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9-minute video from Home Dialyzors United (HDU). HDU's letter to CGS Medicare Administrative Contractors.
Low-Intensity Exercise Improves Efficiency of Dialysis, Study Finds
Article from Medical Xpress. Free, full-text, e-First brief communication from Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism.
State Kidney Programs Provide Valuable Help to Those with Kidney Disease
Posting from the KidneyViews blog.
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DaVita Rx Agrees to Pay $63.7 Million to Resolve False Claims Act Allegations
Press release from the U.S. Department of Justice. Article from The Denver Post.

"The lawsuit resolved by the settlement was filed by two former DaVita Rx employees, Patsy Gallian and Monique Jones, under the qui tam, or whistleblower, provisions of the False Claims Act..." (DOJ)

"The relators will receive roughly $2.1 million from the federal recovery." (DOJ)

"DaVita HealthCare Partners agreed to pay up to $495 million in 2015 to settle a whistle-blower lawsuit accusing it of defrauding the federal Medicare program. In 2014, it agreed to pay $389 million to the federal government to settle a criminal and civil anti-kickback investigation into transactions with doctors." (Denver Post)

Editor's note: Why is DaVita still permitted to do business with Medicare and Medicaid? Their business model (junk-bond financing of healthcare acquisitions) requires middle managers to achieve business and performance metrics by any means possible. This business structure only encourages business and reporting fraud and puts vulnerable patients at risk of harm, as 14 consecutive years of USRDS Reports have shown.

DaVita Kidney Care Issues Statement about DaVita Rx Settlement
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DaVita Addresses Physician Fatigue with Investment in DaVita Physician Solutions
Press release.
Survival Rates Are Improving for Individuals with Kidney Failure
Press release and CJASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
DaVita TV Ads Cheer FL Sen. Bill Nelson
Blog posting from Florida Politics.
1 in 5 Older Patients with Chronic Disease Report Health Care Discrimination
Press release from UCSF. Article from HealthDay.
Introducing the ISN Ethical Dialysis Taskforce
Blog posting from the International Society of Nephrology.
Home Dialyzors United Submits Comments to MACs and CMS
Letter to CGS Medicare Administrative Contractors.
New Cellular Approach Found to Control Progression of Chronic Kidney Disease
Press release from Children's Hospital Los Angeles Saban Research Institute.
Nursing Intervention on the Compliance of Hemodialysis Patients with End-Stage Renal Disease: A Meta-Analysis
Free, full-text, Issue-in-Progress in-depth review from Blood Purification.
Performance Measures for a Dialysis Setting
Early View abstract from Journal of Renal Care.
Causes of Death after a Hospitalization with AKI
JASN Express abstract.
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Comparison of Postoperative Ultrasound Criteria to Predict Unassisted Use of Arteriovenous Fistulas for Hemodialysis
Advance Online abstract from the Journal of Vascular Access.
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Role of Plasmapheresis in the Management of Acute Kidney Injury in Patients With Multiple Myeloma: Should We Abandon It?
Early View abstract from Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis.
Urinary Markers of Fibrosis and Risk of Cardiovascular Events and Death in Kidney Transplant Recipients
(Registration required, but free.) Free, full-text article from American Journal of Transplantation via Medscape Nephrology.
Clinical Trial Does Not Support the Use of Bortezomib for Kidney Transplant Recipients
Press release from the American Society of Nephrology.
Big Data in Nephrology — A Time to Rethink
Editorial extract from NDT.
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Concentration of Health Expenditures and Characteristics of High Spenders
Statistical brief from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Social Determinants Drive Common Chronic Conditions: Analysis
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Fear Compromises the Health, Well-Being Of Immigrant Families, Report Finds
Article from Kaiser Health News.
Nurses Love Their Jobs, but Many Would Have Chosen Different Profession
Article from Healthcare DIVE.
Graphic Anti-Smoking Ads Can Backfire on Kids
Article from HealthDay.
Followup Review: CMS's Management of the Quality Payment Program
Report from the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

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