with predicted worsening of chronic kidney disease in children. Bradley Warady, MD, and colleagues recently conducted the Chronic Kidney Disease in Children (CKiD) study, the largest of its kind in North America. CKiD is funded by the National Institutes of Health. ... Read More »

Noninvasive Screening for Kidney Cancer

Eighty percent of patients who receive an early diagnosis of kidney cancer survive; however, early detection has been a challenge. Researchers of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have developed a noninvasive screening method to detect kidney cancer in early stages. The screening involved measurement of the presence of proteins in the urine. Protein biomarkers have been found ... Read More »

Outcomes among HIV+ Kidney Transplant Recipients Are Good

Findings from a recent study suggest that excellent results are possible among kidney transplant recipients infected with HIV. Compared with uninfected (HIV-/HCV-) kidney transplant recipients, mono-infected recipients (HIV+/HCV-) had similar kidney survival rates at 5 and 10 years. HIV+ recipients also infected with HCV (HIV+/HCV+) had worse kidney survival rates in a study reported in the Journal of the American ... Read More »

Use of Analgesics for Chronic Pain in Patients with CKD

Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. 2015 Feb. doi:10.2215/CJN.06520714 [Epub ahead of print] Screening for chronic pain may be useful in understanding the roe of drug-related problems in delivering safe care for patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). That was one of the findings of a study conducted recently by Jeffrey Fink, MD, MS, and Juliana Wu, BS, ... Read More »

Peripheral Artery Disease Associated with Low Bone Turnover

Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. 2015;26(2):476-483. In prevalent nondiabetic patients with end-stage renal disease, peripheral artery disease is associated with low bone turnover and pronounced osteoblast resistance to parathyroid hormone. That was the primary finding of a study conducted by Gérard M. London, MD, and colleagues. The study was designed to examine the possible interaction of systemic bone ... Read More »

Ferric Citrate and Phosphorus in Dialysis Patients

Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. 2015; 26(2):493-503. Ferric citrate is an efficacious and safe phosphate binder that increases stores of iron and reduces the use of intravenous iron and erythropoietin-stimulating agents while maintaining hemoglobin. That was the primary finding of a sequential, randomized trial conducted recently by Julia B. Lewis, MD, and colleagues. The trial compared mean change ... Read More »

Trends in Timing of Maintenance Dialysis Initiation

Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. February 2015. doi:10.1681/ASN.2013050531 [Epub ahead of print] Trends in eGFR at initiation of dialysis at Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers did not appear to reflect changes in the clinical context in which the dialysis was initiated. That was the primary finding of a review of medical records conducted recently by Ann M. O’Hare, ... Read More »

Credit and Debit Card Updates

Are providers required to accept payments by credit or debit cards from insurance companies? Can a provider add a surcharge to the amounts owed by patients who pay with a credit card?   INSURANCE COMPANIES THAT PAY BY DEBIT CARD   Effective January 1, 2014, HIPAA regulations required all payers to accept claims electronically and to offer payments by Electronic ... Read More »

High Dietary Acid Load Increases Risk for ESRD

Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. February 2015, doi: 10.1681/ASN.2014040332JASN [Epub ahead of print] In individuals with chronic kidney disease (CKD), there is an independent association with high dietary acid load and end-stage renal disease (ESRD). That was one conclusion study conducted in a nationally representative, population-based cohort of US adults with CKD. The study was conducted by Tanushree ... Read More »