Post-transplant Medications are in Danger!

NKF_N_RGBIn an article titled “Access to Immunosuppressive Drugs under Medicare Part D is at Risk“, the National Kidney Foundation writes about another issue to which we all need to respond.  Last time at was CMS proposed 12 percent cuts to Dialysis Providers.  We responded to that and, at least, got Medicare to kick that can down the road a bit.

Now, almost out of the blue and without much warning, CMS is proposing some cost-saving methods that endanger post-transplant patients.   The NKF article is a bit vague but I’m sure they are running to catch up on  this issue.  Dialysis Patient Citizens is also gearing up to respond to this issue.  I’ll post a link when they publish some material.  You can read the NKF article here and I will write more about it as I learn more.

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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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