Advocacy for Better Dialysis
From the Patient Perspective.
Understanding the role of patients’ belief systems can guide medical professionals to help develop patient-centered, personalized treatment plans.
Let’s Hear it for the Patients!
When dialysis patients partner in research, their “experiential” knowledge is valuable and meaningful.
HDU critiques NIPRO needles in letter to FDA
Home Dialyzors United members know dialysis needles—they use them several times a week. The group challenged the “substantial equivalence” determination of NIPRO needles this month for a variety of reasons in a letter to the FDA. See the NIPRO response below.
What did Home Dialyzors United write to Marilyn Tavvener?
HDU believes that boosting the home dialysis training payment to clinics can help boost home therapies as well, and commented on the proposed rule for the Quality Incentive Program (QIP).
Meet Home Dialyzors United's new board members
Harvard grad and high school science teacher Benjamin Ruback, who has used almost every kind of dialysis and home HD RV traveler Jim Smith are both articulate, passionate advocates of home therapies and exciting additions to the HDU Board of Directors.
Aggressive target could boost US home dialysis
NN&I offers a concise analysis of the Medicare cost benefits to US dialysis clinics of offering home treatments—all of which have helped. A bit. Setting an actual target for home therapies might just boost the momentum.
Learn the secret to supporting people with kidney disease
Consumers supporting each other is the big news. Support groups can help people feel less alone and help them learn how and why to take care of themselves. Join our Home Dialysis Central Facebook group!
Fresenius honors home hemodialysis advocate
John Cannady will receive the Fresenius Medical Care Renal Therapies Group annual Pioneer in Excellence award February 9th. This award is presented to patients who have a positive impact on the dialysis community and advocate home hemodialysis.
The kidney community lost a great advocate last month
Nephrology News & Issues Editor Mark Neumann writes his thoughts about the passing of Rich Berkowitz, Founder and President of Home Dialyzors United.
Were YOU Home for the holidays?
Fresenius noted in December that the holidays—always a stressful time—could be calmer with home dialysis! The "Home for the Holidays" campaign notes that dialyzing in the comfort of your own home, getting to eat and drink more of what you love, and lower blood pressure are all benefits of home treatments. "We believe that every patient who wants to dialyze at home should be given that option," says Keith Lester, VP of Home Therapies.