CMS’s New 5-Star Rating System

By | 2018-01-29T20:20:56+00:00 January 29th, 2018|

CMS's New 5-Star Rating System By Vishal Bagchi MBA, RD, LD | Director of Medical and Scientific Affairs | Patient Care America In 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched the 5-Star Rating System as a part of the Dialysis Facility Compare (DFC) website at www.medicare.gov/dialysisfacilitycompare. On this site, clinics are rated on performance data, hospitalizations, mortality, transfusion rate, kt/v, hypercalcemia, fistula, and catheter rate. The site [...]

Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs) and Kidney Disease

By | 2018-01-29T16:49:33+00:00 April 16th, 2017|

Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs) and Kidney Disease By Vishal Bagchi MBA, RD, LD | Director of Medical and Scientific Affairs | Patient Care America Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs) are harmful compound in the body that are formed when protein and excess sugars bind. This process is part of life and happens normally in the body, [...]

IDPN Evolution Improves Patient and Clinical Staff Experience

By | 2018-01-29T16:48:54+00:00 April 14th, 2017|

IDPN Evolution Improves Patient and Clinical Staff Experience By Vishal Bagchi MBA, RD, LD | Director of Medical and Scientific Affairs | Patient Care America Intradialytic Parenteral Nutrition (IDPN) and Intraperitoneal Nutrition (IPN) are therapies that have been used for decades to treat malnourished dialysis patients. There is clinical evidence that supports its safety and efficacy. Originally [...]

Refeeding Syndrome: Can it Happen to Dialysis Patients?

By | 2018-01-29T16:30:02+00:00 April 13th, 2017|

Before we answer that question, let's first define Refeeding Syndrome (RF). RF is severe electrolyte and fluid shifts associated with metabolic abnormalities in malnourished patients undergoing refeeding, whether orally, enterally, or parenterally. The first documented cases were reported in 1949 when World War II soldiers were being rescued by allied troops, brought back and fed. [...]