A Dialysis patient wrote to KidneyBuzz.com and said, "I just got a bill for $600.00 from my dialysis center. What the heck! I cannot afford this! I do not want to be put in collections. Is there anything that I can do?"
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Chronic Kidney Disease patients conducting Dialysis can often feel as though they are simply another number in a "Conveyor Belt" Dialysis Facility. At times, Dialysis patients can feel both voiceless and powerless. However, new legislation passed and expected to be attempted throughout the country shows just how important Dialysis patients are and looks to offer them additional protections.
California recently passed Dialysis Patient Specific Legislation, SB 1156, which limits the price that Dialysis Centers will be allowed to charge patients. This is important since many patients have been getting billed directly by Dialysis Companies like DaVita Inc. and Fresenius Medical Care for charges not covered by insurance or Medicare.
According to an editorial in the San Jose Mercury News, Medicare and Medi-Cal reimbursements for Dialysis patients fail to cover the Large Dialysis Organisations' costs so the clinics charge patients with private insurance more in order to cover all their costs and make a profit. Hence, SB 1156 will cap payments at lower Medicare rates so that patients will not have to pay additional out-of-pocket fees or seek subsidization from charities with financial ties to Dialysis Providers to cover the Companies' costs.
With news of this common-sense legislation passing, which may also pass in additional states, Company Shares of DaVita Inc., Fresenius Medical Care, and American Renal Associates Holdings Inc. "took some punishment," according to 24/7 Wall St. DaVita was hit particularly hard.
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