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Results from Medicare ACOs may send a signal for upcoming kidney care demonstration

The results after two years of the CMS Innovation Center’s Pioneer Accountable Care Organization and Shared Savings Program are in, and they are encouraging. Can they be duplicated in a similar program for kidney patients?


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Schreiber talks about moving home therapies forward at DaVita

Moving more patients into home therapies should be just part of a sequence of options when treating kidney disease long term, says the new head of home modalities at DaVita Kidney Care


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NRAA offers a detailed look at the renal ACO demonstration

An interview with NRAA's and Diane Wish and Doug Johnson

One of the biggest challenges in any health care system is offering a payment model that puts both large and small providers on a level playing field


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The Endpoint

The Endpoint

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Lowering catheter rates among hemodialysis patients

The dialysis community must think beyond Fistula First to lower catheter rates


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DaVita won't participate in renal ACO without changes to program

DaVita executives said that the dialysis provider would not participate in CMS' new renal ACO demo unless the agency makes changes to some of its rules.
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Preparing for disasters of all sizes

Small storms can turn into big disasters
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Viewpoints

Guest authors voice opinions on issues important to renal care Read More

AAKP convention offered patients ways to become empowered

The AAKP Convention is the perfect place for kidney patients to learn about their disease and become armed with the knowledge to be an active member of their health care team.

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Misleading patients: CMS blindly charges ahead with 5-Star

Last week, in spite of overwhelmingly negative response from the renal community, CMS announced it is moving forward with the release of the 5-Star rating system in January.


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Preparing for the Wearable Artificial Kidney's first human clinical trial in the US

The Wearable Artificial Kidney, Invented by nephrologist Victor Gura, MD, FASN, from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, has been involved in laboratory and clinical testing since 2001 by medical clinicians, bio medical engineers, and other medical device researchers.


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