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Articles by Mark Neumann

National Renal Administrators Association awards honor supporters

October 19, 2012

The NRAA handed out three awards during its 2012 annual conference


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ACOs, home dialysis, legislative issues fill day two of NRAA conference

October 15, 2012
A second day of talks and discussions at the 35th anniversary meeting of the National Renal Administrators Association's included the role of the independent dialysis provider in group purchasing, ACOs, and expansion of home dialysis programs.
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What is the renal community looking for in the new bundle, QIP rules?

September 10, 2012
We reviewed submitted comments to CMS, which were due to the agency by Aug. 31, from a number of patient and professional organizations.
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CMS wants to take a closer look at anemia in QIP proposal for 2015

July 30, 2012
With a recent increase in the transfusion rate, and patients concerned that clinics may let hemoglobins drop too low in an effort to save on EPO costs, CMS wants to take a closer look at anemia management in its proposed rule for the quality incentive program for payment year 2015. CMS also wants to make sure clinics are not underreporting patient with hemoglobin's above 12 g/dl.
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Some bright spots for home dialysis

July 13, 2012
Last month, NN&I published its 18th annual ranking of the largest dialysis providers in the United States. Since 1995—the first year we published our ranking—the chart has always divided hemodialysis patients (including home hemodialysis) and peritoneal dialysis patients as part of the total patient count for each provider. In that first year, we listed 11,954 patients on peritoneal dialysis, representing 15.8% of the total patient population.
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HBO's 'The Weight of the Nation' series sends a warning about CKD risk

May 29, 2012
A recent HBO series on obesity in America shows how the government is helping us overeat and expose our youngest generation to the risk of hypertension and diabetes.
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Davita expands into integrated care with purchase of HealthCare Partners

May 21, 2012
DaVita Inc., which has shown its interest in integrated care by pushing for renal-based accountable care organizations and participating in a six-year managed care demonstration project for ESRD patients, made a bold statement this morning in announcing its acquisition of Torrance, Calif.-based HealthCare Partners.
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When regulations and quality of life clash

May 7, 2012
ORLANDO--A nurse at the session on quality measures during the 43rd annual American Nephrology Nurses Association annual conference , held here last week, had a dilemma, and shared it with the audience. Her home dialysis patient was enjoying the benefits of a 12.5 hemoglobin. But the clinic knew that maintaining that high range would get them "dinged" by CMS' new Quality Incentive Program. So the clinic wanted to ratchet down the patient's ESA dose, and subsequently his hemoglobins below the allowable 12. The patient wanted nothing to do with that decision.
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More hot water for author of column on brain death

April 9, 2012
The transplant community erupted over an editorial published March 13 by The Wall Street Journal that questioned brain death protocols for organ donation. Now, a prominent physician quoted in the article is questioning author Dick Teresi's credibility.
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A New Player

April 3, 2012
The FDA's approval this week of Affymax's new ESA peginesatide will bring competition to the anemia treatment market for dialysis patients for the first time in more than 20 years. But with contracts signed by Fresenius and DaVita to use Epogen for many of their patients, what will be the strategy for Affymax—and other companies with ESAs in the pipeline?]
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