August 2015 Briefing - Nephrology

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Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Nephrology for August 2015. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.

Nonalbuminuric CKD Ups Cardiovascular Morbidity in T1DM

MONDAY, Aug. 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Nonalbuminuric chronic kidney disease is associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease and all-cause mortality, but not renal outcomes, in patients with type 1 diabetes, according to a study published online Aug. 26 in Diabetes Care.

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AMA: Ruling Makes It Easier for Insurers to Terminate Doctors

FRIDAY, Aug. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The outcome of a recent case regarding the termination of physicians by an insurance company following a dispute over the necessity of medical services provided has serious implications for physicians and their patients, according to a report published by the American Medical Association (AMA).

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FDA Issues Proposal on Lower-Cost, Generic Biotech Drugs

THURSDAY, Aug. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A proposal for identifying lower-cost generic biotech drugs has been released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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Too Few Blacks, Hispanics Pursuing Careers As Physicians

TUESDAY, Aug. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Too few members of certain minority groups are pursuing careers in U.S. medicine, resulting in a serious lack of diversity among general practitioners and specialists, according to a research letter published online Aug. 24 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Patient, Family Advisors Can Play Key Role in Practices

FRIDAY, Aug. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Practices can employ patient and family advisors in order to help them focus on patient-centered care needs, according to a report published by the American Medical Association (AMA).

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Report Highlights Ways to Improve Physician Resilience

THURSDAY, Aug. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Strategies can be adopted for improving physician resilience and the ability to handle the challenges presented by patient care, according to a report published by the American Medical Association (AMA).

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Most Patients Undergo Follow-Up After Pediatric Pyeloplasty

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Most patients are followed up after pediatric pyeloplasty, with ultrasound being the most common imaging modality, according to a study published in the September issue of The Journal of Urology.

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Smoking Ups Risk of Some Renal Cell Cancer Histological Subtypes

MONDAY, Aug. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking is a risk factor for clear cell and papillary renal cell carcinoma, but not for the chromophobe subtype, according to a study published in the September issue of The Journal of Urology.

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Post-Hysterectomy Cystoscopy May Lead to False-Positive Result

MONDAY, Aug. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with a pre-existing unknown nonfunctional kidney, cystoscopy to confirm ureteral patency after hysterectomy may lead to an incorrect assumption of a ureteral injury, according to a case report published in the September issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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More Physicians Reporting Dissatisfaction With EHR Systems

THURSDAY, Aug. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- More physicians report being dissatisfied or very dissatisfied with their electronic health record (EHR) system, compared with five years ago, according to a report published by the AmericanEHR Partners and the American Medical Association.

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Referral for Transplant Eval Limited Among Dialysis Patients

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Few new end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients are referred for kidney transplant evaluation within one year of starting treatment, although referral practices vary considerably, according to a study published in the Aug. 11 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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HAC Reduction Program Penalty Kicks in for FY2015

TUESDAY, Aug. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The latest Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) effort to reduce hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) is the HAC Reduction Program, according to an Aug. 6 health policy brief published in Health Affairs.

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In-Person Staff Meetings Are Valuable for Health Care Teams

MONDAY, Aug. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In-person staff meetings, which are not too short or too long and are held frequently, are valuable for health care team operation, according to an article published in Medical Economics.

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Many Hospitals Being Penalized for 30-Day Readmissions

FRIDAY, Aug. 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- About half of the nation's hospitals are being penalized by Medicare for having patients return within a month of discharge, losing a combined $420 million, according to a report published by Kaiser Health.

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Topical Vitamin D May Ease CKD-Associated Pruritus

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Topical vitamin D may be an effective and well-tolerated treatment for pruritus associated with chronic kidney disease (CKD-aP), according to research published in the August issue of the Journal of Dermatology.

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