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NxStage Medical (Lawrence, Massachusetts), maker of the NxStage System One portable kidney dialysis machine, and Renal Advantage (Brentwood, Tennessee), which says it is the fourth largest provider of dialysis services in the U.S., reported collaborations intended to expand access to home hemodialysis therapies.

As part of an agreement signed in February, the companies will work together to increase the availability of home hemodialysis therapy to patients who may benefit and will collaborate on therapy development in selected strategic markets that Renal Advantage serves.

Renal Advantage has purchased the majority of NxStage’s System One equipment currently in use.

Renal Advantage also reported that it seeks to participate across its facilities in NxStage’s FREEDOM study, a clinical trial designed to provide insight into the clinical and economic impact of home daily hemodialysis. Renal Advantage has two sites currently participating in the study, and the site qualification process is currently underway at additional facilities.

In other agreements:

• Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, the flagship hospital of the Presbyterian Healthcare System, has signed an agreement with the Premier (San Diego) healthcare alliance to use Premier’s Performance Partners program, a service designed to better serve patients by supplementing an organization’s infrastructure for labor management process improvement, redesign and expense reduction.

With an average return-on-investment of 15 to 1, the Performance Partners consulting program is designed for hospitals and health systems that have operational benchmarking and productivity applications in place or are contemplating implementation and desire further assistance in establishing improvement capabilities, the organization said. As a part of the Performance Partners program, participating health systems receive ongoing, targeted consultation to empower the organization to achieve measurable results.

Presbyterian Dallas is a member of Texas Health Resources (THR), one of the largest faith-based, non-profit healthcare delivery systems in the U.S. THR uses Premier’s ClinicalAdvisor for quality measurement and benchmarking and Premier’s OperationsAdvisor to address budgeting improvement efforts and link quality to productivity across its hospitals.

Premier also reported that new agreements for negative pressure wound therapy have been awarded to KCI USA (San Antonio); and Blue Sky Medical Group (Carlsbad, California), effective April 1.

The KCI agreement is available to acute and extended care facilities, while the Blue Sky agreement is available to all Premier members.

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