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 [...]
Denise Kyle, a mother of two young children, shares her experience with NutriRite IDPN Nutritional Therapy. To view a PDF of the story, please visit http://oldpca.albatrossinc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Denise-Kyle-Testimonial.pdf.
April is National Donate Life Month! Patient Care America is proud to highlight one of our area sales managers, Tracy R. Howell, RD, who is also an altruistic anonymous living kidney donor. Read her story below, or click here to open the PDF.
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 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 [...]
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. [...]