Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Nephrology for November 2019. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.
U.S. Life Expectancy Dropped Since 2014 for Working-Age Adults
TUESDAY, Nov. 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) — U.S. life expectancy increased from 1959 to 2016 but has been decreasing since 2014, according to research published in the Nov. 26 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Electronic Health Record Usability Graded F by Physicians
FRIDAY, Nov. 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The usability of current electronic health records (EHRs) is classified as unacceptable, with physician-rated EHR usability independently linked to the odds of burnout, according to a study published online Nov. 14 in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
Use of Peritoneal Dialysis Up Since Medicare Payment Reform
FRIDAY, Nov. 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Following Medicare payment reform for dialysis, more patients started, stayed on, and switched to peritoneal dialysis (PD), according to a study published online Nov. 21 in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
Employee Premiums, Deductibles Eating Larger Share of Income
THURSDAY, Nov. 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) — During the last decade, health care costs have eaten up a larger share of income for millions of middle-class Americans with employer coverage, according to Trends in Employer Health Care Coverage, 2008-2018, a Nov. 21 report from The Commonwealth Fund.
White House Wants Hospitals, Insurers to Provide Actual Costs of Care
MONDAY, Nov. 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) — New rules requiring hospitals and insurers to disclose the actual prices for common tests and procedures before they are performed have been proposed by the Trump Administration.
Bipartisan Bill to Curb Drug Costs Backed by White House
MONDAY, Nov. 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) — A bipartisan Senate bill that would curb prescription drug costs is being backed by the Trump administration as a new poll shows that many Americans think the White House has done little to tackle the issue.
Survey of U.S. Registered Nurses Points to Worsening Shortages
THURSDAY, Nov. 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The 2019 AMN Healthcare Survey of Registered Nurses raises concerns about the outlook for the nursing profession in the United States.
Surgery for Congenital Heart Disease Tied to Kidney Disease
THURSDAY, Nov. 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The risk for mortality and end-stage kidney disease (ESKD) is high in children who undergo surgical repair for congenital heart disease compared with the general population, according to a study published in the October issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
Imaging Rates Continue to Rise Despite Efforts to Reduce
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Despite initiatives to reduce the use of medical imaging, rates continue to rise in both the United States and Ontario, Canada, according to a study recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Patient, Graft Survival Excellent for Twin Kidney Transplant
TUESDAY, Nov. 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Among identical-twin kidney transplants, patient and kidney graft survival rates are excellent, according to a study published online Oct. 9 in the American Journal of Transplantation.
Tx Choice for T2DM in Obese Teens Tied to Later Kidney Disease Risk
THURSDAY, Nov. 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) — For severely obese adolescents with type 2 diabetes (T2D), medical therapy is associated with increased odds of diabetic kidney disease (DKD) at five years compared with metabolic bariatric surgery, according to a study published online Nov. 4 in Diabetes Care.
ASN: Most Nephrology Fellows Would Recommend Specialty
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Perceptions of the nephrology job market continue to improve and most nephrology fellows would recommend the nephrology specialty, according to a report presented by the American Society of Nephrology.
Many Adult Health Problems Due to Adverse Childhood Experiences
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Preventing adverse childhood experiences could potentially prevent chronic conditions, depression, health risk behaviors, and poor socioeconomic outcomes among adults, according to research published in the Nov. 5 early-release issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
Medical Practices Burdened by Regulatory Requirements
TUESDAY, Nov. 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The vast majority of group medical practices report that regulatory requirements, including prior authorization and quality payment programs, are burdensome, according to a survey released by the Medical Group Management Association.
Seriously Ill Medicare Beneficiaries Face Financial Hardship
MONDAY, Nov. 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Seriously ill Medicare enrollees experience considerable financial distress, according to a report published in the November issue of Health Affairs.
Dr. Stephen Hahn Nominated to Head FDA
MONDAY, Nov. 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Radiation oncology expert Stephen Hahn, M.D., has been nominated as the new U.S. Food and Drug Administration commissioner.
Recommendations Developed to Address Clinician Burnout
FRIDAY, Nov. 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) — In Taking Action Against Clinician Burnout, a new report published online Oct. 23 by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, recommendations are presented to address clinician burnout.
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