Category Archives: Medicare

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 Rationing


I originally published this post in January, 2013 but I had occasion to review it recently and decided to re-publish it.   There’s a great article in the Seattle Times that covers the history of dialysis.  The title is: “The … Continue reading

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Dialysis and Ratings


Recently Medicare/CMS rolled out a 5-star rating system for dialysis centers.   There’s some controversy brewing because some providers are not in favor of this. From the presentation that rolled it out… We’ve also used stars in the Medicare Advantage website for … Continue reading

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Dialysis and Disagreement


Repost from a while back but still relevant. I got the following comment the other day in response to my blog posting “Dialysis and Opening Day”.  I figured I’d share it with you because, although it’s rather bitter, it makes … 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 Washington, DC


(I apologize that this is over a month old and I and  I am just now posting it!  Frankly, I thought I had finished it but obviously I didn’t!)  As you may know I was in DC for the Fly-in … Continue reading

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Dialysis and Good News


It’s almost rare nowadays that we get some good news from Congress but here’s some news that a bill signed by the President grants dialysis facilities and pharmaceutical providers some stability in what they’ll be reimbursed for kidney patients.   … Continue reading

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