Professional News

Interview with ANNA President Cindy Richards: Examining Nurses’ Place in Chronic Disease Management and Prevention

Posted on Jun 30, 2015

In an interview for Johnson & Johnson's "Campaign for Nursing's Future," ANNA President Cindy Richards discusses the unique relationship that develops between nurses and patients with a chronic condition like kidney disease. Nurses have the opportunity to provide more in-depth patient education, build stronger patient-nurse relationships over time, and empower patients and their families to manage their condition.

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New Law Improves Access to Care for Individuals with Acute Kidney Injury

Posted on Jun 30, 2015

Language very similar to that contained in The Chronic Kidney Disease Improvement in Research and Treatment Act (H.R. 1130, S. 598), which changes Medicare policy affecting coverage and payment of dialysis services for individuals with acute kidney injury (AKI), was included in a trade bill that was signed into law by President Obama on June 29, 2015.

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CMS Issues Proposed Rule for Policies and Payment Rates for ESRD Facilities for Calendar Year 2016 and the ESRD QIP for Payment Years 2017-2019

Posted on Jun 29, 2015

On June 26, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that will update payment policies and rates under the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Prospective Payment System (PPS) for renal dialysis services furnished to beneficiaries on or after January 1, 2016.

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Kidney Disease Patients Invited to Participate in Workshop on Patient Preferences

Posted on Jun 22, 2015

The Kidney Health Initiative (KHI) is requesting kidney disease patients and their families to provide input on potential future treatments and innovations. KHI, a partner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), facilitates the kidney community’s collaboration to enhance patient safety and foster innovation of drugs, devices, biologics, and food products.

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New AHRQ YouTube Channel Features Patient Safety Videos

Posted on May 13, 2015

A new patient safety channel on AHRQ YouTube features videos of evidence-based training programs used by U.S. hospitals to improve care quality through effective communications and teamwork. The new channel includes nearly 50 videos that describe key elements of the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program Toolkit (CUSP), a patient safety protocol used successfully by hospital intensive care units to reduce potentially deadly health care-acquired infections.

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