Chronic Kidney Disease

Pre-ESRD Care, Insurance Type Linked

SAN FRANCISCO—Medicaid patients are less likely to have seen a nephrologist or kidney dietitian prior to starting renal replacement therapy (RRT) compared with patients covered by Medicare or employer group health insurance, data show.

Single Agent May Suffice To Decrease Albuminuria

Using a single drug to block the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) may be just as effective as using two drugs at decreasing albuminuria in hypertensive patients with microalbuminuria and elevated cardiovascular risks, data suggest. Dual RAAS blockade achieves greater BP reductions, however.

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