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  Apr. 20, 2015
bullet point DaVita to Settle Whistleblower Fraud Claims; Sanctions Motions Are Dropped
Article from the Daily Report (registration required, but free).

"If successful, the attorney said that total damages in the case, including the possibility of treble punitive damages, could top $2 billion."

Editor's note: How many of DaVita's nephrologists knew of this fraud and said nothing?
bullet point The Case for Compensating Kidney Donors
Article from The Week.
bullet point Barriers to Adopting a Fistula First Policy in Europe: an International Survey among National Experts
Free, full-text article from the Journal of Vascular Access.
bullet point Reduced Cardiovascular Reserve in Chronic Kidney Failure: A Matched Cohort Study
Article in Press abstract from American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
bullet point The Effect of Cinacalcet on Calcific Uremic Arteriolopathy Events in Patients Receiving Hemodialysis: The EVOLVE Trial
CJASN Express abstract.
bullet point Dialysis Enrollment Patterns in Guatemala: Evidence of the Chronic Kidney Disease of Nontraditional Causes Epidemic in Mesoamerica
Provisional abstract and full-text article (16-page pdf) from BMC Nephrology.
bullet point Health-related Quality of Life in Survivors of Acute Kidney Injury: The Post-RENAL Study Outcomes
Accepted Article abstract from Nephrology.
bullet point Body Composition in Chronic Kidney Disease
Published Ahead of Print abstract from Current Opinion in Nephrology & Hypertension.
bullet point Continuous Lead Exposure Increases Blood Pressure but Does Not Alter Kidney Function in Adults 20-44 Years of Age in a Lead-Polluted Region of China
Free, full-text, Issue in Progress article from Kidney & Blood Pressure Research.
bullet point May 18 Webinar: Overcoming Barriers to Shared Decision Making
Notice from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
bullet point New Drug for Hepatitis C Contributes to 13% Rise in Spending on Prescription Drugs in US
Abstract from the BMJ.
bullet point Aspirin May Help Ward Off Gastro Cancers, Study Finds
Article from HealthDay.
Obama Signs ‘Doc Fix’ Bill Overhauling How Medicare Pays Doctors
News summary from Kaiser Health News.
The Repeal of Medicare's Sustainable Growth Rate for Physician Payment
Free, full-text, Online First viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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