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Quanta to the Rescue!

07/09/2020

Quanta and its consumables manufacturing partner, Europlaz, have been stepping up to fill an increased UK dialysis demand driven by COVID-19. Quanta was able to deliver in a matter of days and train in less than 6 hours, so ICU nurses could quickly treat patients.

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Baxter Reports PD Sharesource Data at ERA-EDTA Virtual Congress

07/09/2020

Telehealth for PD with the Sharesource platform reduced technique failure by 56% compared to usual care in a study of 558 patients, reported Baxter, noting that home treatments are safer during a pandemic. Staff can view and act on patients’ treatment data with no extra clinic visits needed.

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Fresenius Plans 100+ New Transitional Care Units in 2020

07/09/2020

TCUs help empower patients new to dialysis to learn their options and engage in their care. With a separate space and dedicated staff, the Fresenius programs have had more than half of participants choose a home option—vs. about 15% with standard care.

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United States HHS Deploys 50 Outset Tablo Machines to NY Hospitals

06/10/2020

Tablo HD machines are being used in disaster response—in this case COVID-19—under an HHS contract. With New York City hit hard by the pandemic, the easy to learn and use Tablo, described as “a dialysis clinic on wheels,” fills a critical gap in acute ICU care.

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Quanta Steps Up to Support COVID-19 Patients in the UK

06/10/2020

The new Quanta SC+ hemodialysis device is being used to treat COVID-19 patients in the ICU. Quanta has been working tirelessly to support dialysis, as up to 1/3 of COVID-19 patients have acute kidney injury—and has even 3D printed mask adaptors and face shield frames for healthcare professionals. Training to use the easy-to-learn SC+ takes less than 6 hours.

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Fresenius CEO Rice Powell on Lessons Learned From Covid 19

05/12/2020

In a Washington Post story, Powell notes that Fresenius has been planning since January for the pandemic, and has been offering staff child- and eldercare stipends and supplemental pay. The company offers isolation capacity for COVID-19 positive patients and has set up a National Intensive Renal Care Reserve to meet hospital needs for acute dialysis. Telemedicine and home dialysis options have expanded, and—Powell asserts—“Home dialysis is the best form of care for reducing infection risk and protecting vulnerable patients.”

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Dialysis Industry Leaders Come Together to Fight Public Health Crisis

04/13/2020

U.S. Renal Care, Inc., Fresenius, DaVita, and others are collaborating to support dialysis patients with COVID-19. The group pledges to create a safety network of dialysis clinics that focus on patients affected by the novel coronavirus without exposing healthy people.

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Fresenius Telehealth Hub

03/16/2020

Fresenius now offers a user-friendly telehealth solution to improve connection between patients and physicians. Citing fewer hospital admissions and less technique failure, TheHub will roll out beyond pilot markets this year to increase access to care, reduce travel burdens, and maintain contact between patients and their home support teams.

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DaVita Care Connect Mobile App

03/16/2020

DaVita Care Connect is a new, secure telehealth platform to connect PD and home HD dialyzors and their care teams. The app allows video visits, education, reminders, image sharing, and secure texting to boost success at home.

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Using AI to Increase Nephrologists’ Comfort with Home Dialysis

02/19/2020

“We have heard for many years that nephrologists aren’t comfortable with home dialysis,” said Jeffrey Hymes, MD, Chief Medical Office at Fresenius Kidney Care. According to Hymes and others, artificial intelligence and connected technology offer predictive analytics and solutions to help more patients enjoy the benefits of home therapies.

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ADC Session Compared/Contrasted Four Home HD Machines

02/19/2020

Last week at the Annual Dialysis Conference in Kansas City, NxStage, Quanta, Outset Medical’s Tablo and the Physidia S3 each had a chance to present the latest developments for their home HD machines. And, this year’s ADC home hemodialysis preconference workshop had 150 engaged participants. Missed it? Mark your calendar for next year. Patient choice is coming! (And, watch for a blog with more detail about each machine).

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Safe At Home

01/09/2020

The unique Tablo home HD machine, which requires just a faucet, drain, and electrical outlet and produces its own dialysate, met its primary endpoint—a weekly standard Kt/V of 2.1—in a safety and efficacy trial of in-center and home use. The next step is to obtain FDA approval for home HD.

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Fresenius: Growth of Home Dialysis is NINE Times that of In-Center HD

12/10/2019

With more than 25,000 home dialysis patients and impressive growth, the Fresenius investment in innovation to improve care appears to be paying off. Executive VP and CMO Robert Kossmann, MD, noted that “The goals of the executive order are aligned with our existing strategy and our company’s commitment to increasing the accessibility of home therapies for our patients.”

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Outset Wins HHS Contract for Tablo HD System Use in Natural Disasters

11/16/2019

By the end of 2019, a new U.S. Health & Human Services contract will be in effect to use the Tablo HD systems for disaster support. Tablo uses wireless data, sensor-based automation and an animated touchscreen to purify water and produce dialysate, for dialysis with just an electrical outlet and tap water. CEO Leslie Trigg said “Tablo’s design enables fast deployment to the field using existing water sources in the disaster-affected community. Its simplicity accelerates training and set-up time.”

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Fresenius TheHub is Three Connected Applications in One

11/16/2019

TheHub, a new health platform to improve remote monitoring of home patients has three components: “PatientHub” is for lab results/meds and messaging care teams, “CareTeamHub,” is for daily monitoring and clinical decision support, and “ProviderHub,” is for real-time physician access to medical records from devices.

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Dialyze Direct is Marching into Maryland

10/14/2019

Offering turn-key home dialysis in skilled nursing facilities, Dialyze Direct provides gentler dialysis to a medically challenged patient population. Their model reduces recovery time after treatment and transportation burdens—while improving patients’ quality of life.

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Outset Outshines!

10/14/2019

Congratulations to Outset, which won a contract from the U.S. Health & Human Services Dept. for use of its Tablo hemodialysis systems in response to natural disasters.

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Davita Home Dialysis Connect

10/14/2019

Davita’s Home Dialysis Connect technologies aims to optimize care and and reduce isolation. The suite of products includes Bluetooth remote monitoring, two of three visits per quarter done virtually, online courses, a mobile app, and artificial intelligence to watch for high-risk patients.

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Baxter Sharesource Supports Success

10/14/2019

Rates of hospitalization dropped significantly (39%) and days dropped by 54% among patients managed with the Sharesource remote PD platform, vs. those who were not, finds a new Baxter study. The platform allows healthcare providers to review patients’ treatment data and adjust their settings—without a clinic visit.

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Dialyze Direct Staff-Assisted Home Dialysis Company Starts Innovation Lab

09/12/2019

From its roots offering nursing home dialysis, Dialyze Direct has noted gaps in dialysis efficiency—and is acting to close them by starting an Innovation Lab that is already collaborating on a project to use plasmapheresis to remove additional blood toxins, and a project with MIT to develop nanotechnology that will move dialysis closer to “true renal replacement.”

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“Amazing” Somatus Pilot to Treat ESRD Patients at Home

09/12/2019

Values-based kidney care company Somatus reports that its innovative pilot program of sending interdisciplinary care team members into patients’ homes and offering customized support and care plans has closed gaps in care and resulted in savings in its first performance year.

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Fresenius Invests in BioIntellisense AI Platform

09/12/2019

“We made this strategic investment in BioIntelliSense to enable our medical staff to more efficiently and effectively continuously monitor patients, facilitating precise and timely interventions and reducing cost to the system,” explains FMCNA CEO, Bill Valle.

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CVS Testing Drugstore Nephrology Nurses

09/12/2019

In a new care model with Aetna launched in six markets in April, CVS is piloting placing nurse practitioners at pharmacies to help identify and manage CKD and connect patients to the resources they need. As a home-first company, CVS has also developed a HealthHUB support system to help home patients stay home, reports Bruce Culleton, MD, Vice President and CMO for CVS Kidney Care.

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Dialyze Direct Expands Dialysis in Skilled Nursing Facilities

08/14/2019

Now in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas, Dialyze Direct allows patients to receive skilled nursing care and dialysis at the same site. This model reduces costs and is more compassionate for patients.

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HHS Secretary Alex Azar Obtains Baxter Commitment to Workers

08/14/2019

Azar joined Baxter CEO Joe Almeida, who signed the “Pledge to America’s Workers,” a commitment on the part of companies to train workers.

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Baxter Prepares to Bring the Benefits of PD to More Patients

07/15/2019

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AAKHI Aligns with DaVita Vision for Patient Care

07/15/2019

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Fresenius Heads Home and Looks Forward to AAKHI Initiatives

07/15/2019

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Fresenius Expands Home Dialysis Supplies

06/13/2019

A new distribution center to support home dialysis broke ground in Knoxville, TN, to help make it easier to support patients doing home dialysis therapies. The center will manufacture PD fluid and other home dialysis supplies.

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Thiry to Step Down as Davita CEO

05/15/2019

Javier Rodriguez will take over as CEO on June 1, replacing longtime chief Kent Thiry, who is retiring from the post after 20 years. Thiry will become the Executive Chairman of the DaVita Board of Directors.

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Northwest Kidney Centers Gets Bigger and Better

03/12/2019

Northwest Kidney Center, the nation’s 8th largest dialysis provider, opens its third new clinic in the region since last year, and the first in Pierce County, Washington.

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Fresenius and NxStage Seal the Deal

03/12/2019

Just last month, it was reported that the Fresenius purchase of NxStage would not be final until August. But, a couple of weeks ago, they finalized the acquisition. We hope this will be the start of a happy “marriage” that will improve the lives of U.S. dialyzors.

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Dialyze Direct

02/14/2019

Dialyze Direct LLC now owns Affiliated Dialysis Centers LLC, and the new combination means they are the largest U.S. provider of staff-assisted home HD in nursing homes.

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Fresenius Purchase of NxStage Delayed Until August by FTC

02/14/2019

The government shutdown delayed FTC approval of a Fresenius acquisition of NxStage Medical, Inc. The transaction is now expected to close in August 2019.

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R.I.P. Dr. Drake

01/11/2019

Nephrologist Richard F. Drake, MD, who worked with engineer Charlie Willock on the Drake-Willock dialysis machine in the 1960s, died on Nov. 26, 2018 at the age of 85.

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Fresenius Still Awaits FTC Approval to Buy NxStage Medical

01/11/2019

The company expects the delayed transaction to close early this year.

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Baxter 2019 PD University for Surgeons and Interventional Radiologists

01/11/2019

Surgeons and interventionists can learn to put in PD catheters in Aurora, CO; Surgeons on Monday, March 4 (www.pdusurgeons.com), and Interventionists on Tuesday, March 5

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Rogosin Opens Home Dialysis Training Center in Brooklyn

12/14/2018

Congrats to Rogosin on launching the first freestanding home-only program in the NYC area! The new clinic will train both staff and dialyzors in PD and home HD.

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Dialysis Clinic on Wheels

10/12/2018

Outset is moving ahead to get its Tablo Hemodialysis System to market. The Tablo is designed for acute and chronic markets, and needs just an electrical outlet and tap water. Read the story.

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Sept. 12 – Learn About Urgent Start PD—and Earn a Free CE Credit

09/11/2018

A Fresenius Medical Education Webex that is open to all will discuss optimal PD starts, how to identify candidates for urgent start PD, factors in success, chronic dialysis, and transitioning to HD. Preregister here for the session at 3pm Eastern time:https://www.cvent.com/events/medical-education-webex-series/event-summary-d2ca127a10594ddfb52335b657b58bb2.aspx

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New DCI Clinic in Albany Would Offer Home Training & Support

08/13/2018

Hudson Falls patients won’t have to travel outside their county for treatment if a new DCI clinic is approved by the state of NY.

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Fresenius Brings Home Therapies to West Virginia

08/13/2018

Morgantown, WV is the new home of a brand spanking new Fresenius clinic that offers home and in-center treatments.

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Motley Fool Speculates About Fresenius Purchase of NxStage

06/12/2018

Will NxStage stock price volatility affect he sale of NxStage to purchaser Fresenius Medical Care? Time will tell, and revenues are up, but profits are not.

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Go Big AND Go Home with Northwest Kidney Centers!

05/11/2018

NKC is now the proud owner of 4 acres of land at SeaTac for a new dialysis clinic! The new site will serve 150 patients and offer CKD education and home dialysis training.

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DaVita Celebrates a Year of Podcasts

05/11/2018

Since April of 2017, a succession of luminaries have spoken as part of a DaVita Medical Insights series that includes topics related to home dialysis.

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Fresenius and the 'Nx' Stage Of Growth

05/11/2018

A business article describes Fresenius as a “top player,” that makes well thought out acquisitions—most recently NxStage—which is viewed as an attempt to grow its PD business.

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NxStage Shared its Knowledge at the ADC

04/12/2018

NxStage presented seven different abstracts at the March ADC meeting in Orlando, reporting on the option of using the System One in nursing homes, patient preferences for solo home HD, a reduced risk of intradialytic hypotension with home HD, and more.

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New Baxter PD Cycler in Korea

04/12/2018

Korean dialysis patients have a new automated PD option: Baxter launched its new Homechoice Claria, a smaller cycler with improved functions, including ShareSource, cloud-based communication of treatment information to the healthcare team. The new machine even minimizes alarms during sleep.

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Fresenius a “Top Performer” in its Sector

04/12/2018

Fresenius Medical Care is a leader in the MedTech sector, with a “Buy” rating from Zacks. An international company with a diversified product range, both revenue and net income to shareholders is expected to rise.

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Davita Educational Tools You Might Not Be Aware Of

03/16/2018

DaVita web tools can help determine the risk of kidney disease, learn about CKD, follow a kidney-friendly diet, cook new meal options—and find out about home dialysis options.

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NW Kidney Centers is Growing

02/15/2018

NW Kidney Centers plans 3 new centers this year, one in Fife, and two in Federal Way. These are areas where kidney failure is on the rise, and the demand for dialysis services continues to increase.

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NxStage Voluntary Sak Recall

02/15/2018

Higher levels of endotoxin than NxStage tolerates were found in less than 1% of affected sak lots, so they notified patients who had those lots and issued a voluntary recall. An FDA recall was not required.

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Insights Into the Kidney Market

01/11/2018

The Berkshire-Hathaway BusinessWire predicts increasing demand for dialysis in general and PD in particular for 2017-21.

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Home HD with NxStage Boosts Transplant Chances

01/11/2018

More than 5,000 people have received a kidney transplant after doing more frequent home HD with a NxStageⓇ System One—a rate 14% higher than among those who do standard in-center HD.

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Northwest Kidney Centers Receives High Marks

11/13/2017

NKC is still going strong after 55 years of service, with high star rankings, a 4% increase in treatments delivered, $15M of research pledges, mobile palliative care, and much more. The first place in the U.S. to receive dialysis is still among the best! Read the story.

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PD-First Program For Baxter Employees and Families

11/13/2017

Baxter employees and their covered family members can develop CKD, too. Starting January 1, 2018, they will be eligible for case management and a monthly self-care payment. Read the story.

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Fresenius Buys NxStage

11/13/2017

NxStage shareholders have approved a merger agreement with Fresenius Medical Care, which is expected to take place in 2018. Read the story.

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Satellite Optimal Transitions Program to Boost PD and Home HD

10/13/2017

A new Optimal Transitions (OT) program is aimed to help people with new onset kidney failure learn about their disease and fit a treatment option to their lives. During the first 1-4 weeks of dialysis, intensive education is offered, and the care team helps patients make a modality choice based on their goals.

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Attending the ASN Meeting in New Orleans?

10/13/2017

Attending the ASN Meeting in New Orleans? Visit the MEI Booth! Each year, the non-profit MEI, which runs Home Dialysis Central, exhibits at ASN to raise awareness of resources to support patient-centered care and home therapies. If you’ll be there, stop by booth #1439 and see what’s new!

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Happy Anniversary!

08/17/2017

Nxstage celebrated 10 years on HHD with more than 100 patients who used the System One for a decade or longer.

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Buy Fresenius

08/17/2017

It’s no surprise to find that acquisitions have been long been driving this company’s ambitious growth strategy. Last year, the company spent $367M. (Editor’s note: And, they’ve already well exceeded that for this year!)

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Early Sharesource Findings

07/14/2017

Sharesource is Baxter’s cloud-based, remote PD patient management system. In a study of 399 patients followed for a year, 30% were non-adherent during the early months of PD. The company is hopeful that the system will shed light on early PD dropout.

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Up, Up, and Away

07/14/2017

A business analyst rated Baxter stock a strong BUY, as the PD market has an attractive growth rate in the range of 5% to 6%, and the option is flexible and allows a more normal life.

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All Systems Go for NxStage Next Generation

06/12/2017

The next generation of the Nxstage System One received FDA approval. A new touchscreen user interface and integrated blood pressure monitor are designed to enhance ease of use for home HD.

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On the Grow Again

05/10/2017

DaVita Kidney Care closed its acquisition of Colorado-based Renal Ventures Management LLC on May 1, adding 31 dialysis centers in six states.

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Fresenius Continues to Expand

05/10/2017

Europe’s largest publicly traded medical group continues its 10-year expansion, buying up hospitals and pharmaceutical companies.

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NxStage Stock Receives a Third Buy Rating in a Row

04/12/2017

BTIG, Piper Jaffray, and Northland Securities have all assigned Buy ratings to NxStage, which trades as NXTM on the NASDAQ. In the past quarter, more insiders have been buying the stock.

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Follow the Path Home

04/12/2017

Satellite had TEN presentations at last month’s Annual Dialysis Conference, including a Keynote address at the Home HD preconference workshop, and an award-winning nursing abstract. The meeting was attended by Satellite’s PATHFinders—patient liaisons who help bridge the way home.

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A New Doctor in the House

02/08/2017

Northwest Kidney Centers has appointed Dr. Suzanne Watnick of Portland as chief medical officer.

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…And a Penny Earned

02/08/2017

Baxter saw its earnings rise by 19% to 44 US cents a share, up from 37 US cents a share at the same stage a year earlier.

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A Penny Saved…

02/08/2017

Davita and Fresenius have each reached agreement with the Federal government on underpayments for services to Veterans, netting them a combined total of more than $500M.

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Kudos to DCI: Lowest Hospital & Death Rates 14 Years Running!

12/09/2016

The largest non-profit U.S. dialysis provider beats the big guys when it comes to keeping people alive—and out of the hospital—finds the most recent United States Renal Data System Annual Data Report.

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A Fresh Start

12/09/2016

Patients who are starting dialysis, especially if they “crash” in with little advanced warning, have emotional and educational needs that are rarely met. NxStage suggests a new approach that can make a difference.

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Welcome Aboard!

12/09/2016

Satellite welcomes Robert Fahlman to its Board of Directors. The CEO of Preferred Homecare/Lifecare Solutions, Fahlman has more than 30 years of experience in health care executive management, and his dedication to bettering health outcomes for patients will serve Satellite well.

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NxStage is Trending Toward Profitability

11/10/2016

People laughed at Jeff Bezos for years before he laughed his way to the bank with Amazon! NxStage is not in the black yet—but is posting better sales and a narrower net loss than expected.

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Baxter Innovation Wins the Day!

11/10/2016

Baxter's new AMIA automated peritoneal dialysis cycler—the smallest and lightest weight PD cycler ever—won the Chicago Innovation Award.

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Satellite Leads the Way

11/10/2016

CMS ratings show that Satellite Healthcare’s philosophy of improving life for people living with kidney disease by humanizing dialysis pays off! Satellite leads the industry with the highest percentage of top-rated dialysis centers among the 10 largest national dialysis providers.

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Home Dialysis Training Center Comes to Central PA

10/13/2016

Fresenius has opened a new home dialysis training in a former bank building in East Pennsboro Township. Besides training for home therapies, the center will also contain pharmacy and education services.

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Dialysis Clinic Inc. Goes for the Gold.

09/14/2016

DCI has been awarded first place for their Lexington’s Home Therapy program’s Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement awards. Congratulations!

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NxStage Keeps Innovating

09/14/2016

NxStage plans to roll out an enhanced priming feature and a lineup of other products, including a next-generation touchscreen user interface with integrated blood pressure monitor in late 2016, followed by an on-demand bicarb fluid system, and a PD system expected to launch by late 2017.

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New Satellite-Baxter Collaboration

09/14/2016

Satellite Healthcare will integrate Baxter’s latest technology in PD, HD, and continuous renal replacement therapy into service offerings for their 7,000+ patients. Both companies are committed to moving patients home by providing state of the art technology to patients.

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Davita Shines in the Kitchen.

08/09/2016

Recently Davita launched a collection of renal recipes that allow those on a kidney diet to enjoy their favorite restaurant dishes at home, focusing on portion control, fresh ingredients, flavorful seasonings, and limited sodium, potassium, and phosphorus.

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Baxter’s REVACLEAR Dialyzer May Offer New Benefits

08/09/2016

A new study of 37,500 HD patient records found that use of a REVACLEAR high flux dialyzer was linked to the need for 100 to 600 fewer units of ESA per treatment than matched patients who used an Optiflux® 160 or 180 dialyzer. Researchers also noted a trend toward lower IV iron doses with the Revaclear—while keeping the same HD dose and hemoglobin level.

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Redsense is on the Rise

07/12/2016

Dialysic Clinics, Inc. has placed an initial order with Redsense for blood leak detectors to use in nocturnal dialysis.

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Baxter Advances PD in Canada

07/12/2016

Baxter introduces Canada to the AMIA PD cycler, which features animated graphics and automated step-by-step instructions with voice guidance, and is designed to address the efficiency of home PD therapy.

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New Satellite Clinic Launched in…

07/12/2016

Satellite opens a new dialysis clinic in Memphis to train HHD patients.

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Dialysis Where the Home is

07/12/2016

DaVita offers 12 in-center dialysis stations and two home training rooms at Woodland Hills, bringing comprehensive kidney care close to home for Seniors in an independent or assisted living community.

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Fresenius Advances Critline Technology

06/08/2016

The new CLiC device is a step forward in the evolution of volume management during HD.

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Baxter Bullish on Home Dialysis

06/08/2016

Baxter expects the $13.4B home dialysis market to grow to $17 billion by 2021.

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On the Move Again

05/12/2016

Nxstage opens two more Kidney Care Centers in the Baltimore MD area. The new clinics in Linthicum Heights and Timonium offer in-center HD, PD, daily and nocturnal home HD, and respite care—along with home trainin, travel assistance, and help to navigate the transplant system.

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Dialysis Giant Reinvents Itself

05/12/2016

Fresenius Kidney Care will focus on customers’ unique health care needs, starting with the launch of a new, user-friendly website and new social media channels on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

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DSI + U.S. Renal Care

04/12/2016

It’s a done $640 million deal, says the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. Satellite Healthcare will pick up three DSI clinics in Laredo, TX that must be divested.

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Nxstage Goes North of the Border

04/12/2016

For Manitoba HHD patients, the new availability of the NxStage System One is a game-changer. Blair Waldvogel and his familiy look forward to taking the portable machine on U.S. vacations, instead of having to pay high treatment fees in American clinics.

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Satellite Opens Fourth Tennessee Clinic

04/12/2016

Chickasaw Gardens, TN, is the site of Satellite Healthcare’s fourth Tennessee dialysis clinic. Opened in partnership with fellow non-profit University Clinical Health, the new clinic aims to help the Memphis area’s African American community

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NxStage: System One in the Driver’s Seat

03/10/2016

NxStage performance improvements were driven by its products business, particularly outperformance from the System One cycler, in home and critical care markets.

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Fresenius Enters Japanese Dialysis Market

03/10/2016

German dialysis provider Fresenius Medical Care has acquired Japan's largest dialysis group with about 6,000 patients.

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DaVita Reports QIP Results

03/10/2016

Davita is the clinical leader in the Medicare Quality Incentive Program (QIP) for the third year in a row.

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NxStage Brings Home Dialysis to Memphis

02/09/2016

NxStage Kidney Care opened its first Memphis clinic, and is working to get the word out about the benefits of home dialysis.

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Baxter and Toronto’s University Health Network Fund HHD Training

02/09/2016

Nephrology fellows who want to learn how to support home HD can get the chance, thanks to a new partnership announced by the International Society of Nephrology. Advanced clinical education, and improving skills and knowledge will benefit the fellows and their home clinics.

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Home Sweet Home at Satellite!

02/09/2016

At Satellite, 22% of patients use a home option—and CEO Rick Barnett plans significant further growth. “Patients do better at home. They feel better. They often times still work. And they have less hospitalization compared to in-center patients,” Barnett notes.

And, congratulations to Satellite for 7 years of “Gentle Night Dialysis”—their in-center nocturnal HD program is serving 500 patients at 10 locations and improving their lives. Read the article.

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Hints of What the Future Holds

01/10/2016

NNI summarizes the advances made in kidney care, and what looms on the horizon, NxStage, Debiotech and Baxter, Outset Medical are all working on innovative new dialysis machines.

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Non-profit Satellite Healthcare Gives Back

01/10/2016

Satellite donated money, gifts, and food to other non-profits in areas where their clinics are located in a “12 days of giving” program over the holidays. Employees raised money to make donations as well.

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Home Treatments Help Fuel Global Dialysis Growth

12/10/2015

The global dialysis market is expected to grow by more than 25% in the next 5 years, from $70 billion now to 93 billion by 2020, with home dialysis and the Asia-Pacific market offering the greatest opportunities.

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NxStage Affirms Commitment to Provide Dialysis to US Military

12/10/2015

NxStage can and will provide dialysis at combat support hospitals to help wounded soldiers recover.

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Someone is Getting More Profitable…

11/11/2015

The Motley Fool says that NxStage had a great third quarter: a 15% jump in revenue and just 25% of the net losses compared to the same quarter last year. Critical care use of the NxStage System one and home HD are driving the company’s growth.

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Will Baxter’s New, Lightweight Amia Cycler Have Enough PD Solution?

11/11/2015

The Amia, premiered at the ASN meeting in San Diego, has a touch screen, voice control, and two-way “Sharesource” connectivity so users and their care teams can communicate with each other. And, we were told at the ASN booth that the new Amia weighs just 18 lbs. and comes complete with a travel case! But, it uses Baxter’s solutions, and cycler solutions remain in short supply.

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Fresenius Will Ramp Up PD Solution Production to Ease National Shortage

11/11/2015

The good news: once expansions to the production line of the Fresenius plant in Knoxville is up and running, it will increase production of PD solution to ease the Baxter shortage—and ensure that people can obtain their choice of treatment. The bad news: The new line will not start up until 2017.

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Home dialysis training program opens in IL

10/15/2015

If you happen to live in or near Homer Glen, IL and want to do PD or home HD, you’re in luck. The new Home Dialysis Services (HDS) training facility even offers staff-assisted home treatments.

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Tablo teaser

10/15/2015

Wondering what the new Tablo home HD machine will do when it comes out? Apparently, it will play music and let users see their data.

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New Baxter PD cycler released in the US

10/15/2015

The FDA has approved Baxter’s AMIA cycler. Equipped with voice guidance, a touchscreen panel with animated graphics, and web-based, two-way communication, the new cycler will let nephrologists adjust PD prescriptions remotely.

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Satellite moves to 100% single-use dialyzers

10/15/2015

Each dialyzor will get a fresh, new filter for each HD treatment at Satellite now. “By employing only single-use dialyzers, we’re able to eliminate the risk of cross-utilization or exposure to chemical or bacterial contamination,” explains Chief Medical Officer Brigitte Schiller.

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NxStage Celebrates 10 Years with Patient Milestones

09/11/2015

To mark the 10-year anniversary of the first portable home HD machine, NxStage is sharing inspiring stories all summer on its Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/NxStage.

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Satellite and NxStage Collaborate on Freedom Tour

09/11/2015

One of the best ways to see how much better home treatments can be is to meet someone who is doing them. Full-time construction estimator and project manager Elias Arciniega has five children, never missed a field trip, and does home HD. He and his family are spending a week in Santa Cruz, CA to show others how home HD works and educate people about its benefits.

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Satellite WellBound Honors 30+ Year Dialyzor

09/11/2015

Diagnosed with kidney failure in 1969, Gustavo Herrera Castaneda has been on dialysis for decades, minus 3 years for a transplant. More than 10 of those years have been at Satellite WellBound of Modesto, CA, doing home HD.

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Nephrologists: Hemodialysis University has a half day on home HD.

08/09/2015

Oct. 2-3 in Chicago. Register here.

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Global PD Growth Expected

08/09/2015

Market analysts expect a 4.4% global growth rate for PD products and services over the next 5 years.

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Home HD Resources and Customer Service in Spanish

08/09/2015

The entire NxStage website has been translated into Spanish, and the company has added Spanish-speaking customer service representatives to encourage the 30% or so of US patients who speak Spanish to consider home dialysis.

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NxStage Hints at Innovation Pipeline for 2016

08/09/2015

The NxStage System One is now 10 years old, and CEO Jeff Burbank shared plans for a next generation home HD system, PD, and in-center HD during a financial call.

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Space-saving New Option for Fresenius 2008K@ Home Users

08/09/2015

A new online dry form of bicarbonate called BiBag can save precious storage space for users of the Fresenius 2008K @ Home machine. Replacing large, heavy jugs, the smaller, lighter BiBag is also “greener”, more convenient, and reduces the risk of contamination with germs.

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NxStage celebrates 10-year anniversary of the System One

07/08/2015

All summer, NxStage will share stories on Facebook and their own website about how people’s lives have been improved by home HD using the System One—like Jenna Smith, who finished college and became a 3D digital modeler.

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Who is happy about the new home HD vs. PD survival study?

07/08/2015

We bet that you can guess that NxStage is pretty excited about the terrific 5-year survival outcomes of home HD—especially since nocturnal HD (which is much more like the treatment done in Australia and New Zealand) has finally been approved in the US.

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DaVita to offer home HD in Bengaluru, India

07/08/2015

DaVita Healthcare Partners will provide equipment and facilities to offer pre- and post-dialysis care and home HD in a partnership with Nightingale Home Health Services, which will offer nursing care. People who use dialysis in India must pay for the treatments themselves.

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How to Save 221 Million Gallons of Water a Year

06/10/2015

California uses 1.2 billion gallons of water a year for dialysis. Transitioning 20% of standard in-center HD users in California to NxStage would reduce water usage by a lot of swimming pool’s worth! Check out their infographic for details.

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Remote-enhanced PD Technology Would Boost Confidence

06/10/2015

Baxter presented survey data from 500+ healthcare providers and consumers at the ERA-EDTA meeting demonstrating that remote monitoring in a PD cycler is a plus that would enhance confidence and control among professionals, and provide more security to users.

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NxStage has been busy…

05/09/2015

Just this month, NxStage has established a new scientific advisory board and opened a new clinic in Parkland, FL and one in Pittsburgh.

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New NxStage Kidney Care clinic opens in Greenbelt, MD

04/10/2015

The newest NxStage Kidney Care dialysis clinic, located between Baltimore, MD, and Washington DC, will offer short daily and nocturnal home HD, in-center flex care, and short-term respite care using the NxStage machine, along with PD.

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CE Mark in Europe approves a PD cycler and web platform

04/10/2015

Baxter’s HomeChoice Claria PD cycler is integrated with the Sharesource web-based connectivity platform. This allows the healthcare team to remotely monitor the treatments and adjust the prescription as needed. The new platform is more intuitive to use and can save clinics time by reducing the need to enter data by hand.

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RPA awards 2015 Patient Safety Award to…

04/10/2015

At the annual Renal Physician’s Association meeting in Baltimore, MD, Satellite Healthcare received the organization’s 2015 Patient Safety Award, in recognition of their ongoing efforts to ensure that their patients lead better lives.

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Satellite founder Norm Coplon remembered

04/10/2015

A dialysis center at Yosemite National Park, La-Z-Boy recliners instead of hospital beds, and dialyzor trips to Hawaii and Alaska were just a few of the patient-centered choices that Dr. Norm Coplon, founder of the non-profit Satellite Healthcare, is remembered for. The beloved innovator’s vision still guides the organization, though Dr. Coplon passed away at home at age 77, in January.

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Guess who’s opened two more home-friendly dialysis clinics?

03/11/2015

NxStage Kidney Care, that’s who! The new clinics in the Boston area, which offer PD, short daily, and nocturnal HD as well as flexible in-center treatments and short-term respite care are close to the NxStage mother ship in Lawrence, MA.

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Bigger revenues; smaller losses

03/11/2015

Driven by gains in home HD with the System One cycler and the approval of nocturnal home HD, NxStage had higher revenues and smaller losses than expected for 2014—and has plans for an updated HD machine and PD.

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NxStage Hosts Nocturnal Home HD Panel at the ADC

02/10/2015

Now that the FDA has finally approved the NxStage System One for nocturnal home HD, the company can talk about it. Read the press release about their information session.

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Northwest Kidney Centers dialysis museum makes unique list

01/08/2015

In the basement of one of the NKC clinics in Seattle, you’ll find fascinating dialysis relics like the suitcase dialysis machine—a fact that added the exhibits to the AP’s story about weird museums. Not planning a trip to Seattle? See it here.

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Dialysis Company Co-founded by a Dialyzor Plans India Expansion

01/08/2015

Kamal Shah, the first nocturnal home HD user in India co-founded NephroPlus and is its patient services director. The company is planning to expand and offer more services in India.

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A DaVita Trend Worth Watching…

01/08/2015

DaVita dialysis clinics reduced water usage by 20% in 2014, saving an estimated 350 million gallons. DaVita also has a “Village Green” plan in place to reduce energy use. Maybe these efforts will expand to solar and home dialysis energy savings as well?

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New Fresenius Clinic Has Room for Home Training

01/08/2015

Replacing a 20-year old clinic with a brand spanking new one has benefits that extend to more options for dialysis. In Casa Grande, AZ, the new clinic will offer training for home treatments that weren’t possible in the smaller, older one.

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Two new NxStage Kidney Care clinics

11/07/2014

NxStage Kidney Care held a grand opening for its new South Orlando center in Florida on November 7, and plans to host an opening for its Oak Brook, IL center on November 20th. Both centers offer flex in-center HD as well as PD, home HD, and respite care for home dialyzers.

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And, the winner is…

11/07/2014

With more than 4,000 votes from dialyzors, care partners, and colleagues, Nancy Lisak—an RN who also has CKD—became the first winner of NxStage’s Nurse Hero campaign.

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And, the New Satellite CEO Is…

10/07/2014

Satellite certainly does a great job of staff retention—former CEO Mark Burke stayed for 23 years. Newly appointed President and CEO Rick J. Barnett brings 30 years of Califorina hospital and ambulatory care experience to his new role, much of it with non-profits. The Satellite board is excited about Barnett’s passion for improving healthcare.

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Sequencing ESRD Treatments for a Longer Life

10/07/2014

As the new VP of Clinical Affairs for Home Modalities at DaVita, Martin Schreiber Jr., MD, takes a long-term, home-first view with a focus on what order may be best to help people live as long and well as possible after kidney failure. While he is still learning the ropes at DaVita, it will certainly be worth watching what he does next.

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HD with Half the Needles!

10/07/2014

With the newly FDA-approved NxStage OneSite device, HD can be done with just one special needle instead of two—for less pain and a longer-lasting access. OneSite offers a sharp and a buttonhole option, and, with just one needle, dislodgement will set off an alarm and shut down the blood pump for less bleeding risk. Seems like winner.

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New Florida home dialysis clinic is not Micky Mouse

09/05/2014

But, it’s nearby! NxStage has opened a new clinic in Orlando—just 12 miles away from Disney World. Offering PD, home HD, and in-center HD, the new clinic is the third for NxStage.

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Who is doing well in the home dialysis marketplace?

09/05/2014

If you guessed NxStage, you’re right! Their revenues are up—and this time from the sales of the System One cycler. That’s good news for home dialyzers.

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The latest update on the PD solution shortage

09/05/2014

By now, you have no doubt heard that Baxter has not been able to meet the demand for PD solution in the US, and has asked clinics to start only 25% of their usual number of new clients on PD as a result—through the end of 2014. Now, they have signed an agreement with Fresenius to help, and ISPD has weighed in on the challenge.

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NxStage Freedom tour brings home HD knowledge to the east coast

08/05/2014

Home dialysis user Charissa Rice and transplant recipient (and former NxStage user) Harvey Wells are touring from Massachusetts to North Carolina in an RV and demonstrating home HD along the way.

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Who has stepped into Dr. John Moran’s shoes for DaVIta home dialysis?

08/05/2014

DaVita has tapped Dr. Martin Schreiber, from the Cleveland Clinic, to step up as Vice President of Clinical Affairs for home dialysis. With 40 years of nephrology experience and a patient-centered approach to care, Dr. Schreiber looks to be a terrific choice.

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NxStage is changing the way dialysis is offered

06/05/2014

With patient-centered care, access to home treatments, and flexible in-center options, NxStage’s new Jacksonville, FL clinic is unusual in a good way. Learn more about it.

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Learn about HD & get CE/CME credits in Chicago, August 15-16

06/05/2014

Are you an MD? RN? Fellow? PCT? The International Society for Hemodialysis (ISHD) is pairing up with Network Strategies & Innovations to hold a Hemodialysis University training weekend, and topics include home HD. Learn from thought leaders, network, and earn credits. Register today!

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What can a Centurion do for you?

05/06/2014

The FDA has approved a portable dialysis water treatment system by Ameriwater that can be used in the home! The new Centurion disinfects using heat and has a built-in UF device that makes water even more clean than ultrapure.

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NxStage is doing WHAT, now?

05/06/2014

NxStage is ramping up to open more dialysis clinics of its own (aiming for as many as 15 by the end of 2014), and the centers will offer PD as well as HD.

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One of our sponsors is celebrating an anniversary!

05/06/2014

Home Dialysis Central congratulates Satellite Healthcare on 40 years of top notch patient care! Started in 1974 by Dr. Norm Coplon, the non-profit provider now has 65 clinics in the US.

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How did YOU celebrate National Home Hemodialysis Day?

04/09/2014

NxStage has designated March 20 as National Home Hemodialysis Day, and mailed green wristbands to each NxStage user to help support their new NxStage + One patient-to-patient outreach program.

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One of our sponsors is a Workplace Hero!

04/09/2014

The Northeast Chapter of the American Red Cross has given NxStage a 2014 Workplace Hero Award for being a good corporate citizen and supporting the communities of Northeast MA, where the company is sited, through community events to help the disadvantaged.

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Joyce Jackson, CEO of Northwest Kidney Centers, Honored

03/07/2014

Seattle Business Magazine named Joyce Jackson an Outstanding Healthcare Executive of the Year, in recognition of her successful efforts to expand patient care, patient education, and research at the non-profit dialysis provider.

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Rubin Dialysis Clinics Plan Acquisition by DCI

03/07/2014

The three upstate NY-based Hortense and Louis Rubin Dialysis Centers—the biggest users of NxStage equipment in the US—will be sold to non-profit Dialysis Clinics Incorporated, with the proceeds used to support a new Rubin non-profit organization in the region. The sale is subject to approval by the NY State Department of Health.

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Somebody Had a Good Quarter!

03/07/2014

NxStage company revenues were up 7% in Q4 of 2013 over 2012, and annual revenue was up 9% in 2013 over 2012. In the home dialysis market, revenues rose by 12%—however, the net loss per share was $0.31 in 2013 vs. 0.26 in 2012.

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Who won a National Health Information Award for Educating Kidney Patients?

02/06/2014

MEI did! That's us: Medical Education Institute—the non-profit group that brings you Home Dialysis Central, and Help, I Need Dialysis—our award-winning book. Please contact your library today and request it so they will get a copy!

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University of Washington Integrates PD into Practice

01/08/2014

It's often easier to put patients on standard in-center HD. But, at the UW, there is a system in place to make PD an easy choice, too. Weekly PD clinics, a partnership with the Department of Surgery for special PD catheter placement training, and research make it happen.

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We Know How to Track Dialysis Nutrition Info Online. Do You?

01/08/2014

AAKP's free online MyHealth tracking program has gotten even better. Now, it includes a weekly food and nutrition log so you can track sodium, potassium, phosphorus, protein, fat, carbs, and calories! Sign up for an account today!

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Fellows: Learn about Home Dialysis

01/08/2014

Home Dialysis University, sponsored by the ISPD and Wake Forest University is offering 2.5 day workshops on PD and home HD starting January 26 (Costa Mesa, CA), February 16 (Dallas, TX), March 9 (Lake Buena Vista, FL), and May 4 (Rosemont, IL). Check out the agenda and sign up!

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A DCI home program won a national award for quality. Do YOU go there?

12/10/2013

Each year, DCI bestows a national Darwin Peterson Award on the home dialysis clinic with the highest overall quality. Congratulations, DCI Ball Square, from Sommerville, MA!

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A dialysis machine maker opened its first patient care clinic

11/06/2013

NxStage has opened a first-ever dialysis clinic in Des Peres, MO, under a new subsidiary called NxStage Kidney Care. The aim? To increase access to home therapies. The new clinic will offer flexible hours to better support patients and families. We hope they use our coverage maps to choose new sites! NxStage also launched a new patient education brochure.

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What has busy Satellite Healthcare been up to?

11/06/2013

San Jose' based Satellite Healthcare is a non-profit dialysis provider that has been a huge supporter of home therapies (and Home Dialysis Central!). We are delighted to learn that they have opened another new clinic in the Bay area, in Rohnert Park. But, that's not all! They've also launched a new venture, Satellite Health Plan, which is a Medicare Advantage plan that will enroll dialysis patients.

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What can the Fresenius Incident Command Team do for you?

11/06/2013

You can sleep better at night if you get dialysis through Fresenius. Last year's Hurricane Sandy was a successful test for their Incident Command Team (ICT), which plans for disasters. The ICT made sure 15,000 affected people got their life-saving treatments; answered hundreds of emergency hotline calls; kept 40 clinics running with generators; distributed gas, food, and water; and even supplied motor homes and supplies to employees who lost their homes in the storm.

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Uh oh - if you have ascites and use a Baxter Home Choice for PD, read this alert

11/06/2013

A possible software problem can lead to low blood pressure and "hemodynamic compromise" in those with ascites who use a Baxter Home Choice PD cycler. The newest software version gets rid of the option to bypass the drain cycle to prevent overfilling errors—but some patients who are already dry may be at risk. The article specifies Hong Kong patients.

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Nephrologists: How about an online daily HD dosing calculator!

10/02/2013

NxStage recently launched a new online tool to help make it easier for nephrologists to accurately prescribe more frequent home HD. You have to be a licensed doctor with a NxStage RX account to play with it, though. Go here to set one up: dosingcalculator.nxstage.com.

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The launch of daily home HD in this country may surprise you

10/02/2013

NephroPlus Kidney Care Centres in India—the brainchild of Kamal Shah, who may be the only person in India doing nocturnal home HD—now offers daily home HD at all of its 15 clinics. Daily home HD is especially appealing to working patients, though since it is more gentle than standard HD, others benefit from it as well. In India, most dialysis is self-funded; each daily HD treatment costs 999 Rupees, or just under $16.

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Our sponsor DCI did something amazing in 44 cities. Find out what it was!

10/02/2013

Thirty-five teams of non-profit DCI Project Purpose volunteers did free blood pressure and blood sugar screenings across the US for 2,100 people, and educated almost 4,000 people about chronic kidney disease. Oh, and they raised $14,000 for dialysis community programs, too. The chef from one local high school is so excited about the partnership with DCI that he wants to plan meals for special populations, with the help of a renal dietitian.

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Which dialysis market leader wants to help patients keep their jobs?

10/02/2013

Keeping a job after kidney failure can boost quality of life and reduce depression and hospitalization. DaVita announced a comprehensive care package for Houston, TX patients that includes offering a full array of work-friendly home options, flexible in-center schedules including in-center nocturnal treatments, transplant education, and more. We'd sure love to see that in the rest of the US.

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NxStage patients did WHAT?!

10/02/2013

On September 14, 2013, the 7th annual Tour DaVita 3-day, 220 mile (!!!) bike ride began through South Carolina. Three NxStage patients (and four NxStage managers) joined the ride to raise awareness of kidney disease and raise money for the non-profit Kidney Trust, which was started by DaVita.

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