Renalogic named Healthy Arizona Worksite
The Healthy Arizona Worksites Program (HAWP) in partnership with the City of Phoenix FitPHX recognized businesses in Phoenix at its annual recognition event at Steele Indian School Park’s Memorial Hall in June. Renalogic, along with forty-three other businesses, were recognized with Copper, Silver and Gold awards. Renalogic was awarded a Copper award in its first month of documenting its worksite wellness program strategies, but is aiming for the Silver and Gold in the next year. Additionally, 43 “FitPHX Businesses,” those businesses located in Phoenix that attended Healthy Arizona Worksites trainings through the city’s partnership with HAWP, were honored.
“We’re so honored to be recognized for this award,” said Sally Reppucci, Executive Vice President of Operations and Technology. “We really want to be leaders in changing behaviors to improve wellness and outcomes.”
Renalogic takes first place in New Mexico Association of Health Underwriters
Brian Kruse, sales executive, and Sherri Tetachuk, sales executive, participated in the 2016 NMAHU Charity Golf Tournament at Isleta Golf Club. The golf tournament kicked off the 2016 NAHU conference. A portion of the proceeds from this year’s tournament went to Benefit Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Central New Mexico. Team Renalogic took first place with a 13 under par 59 with no mulligans.
“The 2016 NMAHU Charity Golf Tournament was a complete success,” said Brian Kruse, Sales Executive. “Golfers were treated to a spectacular day and Mother nature cooperated while industry professionals from across the nation shared laughs, stores and a few holed putts throughout the day on the links. Big Brother, Big Sister of New Mexico was the perfect recipient and charity partner for this tournament. I had the pleasure of playing the winning team while networking with key industry individuals.”
“I was very excited to have the privilege to participate in the NMAHU 2016 charity golf tournament. ,” said Sherri Tetachuk, National Sales Executive. “This event was well-managed and the participants were fabulous and fun! This was a wonderful event put on to support such an amazing cause!”
NAHU represents licensed health insurance agents, brokers, consultants and benefit professionals who serve the health insurance needs of employers and individuals seeking health insurance coverage.
Keepin’ It Renal
One of the most commonly prescribed drugs may be hurting your kidneys
Chronic Kidney Disease has become a worldwide epidemic. Its end stages alter a person’s life drastically, requiring dialysis and/or a transplant. What complicates the disease even more is it is often not diagnosed until the disease is in its advanced stages and is irreversible.
So what is leading to Chronic Kidney disease or CKD? There are a couple of causes that are certain; diabetes and high blood pressure, but then there are others that show possible association. One of these is the use of proton pump inhibitors (PPI), also known as antacids for heartburn, acid reflux or GERD. Prilosec, Nexium and Prevacid are the most well know acid reducers that are now over the counter.
A new study published this year suggests that these medications can cause a 20 to 50 percent higher risk of CKD compared to persons who do not use the medication. You can read the study here. With CKD being known as an undiagnosed disease, and its effects being life altering, this is quite alarming!
Are you still drinking diet soda? Water is better for now until more research is conducted!
Chronic Kidney disease is a scary disease. People with the disease often don’t know they have it and unfortunately sometimes progresses to End Stage Renal Disease where dialysis is normally a necessity to survive.
Above we spoke about known risk factors such as diabetes and high cholesterol and also medications that may harm the kidneys. There is also an alarming study that shows possible correlation between drinking multiple diet sodas a day and the development of CKD.
The study was done on 3000 nurses over a 20 year time period. They found that women who drank diet soda had a rate of decline in GFR that is 3 times the rate of women who don’t drink diet sodas. Pretty alarming and definitely enough to convince many to lay off those sodas. Want to know more? You can read on the kidney.org website here.
Other kidney news around the web
Many people don’t know their options when it comes to dialysis. Arbor Research has developed a new tool to help patients choose a dialysis modality, which can provide a better sense of the pros and cons of each modality. Meanwhile, research and development continues on wearable kidneys.
Sun Life Financial has released its fourth annual report detailing findings from catastrophic claims. Chronic/end-stage renal disease maintained its #3 position as the most catastrophic, accounting for over $369 million in combined first-dollar claims and stop-loss claims reimbursements. The American Health Policy Institute also released a report showing that high cost claimants are a primary factor influencing costs for employers.
About “Kidney News”
Renalogic will bring you news and updates from various sources and resources on a continual basis. Our goal is to not only share things that interest our team, but to help highlight current trends in the market and changes in technology.