Category Archives: Medicare

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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Dialysis and NPR


While I was in Washington, DC for the Dialysis Patient Citizen fly-in, National Public Radio’s Ailsa Chang did an interview with me while reporting on “Access to Your Congressman”.  It was a great opportunity to get the word out about … Continue reading

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Dialysis and Amazing


You’re not going to believe this but CMS/Medicare withdrew their proposed changes to Medicare Part D drug coverage for post-transplant patients.  Is that amazing or what?!  I don’t know if it was the actual intervention by the dialysis/transplant community or … Continue reading

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Dialysis Center Ratings


Yay!  I found a GREAT site that allows us patients to rate our dialysis center!  I’ve threatened for a couple years to develop a website where WE, the Patients, can provide some feedback about our centers and HERE it is! … Continue reading

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Post-transplant Medications are in Danger!


In 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 … Continue reading

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Dialysis and CMS Cuts (Update 12/3)


The Final CMS decision about the cuts to dialysis providers is out and Dialysis Patient Citizens has posted about it. To see what DPC wrote about the decision CLICK HERE. To join DPC click on their Home Page and then … Continue reading

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Dialysis and CMS Cuts – Update


Here’s the latest about the proposed cuts by CMS to providers from Dialysis Patient Citizens… CMS Delays Final Rule for Medicare ESRD Program In July, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a 9.4 percent cut to the … Continue reading

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