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One of the strongest hurricanes in United States history is challenging home care and home health providers in Southwest and Central Florida. 

Hurricane Ian slammed into the West coast of Florida Wednesday afternoon as a powerful Category 4 hurricane, packing 150 mile-an-hour winds. The storm left more than 2.5 million Floridians without power Thursday. Power outages coupled with flooding, blocked roads and gasoline shortages made it difficult for home care agencies to deploy staff to clients’ homes throughout the region Thursday, according to Kyle Simon, director of government affairs and communication for the Home Care Association of Florida.

“I spoke to one agency who has a contract with a fuel company in Texas and he’s trying to figure out how to get that [fuel] over to the Naples area where his agency is located,” Simon told McKnight’s Home Care Daily Pulse. “Obviously with all of the other things that are happening with gas — fuel costs rising and everything — that is going to be a challenge for them.” 

In anticipation of the storm, Simon said many home care agencies moved vulnerable patients to shelters and other facilities. Agencies also had mutual aid agreements in place with other home care companies to provide care to patients if they were unable to do so. 

Dialysis concerns

Still, Ian has been a test for a healthcare industry increasingly moving care away from facilities and into homes. Fresenius Kidney Care mobilized response teams, including utility companies, to ensure that patients using home dialysis machines could get power and water restored quickly in the event of outages. Patients using Fresenius’ NxStage home hemodialysis machines could also switch to bagged dialysate — a fluid made up of water, electrolytes and salts — instead of using tap water, a Fresenius spokesman told McKnight’s Home Care Daily Pulse in an email. 

But some dialysis patients may not be able to stay in their homes. Dialyze Direct, which provides in-home dialysis services to approximately 140 patients in Florida skilled nursing facilities, is working with the Florida Office of Emergency Management to help dislocated patients if necessary.

“If a patient is being evacuated to any of our locations, we will work with them to see what we can do to help them locally to continue dialysis,” Dialyze Direct President Josh Rothenberg told McKnight’s Home Care Daily Pulse.

Worsening workforce shortage?

Ian could have other repercussions for healthcare providers, if it takes weeks or even months for the region to recover. Displaced workers could decide not to return to their homes or their jobs — exacerbating a caregiver shortage that was a crisis long before the hurricane hit.

“I hope it’s not the straw that is going to break the camel’s back,”  Simon said.

BROOKLYN, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Dialyze Direct, the nation’s leading provider of home hemodialysis and physiologic dialysis services in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), announced today that the company, together with UMC Health System (UMC) in Lubbock, Texas, an award-winning public hospital and primary teaching hospital of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, has committed to bringing onsite dialysis options to patients who require renal therapy at SNFs throughout West Texas.

Dialysis patients in Lubbock County and West Texas will benefit from this arrangement, giving them an option to receive staff-assisted in-patient dialysis while receiving treatment in an SNF. Onsite, staff-assisted more frequent dialysis (MFD) has been shown to provide patients with better outcomes than traditional dialysis. These include quicker recovery time after treatment (often less than 2 hours), reduced rehospitalization and emergency room visits, elimination of long travel times to outpatient centers and improved quality of life.

Furthermore, the arrangement also provides benefits to the hospital by simplifying the discharge process for skilled nursing patients, accelerating the admissions procedure and improving the continuity of care throughout a patient’s journey from UMC to the SNF to potentially returning home.

“It has been our goal to bring superior dialysis care options to another great Texas community,” said Ben Williams, vice president of patient services at Dialyze Direct. “We are thrilled that the Lubbock region, with the help of UMC Health System, now has dialysis options at Lubbock Hospitality and Lakeside of Lubbock.”

As Kyle Galyean, director of social services at UMC Health System put it, “There is a strong need in Lubbock and surrounding communities for this type of collaboration; we are excited to see the benefits realized for our patients and skilled nursing partners.”

About UMC Health System

UMC Health System, a national award-winning health system comprised of over 4,700 team members and more than 30 care locations, partners with Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center to provide the best healthcare to West Texas and Eastern New Mexico. For patients managing a chronic condition, dealing with an unexpected illness or simply working to stay healthy, UMC is passionate about healing and keeping West Texans well.

About Dialyze Direct

Founded in 2015, Dialyze Direct is a leading kidney care innovation company that seeks breakthrough solutions for patients suffering from kidney disease. With a mission to build the next generation of kidney care, Dialyze Direct leverages its leading nephrology specialists to develop new methods and technology to evolve the treatment options nephrologists have at their disposal. Dialyze Direct pioneered significant changes to the existing treatment model for dialysis patients in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), in which many of the most medically challenging subsets of dialysis patients reside and has grown to become the nation’s largest provider of home dialysis in the SNF setting. Dialyze Direct’s innovative staff-assisted home hemodialysis treatment model entails a gentler, personalized treatment plan comprised of meticulously crafted protocols designed to tackle the unique fluid management challenges of geriatric dialysis patients, resulting in increased overall patient health and reduced hospitalizations while substantially decreasing costs for payers. Dialyze Direct currently operates in 14 states with new operations launching soon in additional states

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Nicholas Gaffney 
ngaffney@zumado.com 
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BROOKLYN, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Dialyze Direct, the nation’s leading provider of home hemodialysis services in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), is pleased to announce the appointment of Kim Hernandez Kuch to the chief marketing officer (CMO) position, reporting to Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Henry Kauftheil. In her role, Hernandez Kuch will oversee the organization’s marketing strategy, including demand generation, public relations, marketing communications, digital marketing, and events. She and her team will partner with the sales organization to help drive revenue.

“Kim is a proven leader with a reputation for building strong relationships at all levels. The experience and leadership skills Kim provides have been vital to elevating Dialyze Direct as the leader within our evolving industry and to communicating our unique role in the dialysis community,” said Kauftheil. “Our rapid growth in the past year made filling the chief marketing position a priority, and we are delighted Kim agreed to join our team.”

Before joining Dialyze Direct, Hernandez Kuch co-founded healthcare think tank SWOT Health.She also served as senior communication consultant for Solomon Edwards, Stanford Healthcare & School of Medicine, LinkedIn, GuideMark Health, as well as CMO for a video-on-demand startup. Previously, she built the marketing and communication division as the director of brand marketing and communications for Satellite Healthcare, Inc., a not-for-profit kidney services and dialysis provider.

Hernandez Kuch has spent her career in various leadership roles, including teaching at the university level, marketing enterprise security software, marketing and media relations for the motorsports industry, and as a volunteer for many community not-for-profits.

Hernandez Kuch received a Bachelor of Arts in communications, with an emphasis in organizational development, from California State University, San Bernardino, and a Master of Science in journalism and mass communication, with a focus in technology, from Iowa State University, where she also serves as chair of the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communications Advisory Council.

“This position is the culmination of my desire to use my marketing experience and brand-building skills, combined with my passion for working with organizations, to provide unique solutions that improve lifestyles for those who need it most,” said Hernandez Kuch. “I relish the opportunity to bring awareness to Dialyze Direct and help escalate our ability to provide exceptional dialysis care to more SNF partners, build foundational relationships in the medical industry and be good stewards in the communities we serve.”

About Dialyze Direct

Founded in 2015, Dialyze Direct is a leading kidney care innovation company that seeks breakthrough solutions for patients suffering from kidney disease. With a mission to build the next generation of kidney care, Dialyze Direct leverages its leading nephrology specialists to develop new methods and technology to evolve the treatment options nephrologists have at their disposal. Dialyze Direct pioneered significant changes to the existing treatment model for dialysis patients in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), in which many of the most medically challenging subsets of dialysis patients reside, and the company has grown to become the nation’s largest provider of home dialysis in the SNF setting. Dialyze Direct’s innovative staff-assisted home hemodialysis treatment model entails a gentler, personalized treatment plan comprised of meticulously crafted protocols designed to tackle the unique fluid management challenges of geriatric dialysis patients, resulting in increased overall patient health and reduced hospitalizations while substantially decreasing costs for payers. Dialyze Direct currently operates in 14 states with over 170 locations and new operations launching soon in additional states. www.DialyzeDirect.com.

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Zumado Public Relations
Nicholas Gaffney
ngaffney@zumado.com
415-732-7801

BROOKLYN, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In anticipation of Nephrology Nurses Week, Dialyze Direct, the nation’s leading provider of home hemodialysis services in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), joins the American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA) and its SNF partners around the country September 11-17 in honoring the dedicated and compassionate nephrology nurses who provide hemodialysis and other lifesaving services to patients suffering from chronic kidney disease (CKD) and renal failure.

Dialyze Direct employs approximately 350 skilled nephrology nurses who work in small, intimate settings known as “dens” within SNFs. Because the company’s primary proprietary hemodialysis modality regimen involves a gentler and more patient-centric dialysis treatment the nurses spend more personalized time with each patient. As a result, they become closely invested in patient outcomes, which include quicker recovery time, more energy, added time for other therapies, and increased ability to contribute to their communities, participate in family gatherings and enjoy life.

Hemodialysis is the most common therapy for patients with End Stage Kidney Disease. It removes waste products and excess fluid directly from the vascular system by passing the blood through an artificial kidney – the dialyzer or filter – and brings the body closer to a normal physiological condition. In addition to providing dialysis treatment, nephrology nurses can be responsible for interpreting laboratory results and diagnostic tests for dialysis adequacy, anemia and mineral management, and total body fluid status. In collaboration with the patient’s nephrologist this may lead to ordering special tests such as diagnostic radiology or specialized cardiac studies. Finally, among many other things, they monitor a patient’s treatment plan, dialysis prescription, response to medications, diet, target weight, and signs of infection, all of which may lead to periodic adjustments of the overall treatment plan.

“We attribute much of our success to the quality of care provided by our nephrology nurses,” said Alice Hellebrand DNP, RN, CNN, Dialyze Direct’s chief nursing officer and Past President of ANNA. “They partner with us in our vision to heal both people and systems while embracing the belief that dialysis is not a one-size-fits-all care regimen. Our nurses are the core of our business, and while we appreciate them every day, we publicly commend their extraordinary work and commitment during Nephrology Nurses Week.”

About Dialyze Direct:

Founded in 2015, Dialyze Direct is a leading kidney care innovation company that seeks breakthrough solutions for patients suffering from kidney disease. With a mission to build the next generation of kidney care, Dialyze Direct leverages its leading nephrology specialists to develop new methods and technology to evolve the treatment options nephrologists have at their disposal. Dialyze Direct pioneered significant changes to the existing treatment model for dialysis patients in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), in which many of the most medically challenging subsets of dialysis patients reside and has grown to become the nation’s largest provider of home dialysis in the SNF setting. Dialyze Direct’s innovative staff-assisted home hemodialysis treatment model entails a gentler, personalized treatment plan comprised of meticulously crafted protocols designed to tackle the unique fluid management challenges of geriatric dialysis patients, resulting in increased overall patient health and reduced hospitalizations while substantially decreasing costs for payers. Dialyze Direct currently operates in 14 states with new operations launching soon in additional states.

Contacts

Zumado Public Relations
Nicholas Gaffney
ngaffney@zumado.com
415-732-7801

Brooklyn, N.Y., August 19, 2022 – On National Senior Citizens Day, August 21st, Dialyze Direct, the nation’s leading provider of home hemodialysis services in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), joins other dedicated geriatric healthcare providers in honoring the achievements and contributions our country’s senior citizens made and continue to make to our society.

In 1998, when President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the first National Senior Citizens Day, he wrote, “With improved healthcare and more years of productivity, older citizens are reinforcing their historical roles as leaders and as links with our patrimony and sense of purpose as individuals and as a Nation.”

Dialyze Direct is leading the way in offering unparalleled kidney care for senior citizens living in SNFs by healing both people and systems, increasing patients’ ability to contribute to their communities, maintain family relationships and enjoy life.

Founded on the belief that dialysis is not a one-size-fits-all care regimen, Dialyze Direct tailors treatments to patients’ individual needs while still following doctors’ orders. Working from “dens” within SNFs, skilled nurses administer dialysis more frequently than the conventional three weekly treatments.

That proprietary regimen has proven to create better outcomes for elderly patients. For example, most feel better both during and after their dialysis. They recover more quickly, sometimes in as little as 30 to 60 minutes, as opposed to conventional dialysis, which could take up to seven hours. Patients also have more energy to participate in other necessary rehabilitation and may take fewer medications.

End stage renal disease, the most dangerous stage of chronic kidney disease (CKD) is increasing by 21,000 cases worldwide each year. The longer a person lives, the more likely they are to develop CKD. In fact, some estimates conjecture half of the population 75 or older suffers from CKD. If it is uncontrolled and complications result, CKD can progress to a point where dialysis therapy is essential. At that point, dialysis can subsume a person’s entire life. Dialyze Direct furnishes a progressive alternative.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, by 2035 America’s population will include approximately 78 million people 65 or older, surpassing the under 18-year-old demographic for the first time in the nation’s history.

“It’s no coincidence that as America’s senior citizen population escalates, and CKD increases, our treatment model is gaining approvals and recognition in state after state,” said Josh Rothenberg, President and Co-Founder of Dialyze Direct. “Our innovative dialysis within SNFs not only improves patients’ quality of life and productivity, but also allows many individuals in our care to grow older while no longer be defined by their disease.”

About Dialyze Direct

Founded in 2015, Dialyze Direct is a leading kidney care innovation company that seeks breakthrough solutions for patients suffering from kidney disease. With a mission to build the next generation of kidney care, Dialyze Direct leverages its leading nephrology specialists to develop new methods and technology to evolve the treatment options nephrologists have at their disposal. Dialyze Direct pioneered significant changes to the existing treatment model for dialysis patients in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), in which many of the most medically challenging subsets of dialysis patients reside and has grown to become the nation’s largest provider of home dialysis in the SNF setting. Dialyze Direct’s innovative staff-assisted home hemodialysis treatment model entails a gentler, personalized treatment plan comprised of meticulously crafted protocols designed to tackle the unique fluid management challenges of geriatric dialysis patients, resulting in increased overall patient health and reduced hospitalizations while substantially decreasing costs for payors. Dialyze Direct currently operates in 13 states with new operations launching in additional states.

Media Contact

Zumado Public Relations
Nicholas Gaffney
ngaffney@zumado.com
415-732-7801

BROOKLYN, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Dialyze Direct, the nation’s leading provider of home hemodialysis services in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), announced today it has partnered with Infinite Care, a leading chain of quality rehabilitation centers across New York and Florida with over 50 facilities, to provide on-site hemodialysis services at Infinite Care facilities.

“Partnering with Dialyze Direct means we can offer our patients with chronic kidney disease the most advanced dialysis care available to improve their health, recovery time and quality of life,” said Infinite Care’s Director of Financial Operations Simon Nussbaum. “We welcome Dialyze Direct to our facilities and look forward to improved patient outcomes.”

Dialyze Direct’s ongoing partnerships with like-minded healthcare providers such as Infinite Care have cemented the company’s position as the foremost home hemodialysis supplier to SNFs in the United States. Last month, Dialyze Direct announced a similar collaboration with CommuniCare Health, one of the nation’s largest sources for post-acute care, and finalized a merger with Chicago-based RenPro Renal Services, which offered dialysis services to patients in SNFs, and outpatient clinics.

Earlier this year, the company completed its acquisition of Compass Home Dialysis, a regional dialysis provider in Pennsylvania with on-site dialysis services in nine SNFs. In late 2021, the company acquired Renew Dialysis, a regional SNF dialysis provider in Ohio and Virginia.

“We are delighted about our relationship with Infinite Care, another health care company that recognizes how we can bring affordable and highly accessible kidney care to the people who need it most,” said Dialyze Direct’s Chief Development Officer Mayer Kotlartsky. “Infinite Care sees eye-to-eye with us about the need to put patient care and comfort first. Together, we can meet the rising need for dialysis among vulnerable populations and help overcome the challenges many geriatric communities face.”

Dialyze Direct now offers on-site dialysis services in 170+ facilities in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.

About Dialyze Direct

Founded in 2015, Dialyze Direct is a leading kidney care innovation company that seeks breakthrough solutions for patients suffering from kidney disease. With a mission to build the next generation of kidney care, Dialyze Direct leverages its leading nephrology specialists to develop new methods and technology to evolve the treatment options nephrologists have at their disposal. Dialyze Direct pioneered significant changes to the existing treatment model for dialysis patients in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), in which many of the most medically challenging subsets of dialysis patients reside, and has grown to become the nation’s largest provider of home dialysis in the SNF setting. Dialyze Direct’s innovative staff-assisted home hemodialysis treatment model entails a gentler, personalized treatment plan comprised of meticulously crafted protocols designed to tackle the unique fluid management challenges of geriatric dialysis patients, resulting in increased overall patient health and reduced hospitalizations while substantially decreasing costs for payors. Dialyze Direct currently operates in 13 states with new operations launching soon in additional states.

About Infinite Care

Infinite Care provides quality rehabilitation services in centers across New York and Florida, offering residents the ability to rest, recover and return to their daily living in and distinctive homey environment. The growing company specializes in sub-acute orthopedic, cardiac, pulmonary and neurological rehabilitation, and its highly trained staff assists in accessing community-based services to maintain the continuum of care.

Contacts

Zumado Public Relations
Nicholas Gaffney
ngaffney@zumado.com
415-732-7801

BROOKLYN, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Dialyze Direct, the nation’s leading provider of home hemodialysis services in Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs), announced today it has partnered with CommuniCare Family of Companies, one of the nation’s largest post-acute care providers, to conduct onsite hemodialysis services at its facilities around the U.S.

Founded in 1984 on the philosophy of “Serving with Pride,” CommuniCare’s standard of excellence, which focuses on patient care and quality of life, mirrors Dialyze Direct’s mission to change the dialysis industry by pioneering customized, gentler care proven to positively impact patients’ prognoses and quality of life. Dialyze Direct’s continued growth with like-minded healthcare providers has further solidified the company’s position as the foremost home hemodialysis provider to SNFs in the United States.

“The ultimate goal of healthcare is to provide services that benefit our clients but also to ensure those services save or significantly prolong lives. As a result, we approach partnerships with the understanding that both parties share a common patient-first philosophy,” said Dialyze Direct’s Chairman and Co-Founder Henry Kauftheil. “We are pleased to bring our onsite dialysis offerings to CommuniCare’s facilities and join forces with a fellow provider that also views patient comfort and care as the cornerstone of their business model.”

Dialyze Direct recently announced its acquisition of Chicago-based RenPro Renal Services, which provided dialysis services to patients in SNFs in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. Earlier this year, the company completed its acquisition of Compass Home Dialysis, a regional SNF dialysis provider in Pennsylvania, and at the end of 2021, the company acquired Renew Dialysis, a regional SNF dialysis provider in Ohio and Virginia.

“Providing our residents with a better quality of life is what we strive for at CommuniCare,” said Ronald Wilheim, President of CommuniCare. “We are proud to partner with Dialyze Direct and that through this partnership we have another opportunity to raise the bar and innovate our level of care.”

Dialyze Direct now offers onsite dialysis services in more than 170 SNFs in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.

About Dialyze Direct:

Founded in 2015, Dialyze Direct is a leading kidney care innovation company that seeks breakthrough solutions for patients suffering from kidney disease. With a mission to build the next generation of kidney care, Dialyze Direct leverages its leading nephrology specialists to develop new methods and technology to evolve the treatment options nephrologists have at their disposal. Dialyze Direct pioneered significant changes to the existing treatment model for dialysis patients in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), in which many of the most medically challenging subsets of dialysis patients reside, and has grown to become the nation’s largest provider of home dialysis in the SNF setting. Dialyze Direct’s innovative staff-assisted home hemodialysis treatment model entails a gentler, personalized treatment plan comprised of meticulously crafted protocols designed to tackle the unique fluid management challenges of geriatric dialysis patients, resulting in increased overall patient health and reduced hospitalizations while substantially decreasing costs for payors. Dialyze Direct currently operates in 13 states with new operations launching soon in additional states.

About CommuniCare Health Services:

CommuniCare Health Services was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. The company currently operates more than 110 healthcare and rehabilitation centers in seven states (Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia).

Our centers focus on patient-centered care plans and provide specialized programing in cardiac, pulmonology, memory care & dementia, amputee and behavioral health. Our expert physicians and nurses provide care for the most medically complex residents. For more information, please visit http://www.communicarehealth.com/

Contacts

Zumado Public Relations
Nicholas Gaffney
ngaffney@zumado.com
415-732-7801

Transaction enhances the company’s national footprint and service capability with the addition of an established SNF network and experience.

BROOKLYN, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Dialyze Direct, the nation’s leading provider of home hemodialysis services in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), announced today that Chicago-based RenPro Renal Services, which provides dialysis services to patients in SNFs in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky, has merged into the company under the Dialyze Direct name.

Complementary to Dialyze Direct’s own patient-centric business model, RenPro’s inception was the culmination of decades of experience in providing ancillary services in the long-term care space and a joint desire to provide an innovative care model and treatment experience to patients’ suffering from chronic and end-stage kidney disease. As part of the transaction, RenPro’s team of highly skilled senior leadership will be transitioning into new roles within Dialyze Direct.

“RenPro began with a mission of providing superior dialysis care delivered with integrity and compassion,” said Elly Latinik, RenPro’s Chief Executive Officer. “Merging into Dialyze Direct was an opportunity to work with a company that not only shares this vision but also through technology and innovation continues to improve the treatment model of care to provide patients an improved quality of life while residing in the skilled care facility. We are thrilled to partner with Dialyze Direct and to make this model available to as many dialysis patients as possible and for the opportunity to become part of a team that is changing the industry.”

The RenPro transaction is the most recent in a series of Dialyze Direct’s strategic acquisitions and partnerships to bring the company’s unique on-site dialysis model to patients across the nation. At the end of last year, Dialyze Direct acquired Renew Dialysis, a regional SNF dialysis provider in Ohio and Virginia. Earlier this year, the company completed its acquisition of Compass Home Dialysis, a regional dialysis provider in Pennsylvania with on-site dialysis services in nine SNFs, as well as an outpatient dialysis clinic.

“2022 has been a year of growth and expansion for Dialyze Direct. From the start our strategic plan has been to identify and partner with like-minded health providers that share our commitment to changing geriatric dialysis for the better, and RenPro fits that exactly,” said Dialyze Direct’s Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder Henry Kauftheil. “We are looking forward to welcoming them to Dialyze Direct and building an even better dialysis service offering to the patient population.”

Dialyze Direct continues to strengthen its positioning as the leading SNF dialysis provider in the United States, with on-site dialysis services in more than 150 SNFs in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.

About Dialyze Direct:

Founded in 2015, Dialyze Direct is a leading kidney care innovation company that seeks breakthrough solutions for patients suffering from kidney disease. With a mission to build the next generation of kidney care, Dialyze Direct leverages its leading nephrology specialists to develop new methods and technology to evolve the treatment options nephrologists have at their disposal. Dialyze Direct pioneered significant changes to the existing treatment model for dialysis patients in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), in which many of the most medically challenging subsets of dialysis patients reside and has grown to become the nation’s largest provider of home dialysis in the SNF setting. Dialyze Direct’s innovative staff-assisted home hemodialysis treatment model entails a gentler, personalized treatment plan comprised of meticulously crafted protocols designed to tackle the unique fluid management challenges of geriatric dialysis patients, resulting in increased overall patient health and reduced hospitalizations while substantially decreasing costs for payors. Dialyze Direct currently operates in 13 states with new operations launching in additional states.

Media Contact

Zumado Public Relations 

Nicholas Gaffney 

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Research Focused on End-Stage Renal Disease Patients Receiving More Frequent Hemodialysis in Skilled Nursing Facilities

BROOKLYN, N.Y April 26, 2022 — Dialyze Direct, the nation’s leading provider of home hemodialysis services in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), is pleased to announce that its findings about the effect of more frequent dialysis (MFD) for end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients in SNFs were peer-reviewed by Hemodialysis International, and published in the article, “Post-Dialysis Recovery Time in ESRD Patients Receiving More Frequent Hemodialysis in Skilled Nursing Facilities.”

The research determined that more rapid post-dialysis recovery time (DRT) occurred in patients receiving five dialysis treatments each week, instead of DRT reported for the conventional approach of three weekly treatments. In addition, rapid recovery is associated with reduced mortality and fewer hospitalizations.

“With conventional dialysis, nursing home patients typically require a prolonged period of time to recover from the effects of each dialysis treatment. Our findings in this patient population receiving more frequent dialysis show patients are able to participate in activities much sooner post-dialysis,” said Alice Hellebrand, chief nursing officer and senior vice president at Dialyze Direct and a co-author of the article. “Nearly 80% of the patients reported recovering in an hour or less, and 92% recovered in less than two hours.”

From November 4, 2019, through June 11, 2021, Dialyze Direct medical professionals asked patients receiving MFD (at least 14 treatment hours each week) at their associated SNFs across 12 states to describe their DRT following their treatment. The predefined DTR categories were 0-½ hour, ½-1 hour, 1-2 hours, 2-4 hours, 4-8 hours, 8-12 hours, by next morning, or not even by the next morning. Of the patients that met the statistical modeling inclusion criteria, 92% reported DRT of two hours or less. Lower odds of rapid DRT were observed for patients who were older, missed their previous treatment or experienced adialytic hypotension complications. Greater odds of rapid DRT were observed in patients receiving five dialyses in the previous week or having 160-179 mmHg pre-hemodialysis systolic blood pressure.

“The results are encouraging for patients and providers who have been seeking ways to improve the quality of life for SNF patients” said Dialyze Direct’s Chief Medical Officer, one of the senior authors of the article, Dr. Allen Kaufman. “As we continue our efforts to systematically learn what is of benefit to the SNF dialysis population, we view these results as highly promising in potentially enhancing the ability of our patients to participate in rehabilitation and restorative services while living in the SNF, which will be the subject of our next set of studies.”

The article was co-authored by Eran Y. Bellin, M.D., Infectious Disease, Departments of Epidemiology & Population Health and Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Alice M. Hellebrand, MSN, RN, CNN, Chief Nursing Officer and Senior Vice President, Dialyze Direct; Steven M Kaplan, Data Scientist, Dialyze Direct; Jordan G Ledvina, Chief Information Officer, Dialyze Direct; William T Markis, Writing Consultant, WTM Consulting; Nathan W Levin, M.D., Internal Medicine, Chair of the Medical Advisory Board and Director of Research, Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine; Allen M Kaufman, M.D., Chief Medical Officer and Senior VP for Clinical & Scientific Affairs, Dialyze Direct.

The full article can be found here

About Dialyze Direct:

Founded in 2015, Dialyze Direct is a leading kidney care innovation company that seeks breakthrough solutions for patients suffering from kidney disease. With a mission to build the next generation of kidney care, Dialyze Direct leverages its leading nephrology specialists to develop new methods and technology to evolve the treatment options nephrologists have at their disposal. Dialyze Direct pioneered significant changes to the existing treatment model for dialysis patients in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), in which many of the most medically challenging subsets of dialysis patients reside, and has grown to become the nation’s largest provider of home dialysis in the SNF setting. Dialyze Direct’s innovative staff-assisted home hemodialysis treatment model entails a gentler, personalized treatment plan comprised of meticulously crafted protocols designed to tackle the unique fluid management challenges of geriatric dialysis patients, resulting in increased overall patient health and reduced hospitalizations while substantially decreasing costs for payors. Dialyze Direct currently operates in 13 states with new operations launching soon in additional states.

Media Contact

Zumado Public Relations 

Nicholas Gaffney 

ngaffney@zumado.com  

415-732-7801 

BROOKLYN, N.Y April 23, 2022 — Dialyze Direct, the nation’s leading provider of home hemodialysis services in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), is pleased to announce that it will be an exhibitor at Becker’s Hospital Review’s 12th Annual Meeting this week in Chicago, as the healthcare media company returns to an in-person event this year.

As part of its exhibit, Dialyze Direct will be showcasing the results from its recent research, peerreviewed and published in Hemodialysis International, which demonstrates the correlation between more frequent dialysis (MFD) and more rapid post-dialysis recovery time (DRT) for endstage renal disease (ESRD) patients in SNFs.

Those findings add to Dialyze Direct’s previously published research providing additional evidence that higher acuity ESRD patients are able to receive clinically appropriate care in nonhospital settings, creating expanded discharge opportunities for this clinically challenging population. For hospitals and payers seeking value-based care and the best possible therapies and outcomes for patients, the data exhibits the advantages of MFD and DRT, which lend to reduced mortality and fewer hospitalizations. SNFs will also find the data advantageous as they look to build and improve relationships with hospitals and payers.

In addition to its proven clinical and quality of life benefits, the company’s congregate care model overcomes long standing socio-economic barriers associated with home hemodialysis, allowing all SNF-residents, including members of historically marginalized communities access to Dialyze Direct’s model of care and its superior clinical and quality of life outcomes.

Starting late last year and continuing into the first quarter of 2022, Dialyze Direct experienced a period of strategic growth and collaboration. This month, the company completed its previously announced acquisition of Compass Home Dialysis, a regional dialysis provider in Pennsylvania with on-site dialysis services in nine SNFs, as well as an outpatient dialysis clinic. Late last year, Dialyze Direct acquired Renew Dialysis, a regional SNF dialysis provider in Ohio and Virginia. And recently the company signed a Letter of Intent to collaborate with fellow dialysis provider Satellite Healthcare. Those moves continue to set Dialyze Direct’s position as the leading SNF dialysis provider in the United States, with on-site dialysis services in more than 150 SNFs in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.

“We are looking forward to meeting face-to-face with other providers of healthcare services and professionals interested in learning about the remarkable changes occurring in our industry,” said Robert Aberman, senior vice president, population health at Dialyze Direct. “Today more and more SNFs are beginning to experience the benefits of MFD for patients with kidney failure, including an improved quality of life, more energy to participate in necessary rehabilitation activities and the freedom to take fewer medications. We welcome conversation about how we are improving dialysis for geriatric patients.”

Dialyze Direct representatives will be available at Exhibit Booth #1211 at Becker’s in-person event at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago April 24-28, 2022.

About Dialyze Direct:

Founded in 2015, Dialyze Direct is a leading kidney care innovation company that seeks breakthrough solutions for patients suffering from kidney disease. With a mission to build the next generation of kidney care, Dialyze Direct leverages its leading nephrology specialists to develop new methods and technology to evolve the treatment options nephrologists have at their disposal. Dialyze Direct pioneered significant changes to the existing treatment model for dialysis patients in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), in which many of the most medically challenging subsets of dialysis patients reside, and has grown to become the nation’s largest provider of home dialysis in the SNF setting. Dialyze Direct’s innovative staff-assisted home hemodialysis treatment model entails a gentler, personalized treatment plan comprised of meticulously crafted protocols designed to tackle the unique fluid management challenges of geriatric dialysis patients, resulting in increased overall patient health and reduced hospitalizations while substantially decreasing costs for payors. Dialyze Direct currently operates in 13 states with new operations launching soon in additional states

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