Archive for May, 2016

CMS 5 Star Rating System Misleading- Not Good for Patients, Clinics or Nephrologist

Saturday, May 7, 2016 | By William Tinker | No Comments

Several recent studies and papers point to problems in the much heralded CMS/Medicare 5 Star rating system which is meant to rate the quality of patient care and overall clinic standing using a Star Rating System with ratings from 1 to 5 stars. Articles written by Medical Staff, Administrators point to this system being generally ineffective in  giving real, workable numbers. The results are used by CMS in determining payments for care and are suppose to allow patients to rate overall care at their clinic using Dialysis Facility Compare.

The problem is that it only takes few wrongly or under or overstated figures to skew the results making them fairly unusable.

Additional stars in the rating system for dialysis facilities may not reflect increases in quality of care, according to an analysis presented at the National Kidney Foundation 2016 Spring Clinical Meetings

A concern of patients and those advocating for them is that clinics may feel pressure to rid themselves of those patient who are lowering their star rating.


Commonly used heartburn drugs may lead to kidney damage: study

Friday, May 6, 2016 | By William Tinker | No Comments

A recent article by Ashley Welch CBS News states.

Long-term use of a common type of medication used to treat heartburn, acid reflux, and ulcers may lead to an increased risk of kidney disease and kidney failure, new research shows.

The study, published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, adds to prior research that suggests proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs), a group of drugs which reduces gastric acid production, can lead to serious kidney damage.

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