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CMS Announces New Initiative to Improve ESRD Care

Posted on Feb 04, 2013

On February 4, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new initiative designed to identify, test, and evaluate new ways to improve care for Medicare beneficiaries with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Through the Comprehensive ESRD Care initiative, CMS will partner with health care providers and suppliers to test the effectiveness of a new payment and service delivery model in providing these beneficiaries with patient-centered, high-quality care.

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Call for Participants in Nurses' Health Study

Posted on Jan 08, 2013

The Nurses' Health Studies are among the largest and longest running investigations of factors that influence women's health. Started in 1976 and still running, the information provided by the thousands of dedicated nurse participants has led to many new insights on health and disease. The studies have produced landmark data on cancer prevention, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and the effects of such lifestyle factors as diet and physical activity.

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ANNA Joins Alliance for Home Dialysis

Posted on Jan 07, 2013

ANNA has joined the Alliance for Home Dialysis, a group that promotes activities and policies that facilitate treatment choice in dialysis care. This Alliance seeks to identify and address systematic barriers that limit access for patients and their families to the many benefits of home dialysis therapy. The Alliance includes work groups focused on the following four areas: Accessibility, Accountability, Reimburse­ment, and Innovation.

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CDC Offers Continuing Education Course on Infection Prevention in Dialysis Settings

Posted on Dec 30, 2012

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created a new continuing education course, Infection Prevention in Dialysis Settings, for outpatient hemodialysis health care workers, including technicians and nurses. The 1-hour self-guided training course reviews the following topic areas:

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Unsafe Injection Practices Put Patients at Risk

Posted on Dec 28, 2012

An article in USA Today spotlights the risk of unsafe injection practices. Don't put your patient's health at risk by re-entering single use vials. USA Today reports: "Since 2001, more than 150,000 patients nationwide have been victims of unsafe injection practices, and two-thirds of those risky shots were administered in just the past 4 years, according to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."

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