Welcome to the non-profit Medical Education Institute's Home Dialysis Central blogspot! This page is an umbrella under which Home Dialysis Central staff and guests can share their perspectives about home therapies and what we need to do to raise their profile and enable more people to use them. We'd like your comments as well! Bookmark our site and like us on Facebook! Help us tell the world about home dialysis.
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Teaching Treatment Options? Watch for Teachable Moments!
Okay, I am risking a cutback in my speaking invitations by sharing this topic with you, but, really, this info needs to be shared! In my reasonably humble opinion, we are largely doing treatment options education WRONG in the US.
Published on 10/31/2013 by Dori Schatell, MS, Executive Director, Medical Education Institute
The Doctor, Dialysis, and the Internet
The moment after you tell your patient that he or she has CKD3-5 and dialysis is approaching, his or her brain will click to instant neutral and little else of what you say will be heard, even if you are a skilled communicator.
Published on 10/24/2013 by Dr. John Agar
Billing for Traveling Home Dialysis Patients
Ease of travel can be a major benefit for patients who choose PD or do home HD with a portable machine. But, how do you handle billing for a home patient who wants to hit the road-for months at a time?
Published on 10/17/2013 by Beth Witten, MSW, ACSW, LSCSW
Thank You, Terry Oberley!
Expecting the best is also a useful strategy in the world of nephrology - and Terry Oberley taught me that.
Published on 10/09/2013 by Dori Schatell, MS, Executive Director, Medical Education Institute
We Need National GOALS for Home Dialysis!
You know what we don't have in the US? Goals for the numbers of folks on dialysis who do home treatments.
Published on 10/03/2013 by Dori Schatell, MS, Executive Director, Medical Education Institute
High Flux or Low Flux?
Apart from being more expensive-in India, I pay out of pocket-can there be 'too much' solute removal ... like with phosphorus? With nocturnal dialysis, do high flux dialysers offer a benefit from additional removal of middle molecules and other solutes?
Published on 09/26/2013 by Dr. John Agar
Better Dialysis is REAL Renal Rehab
For almost a decade the Medical Education Institute (MEI) had focused on the Life Options "Five E's" (Encouragement, Education, Exercise, Employment, and Evaluation)
Published on 09/19/2013 by Dori Schatell, MS, Executive Director, Medical Education Institute
Promoting Dialysis Patient Exercise: Just Do It (to Avoid Losing It)
When physical functioning declines, patients can no longer do things they need and want do. When they can no longer do things they need and want to do, they become more dependent.
Published on 09/12/2013 by Beth Witten, MSW, ACSW, LSCSW
How Much Evidence Will it Take to Change CMS Dialysis Policy?
With all of the talk about deep CMS cuts to dialysis reimbursement, some may be thinking, "Patients should be grateful for getting three treatments a week." I can't bring my head around to that point of view, though.
Published on 08/22/2013 by Dori Schatell, MS, Executive Director, Medical Education Institute
Check Out the New Home Dialysis Central "Medicare Start Date Calculator"
Have you ever wondered how soon Medicare can start if someone you know needs dialysis? There is a new Medicare Start Date Calculator on Home Dialysis Central.
Published on 08/13/2013 by Beth Witten, MSW, ACSW, LSCSW