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Progress to More Nuanced Medicine

Progress to More Nuanced Medicine

Medicine is making progress to refine patient care.

Medical Advancements Versus the Status Quo

Medical Advancements Versus the Status Quo

Medical research inherently seeks to improve approaches to clinical care.

Later HD, Less HD, No HD: A New Paradigm?

Later HD, Less HD, No HD: A New Paradigm?

Recent studies have cast doubt on the universal superiority of the conventional approach to dialysis.

Expert Q&A

The Promise of the New Hyperkalemia Drugs

The Promise of the New Hyperkalemia Drugs

Renal & Urology News interviewed Matthew R. Weir, MD, director of the division of nephrology and professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore.

In a New Light: NBI for Bladder Cancer

In a New Light: NBI for Bladder Cancer

Daniel Canter, M.D., discusses narrow-band imaging (NBI) for visualization of bladder cancer.

The Need for a Kidney Research Prize: Interview with Sharon Moe, MD

The Need for a Kidney Research Prize: Interview with Sharon Moe, MD

Dr. Moe spoke about the importance of nephrology research and how a prize competition can facilitate the process.

Renal Nutrition Update

25 Food Categories Account for Sodium Overload

25 Food Categories Account for Sodium Overload

A majority of sodium consumed was from food obtained at stores; however, sodium density was highest in food obtained at restaurants.

Obesity Inadequately Addressed in Medical Licensing Exams

Obesity Inadequately Addressed in Medical Licensing Exams

Important concepts of obesity prevention and treatment were poorly represented.

DASH Deemed Best Diet of the Year

DASH Deemed Best Diet of the Year

To receive top ratings, a diet has to be relatively easy to follow, nutritious, safe, effective for weight loss, and protective against diabetes and heart disease.

Practice Management

Managing Referrals and Payers to Grow a Physician Practice

Managing Referrals and Payers to Grow a Physician Practice

Specialists need to determine the kind of payers they have and the kind of payers they want.

Death Risk Up for Hospitalized Senior Pts Treated By Older Physicians

Death Risk Up for Hospitalized Senior Pts Treated By Older Physicians

Readmissions did not vary with physician age, while costs of care were slightly higher among older physicians.

How Medical Practices Can Improve Collection Rates

How Medical Practices Can Improve Collection Rates

Medical groups may need to address such issues as claims denials and failure to obtain prior authorization.

Legal Issues in Medicine

Patient Safety Info Open to Litigation, Court Rules

Patient Safety Info Open to Litigation, Court Rules

The PSQIA allows physicians and hospitals to share information about safety issues and incidents through a patient safety organization.

Reduce Your Risk of Medical Lawsuits

Reduce Your Risk of Medical Lawsuits

The risk of a primary care physician getting sued is 75%, the authors present 5 strategies to reduce the risk of lawsuits.

Physician-Assisted Suicide, Euthanasia Increasing Legalized

Physician-Assisted Suicide, Euthanasia Increasing Legalized

Public support for physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia has increased in Western Europe, while plateauing in the United States.

HIPAA Compliance

Safekeeping Patient Records Off-Site

Safekeeping Patient Records Off-Site

Among the first things practices should do is set up a check-out/check-in system.

Controlling Access to Health Information

Controlling Access to Health Information

Access control often is viewed as an IT-only job, but it is a shared responsibility.

Corrective Action Plans May Accompany HIPAA Fines

Corrective Action Plans May Accompany HIPAA Fines

In serious breach cases, the HHS Office for Civil Rights may impose CAPs to prevent breaches from recurring.

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