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  Jan. 23, 2015
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Medicare's 'Dialysis Facility Compare' Now Displays Facility Star Ratings
Article from AP. CMS press release. Dialysis Facility Compare home pagefact sheet, and star rating explanation.

Press release and www.5stardialysis.org web site from Kidney Care Partners that denounce Medicare's star rating system for dialysis facilities.

KidneyTalk podcast on the 5-star rating system for dialysis facilities from Renal Support Network.

Editor's note: I examined the ratings of some of top nephrology programs in the country (5 stars is best):

  • Mayo Clinic - 2 stars
  • Cleveland Clinic - 1 star
  • Massachusetts General - 1 star
  • UCSF (at General Hospital) - 3 stars
  • Rogosin Institute (NY, NY) - 2 stars
bullet point DaVita to Settle Shareholder Lawsuits Stemming from Federal Kickback Settlement for $7.3 Million
Article from Denver Business Journal.
bullet point DaVita HealthCare Partners Buys Remaining Stake in India's NephroLife Care for $32.5 Million
Article from The Economic Times (India).
bullet point UK Renal Registry 2014 - 17th Annual Report of the Renal Association
Free access to report PDFs via Nephron.
bullet point Articles from Medical Economics®:
bullet point High Blood Calcium Linked with Increased Risk of Premature Death in Dialysis Patients
Press release and JASN Express abstract from the American Society of Nephrology.
bullet point Is There a Moral Way to Fix America's Kidney Shortage?
Article from The Atlantic.
bullet point CKD in Elderly Patients Managed without Dialysis: Survival, Symptoms, and Quality of Life
CJASN Express abstract.
bullet point A Very Simple Formula to Compute pCO2 in Hemodialysis Patients
Online First abstract from International Urology and Nephrology.
bullet point Blood Glucose Fluctuations in Hemodialysis Patients with End Stage Diabetic Nephropathy
Article in Press abstract from Journal of Diabetes and Its Complications.
bullet point Long-Term Outcome of Encapsulating Peritoneal Sclerosis (EPS) Patients in a Single Center
Online First abstract from Clinical and Experimental Nephrology.
bullet point Trends in Kidney Transplant Outcomes in Older Adults
(Registration required, but free.) Free, full-text article from the Journal of American Geriatrics Society via Medscape Nephrology.
bullet point Reliant Renal Care to Provide Assisted Home Hemodialysis in NexCare Health Systems Nursing Centers
bullet point Elizabeth Warren: How about a 'Swear Jar' for Drug Companies?
Article from The Hill.
bullet point Optimizing High-Risk Care Management
Free, full-text, Online First viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
bullet point 2015 Nurse Practitioner Ranks Surge to 205,000, Nearly Doubling Over Past Decade
Press release from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
bullet point American Nurses Association's 'Year of Ethics' Kicks off with Release of Revised Code of Ethics
Article from Nurse.com.
bullet point Superbug Spread through Contaminated Scopes Sickened Dozens in Seattle
bullet point Ebola Crisis: Experimental Vaccine 'Shipped to Liberia'
1,700 Hospitals Win Quality Bonuses From Medicare, But Most Will Never Collect
Article from Kaiser Health News.

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