Category Archives: DPC

Dialysis and Suriving Washington, DC


April 26, 2016: I survived! I’m at Reagan National Airport awaiting my flight home. There’s some question about the landing part as there are severe thunderstorms expected over Dallas tonight. We’ll see. I just want to get home. We got … Continue reading

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In Washington DC


For the fourth or fifth year, I’m in DC to lobby Congress on behalf of Dialysis patients as a member and Patient Ambassador with DPC (Dialysis Patient Citizens). You can help by calling or emailing your Representative and Senators and tell … Continue reading

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Dialysis and “Doc Fix”


Finally, after SEVENTEEN years, Congress has passed the “doc fix” bill to fill a hole they created in 1997. Read about it here…  From the DPC website, here’s the impact on dialysis patients based on the House version of the … Continue reading

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Dialysis and the 5-star @CMS Rating


Dialysis Patient Citizens recently reported on their efforts to respond to the CMS 5-star Rating System.  Under this system, the Mayo Clinic, for example, got a 1-star rating.  Obviously this is not a good measure of patient feelings or experience. … Continue reading

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Dialysis Insomnia


Hey all! Good News!  I posted an update to my previous article about “Dialysis and Insomnia”.  I want to get this message out to everyone because a large percentage of dialysis patients also have insomnia.  (If there are some researchers … Continue reading

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Dialysis Centers and @CMS 5-star Rating


In a previous related post,  I promised I would post more about the Davita position on this when I got it.  So, here it is and it makes some good points.  “What’s Wrong With the 5-Star Rating System for the … Continue reading

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Dialysis and HR-4814


I’m going to pester you about this because it’s way too important so, please forgive me. Recently, a bill called “H.R.4814 – Chronic Kidney Disease Improvement in Research and Treatment Act of 2014” was introduced in the U.S. House of … Continue reading

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Dialysis and Kidney Care Bill


A bill has been entered into the House of Representatives that is extremely important to all of us kidney and dialysis patients.   According to the Dialysis Patient Citizen: This bill seeks to advance several proactive kidney care policy initiatives … Continue reading

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Dialysis and Hurricanes


June is the beginning of the Hurricane Season and with them come tornadoes inland.  If you live in an area hit by either storm type, take heed! We learned a lot about disaster prep  here in Texas after Katrina.  The ESRD … Continue reading

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Dialysis and Nutrition


The Dialysis Patient Citizens Education Center held a really good telephone conference last week about Nutritional issues for dialysis patients. On this call, Sara Colman-Carlson, Nutrition Manager of DaVita.com, addresses the important nutrients kidney patients need to monitor in order … Continue reading

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