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NEJM- CAUGHT COVERING UP FOR NATIONAL KIDNEY FOUNDATION–AN INDUDSTRY FRONT GROUP | AHRP

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 | By William Tinker | No Comments

Readers of the New England Journal of Medicine should be forewarned:  The information in the pages of the NEJM is tainted by industry influence, its professional and scientific integrity are t…

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DIALYSIS PROVIDERS, UNION TAKE SIDES IN CALIFORNIA OVER STAFFING RATIOS – NEPHROLOGY NEWS & ISSUES

Monday, March 20, 2017 | By William Tinker | No Comments

A bill in the California State Senate proposes minimum staffing ratios in dialysis clinics, and providers say it would restrict flexibility and limit treatment shifts

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Source: Dialysis providers, union take sides in California over staffing ratios – Nephrology News & Issues

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INVOLUNTARY DISCHARGE FROM DIALYSIS: A HEALTH CARE PRACTICE LIKE NO OTHER

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 | By arlene | No Comments

Involuntary discharge from dialysis — a life-sustaining treatment — is a uniquely American phenomenon.

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NEJM- CAUGHT COVERING UP FOR NATIONAL KIDNEY FOUNDATION–AN INDUDSTRY FRONT GROUP | AHRP

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 | By William Tinker | No Comments

Readers of the New England Journal of Medicine should be forewarned:  The information in the pages of the NEJM is tainted by industry influence, its professional and scientific integrity are t…

Source: NEJM- Caught Covering Up for National Kidney Foundation–an indudstry front group | AHRP

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IS THE CMS STAR PROGRAM RESPONSIBLE FOR RECORD NUMBER YEAR-END DIALYSIS PATIENTS TERMINATED FROM CARE

Wednesday, December 28, 2016 | By arlene | 1 Comment

With the end of the year fast approaching there has been an alarming increase in the number of patients terminated from dialysis care. One has to wonder if these terminations are tied to the implementation of the Star Program by CMS as a way to grade care centers on results of patient care along with clinic reviews. Payments to the Dialysis providers for patient care are tied to this star program….more stars…..more money. Continue reading “IS THE CMS STAR PROGRAM RESPONSIBLE FOR RECORD NUMBER YEAR-END DIALYSIS PATIENTS TERMINATED FROM CARE” »

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SHOULD DIALYSIS WORKERS BE BANNED FROM HAVING PATIENTS AS FRIENDS ON FACEBOOK?

Friday, December 16, 2016 | By arlene | No Comments

Should Dialysis Workers Be Banned From Having Patients as Friends on facebook?

Health care workers at a Dialysis Center were told to remove dialysis patients from their friend’s list on facebook. It appears the center wants to hamper Dialysis Patients and care givers from forming relationship where they might discuss common concerns.

After the large non-profit corporations took over, the patient to dialysis technicians ratios were increased to levels that no longer afforded time for technicians to form a bond with their patients. Those bonds helped patients feel they and the care giver were a team working together for the patients benefit. Present work loads at the major for-profits barely allow time to prepare for the next patient, let alone get to know the patient.

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become an advocate for patients and family members. She produced a DVD “Life on Dialysis” in 2009 her story on dialysis.

 

 

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MARIE A. DEFRANCESCO-LOUKAS APPOINTED DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS AND PATIENT EDUCATION

Friday, September 30, 2016 | By William Tinker | No Comments

Marie A. DeFrancesco-Loukas, is a RN, MSN, CRNP, CRNA Marie joins our Board with over 22 years of experience as a healthcare professional.  She began her career in Pediatrics and took care of children with renal disease at Mt. Sinai in New York. Her duties included caring for inpatient dialysis patients.  At Columbia-Presbyterian Marie worked in the Pediatric ICU and cared for critically-ill children in acute and chronic Renal Failure and was a Prisma (CVVHD) instructor; which is a continuous form of dialysis.  She holds a Bachelor of Science from Wagner College, Master of Science from Wagner College as a Family NP, Post-Master’s from Stonybook as a Pediatric NP, Post-Master’s Continue reading “Marie A. DeFrancesco-Loukas Appointed Director of Public Relations and Patient Education” »

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