Dialysis and Action (More)

action 1This is a follow up to my previous posting about “Dialysis and Action“.  Here’s some more about the issue and I will post a detailed analysis of what I discovered in researching this proposed cut in payments to dialysis providers.

Here’s an email shared by Lori Hartwell, CEO, of the Renal Support Network 

Dear Friend,

I am asking you to take a few minutes and let Congress know that the proposed cuts the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of 12 percent to dialysis care will be at the expense of people on dialysis.  This will impact not only me, but many of my friends who have kidney disease.

I am worried that if these cuts take effect, patients will experience unintended consequences by closure of facilities, reduction of staff or patient centered programs being eliminated. These cuts will impact hundreds of thousands of people who require dialysis in order to survive, especially patients in rural and inner city facilities.  If you want to learn more about the Proposed Rule, visit www.RSNhope.org.

Please take a moment and tell Congress that this is unacceptable.  It will only take a few minutes.

Thank you,

Lori Hartwell

Here’s a link to the RSN Press Release about the CMS cuts:  http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/statement-on-cms-proposed-rule-for-medicares-esrd-benefit-214725711.html

From the Dialysis Patient Citizens:

DPC Action Center

EMAIL:  http://www.capwiz.com/dpcitizens/issues/alert/?alertid=62734766  You can enter your zip code to identify your elected officials.

PHONE:  http://www.capwiz.com/dpcitizens/callalert/index.tt?alertid=62762041  You can locate your legislators phone number by entering in your zip code.  Tell them you are concerned about the Proposed Cuts to Dialysis patient providers in the CMS-1526-P and you are asking them to get involved to stop the cuts! 

Another Automated Email about the CMS Cuts

From the Kidney Care Partners:

(https://www.votervoice.net/KCP/Campaigns/32857/Respond) has links for you to send a letter NOW encouraging Congress to intervene with CMS on these proposed cuts.  It automatically sends a letter to your US Senators and US Representative after you put in your zip code.

Do/write as much as you can and encourage others to do the same (patients, family, friends).  We need a groundswell of protest about this so your members of Congress will respond and call CMS.

© 2013 DevonTexas

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About DevonTexas

I am a person with ESRD (End Stage Renal Disease) which means my kidneys don't work. Forty or so years ago that would have been a death sentence but today there is Dialysis which means I can be hooked up to a machine that will clean my blood as the kidneys should. Three days a week, I go to a center and have too very large needles stuck in my arm to remove and replace my blood as it passes through a process where it's cleaned and the fluid is removed, a process taking a little over four hours each time. I want to advance knowledge about dialysis so that other patients can learn from my experience and mistakes. We shouldn't have to reinvent the wheel, eh? There is so much to be learned and experienced about our predicament. There are vast resources available to support us and enrich our lives but many patients don't know about them. There are also many issues that we have to deal with whether we want to or not. So I blog about them. All comments are confidential until I approve them. If you don't want your comment public, let me know and I will respect that. So, feel free to leave a comment. Enjoy.
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