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2014-06-24 08:29:39

CMS data shows comprehensive, holistic care at DaVita improves patient outcomes DENVER, June 24, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- DaVita Kidney Care, a division of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. (NYSE: DVA) and a leading provider of kidney care services, today announced its 2014 end stage renal disease (ESRD) Quality Incentive Program (QIP) results from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). DaVita outperformed other kidney care providers in every category, with 98.4...

2012-05-16 11:22:02

The constant health education that dialysis patients receive can lead to boredom and noncompliance. But a Loyola University Medical Center study has found that brief, casual chats can be a significant benefit to patients. The technique is called "talking control support therapy.” As patients were undergoing dialysis, researchers stopped by for informal chats. A typical conversation began with small talk, before moving on to general conversation about healthy dialysis lifestyles....

2012-01-06 10:25:45

Solar power cuts costs and carbon footprint of dialysis Highlights:     Hemodialysis uses up large amounts of water and power.     Solar power can help offset high utility costs and make dialysis treatments greener.     Approximately 2 million patients in the world receive some sort of dialysis treatment. Solar power can help offset high utility costs and make hemodialysis treatments more environmentally friendly, according to a study...

2011-10-11 12:16:28

UW-Group Health-led study published in Archives of Internal Medicine It has become increasingly clear that patients in the United States are starting dialysis at higher and higher levels of kidney function. A team of researchers, led by Dr. Ann O'Hare, University of Washington associate professor of medicine and affiliate investigator at Group Health Research Institute, set out recently to find out what this means for patients, and how much earlier patients are starting dialysis compared...

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2011-01-09 09:25:00

Rodney Sokoloski used to have to drive to the city three times a week to get his dialysis, which was time-consuming and often left him feeling drained even before his workday began.But not anymore. After four months of shuttling back-and-forth from his home in Torrance to Los Angeles, two hours away, the 61-year-old last year switched to dialysis treatments at home every night while he sleeps."It makes you feel like you're in control of your life," Sokoloski, whose combination of diabetes and...

2009-07-31 07:24:47

'Accelerated failure time' model better explains survival rates in hemodialysis patientsA new approach to statistical analysis may be better suited to study the relationship between higher "dose" of dialysis and survival time for patients with advanced kidney disease, according to an upcoming paper in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN).Some studies have shown longer survival times for patients receiving a higher dose of dialysis, while others show no such relationship....

2009-05-22 09:56:32

Dialysis takes hours of kidney disease patients' time several days a week, so why not do it at night while sleeping? Overnight dialysis is more convenient for some patients and offers significant benefits over shorter daytime treatments, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN). The findings indicate that overnight dialysis is a viable alternative for patients with irreversible kidney disease, particularly in...

2008-07-07 06:00:26

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., July 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- DaVita Inc., a leading provider of kidney care services for those diagnosed with chronic kidney failure and disease (CKD), significantly exceeds national averages with regard to patient quality, as validated by both the Clinical Performance Measures Report published in 2006 by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the December 2007 Fistula First Vascular Access Improvement Initiative. This achievement is notable among...

2005-10-14 12:51:36

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For children with kidney failure who require dialysis, performing it at home at nighttime seems to improve their overall sense of well-being, a study shows. Dialysis is a process by which waste products are removed from the bloodstream when the kidneys are incapable of doing so. Traditionally, patients requiring dialysis travel several times per week to a clinic where the process can take upwards of 5 hours. The use of home nighttime dialysis was...


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