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Clinical Trials in Surgery: A New Paradigm

Clinical Trials in Surgery: A New Paradigm

Randomized clinical trials are often considered the highest level on which medical care should be based.

Artificial Kidney Technology Moves Forward

Artificial Kidney Technology Moves Forward

If ESRD patients face increasing difficulty getting a kidney transplant in coming years, they may see an artificial kidney as the next best alternative.

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

Food Industry Needs to Reduce Sodium, FDA Says

Food Industry Needs to Reduce Sodium, FDA Says

The FDA has developed 2- and 10-year goals to reduce sodium content in both processed and prepared foods.

Nutrition Facts Label Revised

Nutrition Facts Label Revised

Added sugars, relevant portion sizes among the highlights of revision.

Low Salt Intake May Harm Cardiovascular Health, Study Says

Low Salt Intake May Harm Cardiovascular Health, Study Says

Researchers say restricting sodium might backfire, but heart experts are critical of the finding.

Practice Management

Transition to ICD-10 Going Smoothly? Not So Fast

Transition to ICD-10 Going Smoothly? Not So Fast

Providers are becoming more comfortable with the new system, so Medicare and other payers may scrutinize claims more closely.

Make Revenue Cycle Management More Efficient

Make Revenue Cycle Management More Efficient

Practice management systems (PMS) can be employed to maximize the time physicians spend on patient care.

Still Resisting EMRs? Here's How To Move Forward

Still Resisting EMRs? Here's How To Move Forward

Practices should get demos of the electronic medical record systems they are interested in and analyze the clinical and practice management aspects of these systems.

Legal Issues in Medicine

FDA's 'Breakthrough' Drug Designation Misunderstood

FDA's 'Breakthrough' Drug Designation Misunderstood

Many believe meds supported by stronger evidence than the law requires to achieve designation.

Legal Interpretation May Expose Doctors to Substantial Fines

Legal Interpretation May Expose Doctors to Substantial Fines

Case surrounds whether liability under IFPA can be based on what a practice should have known.

Health Care Apps Lack Good Privacy Policies

Health Care Apps Lack Good Privacy Policies

Nearly 80% of studied diabetes apps had no declared privacy policy.

HIPAA Compliance

Sharing Data With Others? Anonymity Is Crucial

Sharing Data With Others? Anonymity Is Crucial

Practices should review the list of 18 identifiers and remove each item before sharing data.

How to Select a Security Officer for Your Physician Practice

How to Select a Security Officer for Your Physician Practice

HIPAA requires physician offices to appoint a security officer, but a physician should not hold the position.

HIPAA Disclosure Rules Not As Strict As Widely Believed

HIPAA Disclosure Rules Not As Strict As Widely Believed

Patients' representatives, individuals designated to make medical decisions for them, have equal rights to access information under HIPAA.

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