Jane S Davis

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OBJECTIVE This study evaluated the number of Stage 4 chronic kidney disease (CKD) education classes taught by physician assistants (PAs) and NPs. METHODS Descriptive analysis of data from the CMS Public Use File were calculated for 2010-2011 kidney disease education classes with particular focus on PAs and NPs. RESULTS In 2010, 4,580 individual and(More)
The passage of the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA) encouraged education for Stage 4 CKD patients by reimbursing qualified providers for formal instruction. This marked the first time Medicare reimbursed for kidney disease education. Although the law lays out specific requirements, it leaves much of the structure and content of(More)
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) and hypertension are intrinsically linked. Although 59% of the US population will be diagnosed with CKD during their lifetimes, mortality is usually due to a cardiovascular event. Sodium restriction and a combination of a renin-angiotensin-aldosterone medication and a calcium channel blocker are the most effective methods of(More)