Mae Thamer

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BACKGROUND/AIMS To compare mortality and cardiovascular risk in elderly dialysis patients with diabetes under two clinical strategies of anemia correction: maintaining hematocrit (Hct) between 34.5 and < 39.0% (high Hct strategy), and between 30.0 and <34.5% (low Hct strategy) using intravenous alpha epoetin. METHODS Observational data were used to(More)
BACKGROUND In March, 2007, a black box warning was issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to use the lowest possible erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESA) doses for treatment of anemia associated with renal disease. The goal is to determine if a change in ESA use was observed following the warning among US dialysis patients. METHODS ESA(More)
Medicaid is believed to serve as the major insurer for end stage renal disease (ESRD) patients who are ineligible for Medicare coverage. Demographics, receipt of dialysis services, and costs of Medicaid-only populations were compared with Medicare ESRD populations in California, Georgia, and Michigan. Notable differences in patient demographics, dialysis(More)
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