The CEO of a major Dialysis Company made a shocking public announcement stating that Dialysis Centers will "inevitably" close if the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) proposed End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Program budget cuts are imposed. This is not only an In-Center issue, Home Dialysis patients should be concerned that payment reductions will likely reverse the progress that has been made toward access, affordability and quality of service for ESRD patients who dialyze at home. The current proposal will cut funding for dialysis by 10 percent, or $20 dollars on each average $236 payment that Medicare would pay per treatment in 2014 and may reduce the services provided for Home Dialysis patients. An increasing number of people are being diagnosed with ESRD so budget cuts at this time will have additional negative implications on all ESRD patients' access to quality dialysis care including Peritoneal Dialysis, Home Hemodialysis, and In-Center Hemodialysis.
200 members of the House of Representatives recently signed a strongly worded letter to CMS, expressing concern over cuts to the ESRD program, proposed July 1st. Similar action was taken by individual members of both the Senate, House, and several Congressional Caucuses (Black, Hispanic, and Asian Pacific-American) because individuals such as yourself, contacted your Congress members directly to voice your disapproval of proposed ESRD cuts and the detrimental impact they would have on your quality of care.
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Dialysis benefit cuts are certain to hurt all dialysis patients (Home and In-Center) by potentially increasing out-of-pocket costs for ESRD patients as well as cause Dialysis Centers to close and limit access to quality Home Dialysis. Congress' support to maintain the "enormous" gains in "quality of care" and efficiency that have been made over the past decade highlights the effectiveness of your individual action. However, this matter is not finalized. While Congress is on Recess NOW is the time that the Kidney Community must organize itself to respond to this threat before the September 1st, 2013 deadline.
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KidneyBuzz.com encourages you to stay engaged by signing and sharing the below petition that will be sent to the President of the United States, Leaders of House and Senate and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to urge them against approving these dangerous proposed cuts. We in this community must be the first ones on the line to fight for the services necessary to live. Let's continue to fight together!
Dialysis Program Petition:
The President of the United States
The U.S. Senate
The U.S. House of Representatives
Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS)
As an End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) patient I am deeply concerned about the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) proposal to cut Medicare funding for dialysis by nearly 10 percent, or approximately $20 out of the current reimbursement rate of $236 per dialysis session. The magnitude of these cuts will be severely detrimental to access of quality care for all dialysis patients including Peritoneal Dialysis, Home Hemodialysis, and In-Center Hemodialysis. It is certain that dialysis centers will close, and patient focused programs services, and benefits that improve health outcomes and quality of life will be ended. I am signing this petition to urge the United States President, Congress and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to protect my quality of life and the lives of the other 415,000 Americans that receive dialysis by ensuring that reimbursement for dialysis is sufficient to cover the cost of care.
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