Federal Government Signals Intent to Combat Resistant Bacteria

2024-03-29T01:50:33+00:00May 14th, 2015|Categories: Article, Uncategorized|

Antibiotics are supposed to treat disease and assist in kidney transplantation, but various bacteria have developed biological resistance to antibiotics, rendering the antibiotics useless. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that antibiotic-resistant bacteria cause two million illnesses and 23,000 deaths each year. This is why the Administration is currently taking steps to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria. While antibiotics assist in kidney transplantation, healthcare antiseptics are supposed to reduce bacteria that can cause disease on your dialysis equipment or in your dialysis facility. These healthcare antiseptics include hand washes and rubs, surgical hand scrubs and rubs (with or without water) [...]

Medicare Ambulance Fraud in Los Angeles – A Specific Example

2024-03-29T02:08:05+00:00May 7th, 2014|Categories: Article, State Advocacy, Uncategorized|

The owners of Alpha Ambulance Inc. (Alpha), a now-defunct Los Angeles-area ambulance transportation company, have been sentenced in connection with a Medicare fraud scheme. Acting Assistant Attorney General David A. O’Neil of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney André Birotte Jr. of the Central District of California, Special Agent in Charge Glenn R. Ferry of the Los Angeles Region of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) and Assistant Director in Charge Bill L. Lewis of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office made the announcement. Aleksey Muratov, aka Russ Muratov, 32, and Alex [...]

Act Now! Protect the Medicare ESRD Program!

2024-03-29T02:08:56+00:00October 2nd, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) just released a regulation that proposes to reduce Medicare funding for dialysis treatments by 9.4%. The American Taxpayers Relief Act (the fiscal cliff deal) mandated CMS to adjust the price it pays for dialysis to reflect the recent change in usage of certain anemia management drugs. However, no one in the kidney community expected CMS to propose such a dramatic cut. These cuts are dangerous and a serious threat to patient access to quality care. Facilities will likely have to reduce staff hours for important staff such as social workers and in so [...]

Confused About ObamaCare? You are not Alone!

2024-03-29T02:08:58+00:00April 29th, 2013|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|

By Jessica N., Director of Public Affairs When it comes to the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a ACA or Obamacare), the one thing most people can agree on is its complexity. The bill was long and detailed, and since its passage, thousands of pages of regulations have been released to direct its roll-out. Whether you support the new health care reforms or not, the bill is here to stay and substantial changes are coming to our health care system. If you would like to learn a bit more about the ins-and-outs of ObamaCare, I recently created a webinar entitled “The Affordable [...]

Congressional Corner: It’s An Election Year (Just in Case You Happened to Forget)!

2024-03-29T02:09:01+00:00September 20th, 2012|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|

By Carrie L., Director of Congressional and State Relations 2012 is a presidential election year if you couldn’t already tell from the myriad of ads streaming across your televisions, over your radios or filling your mailbox! So much is at stake in this election, and it is important that your voice is heard! Of course, the president is up for election as you and other voters determine who will lead our country and the executive branch of the government for the next four years. Also, 33 Senate seats are up for grabs, with 21 current Democrats, 10 Republicans and 2 Independents [...]

Congressional Corner

2024-03-29T02:09:01+00:00September 11th, 2012|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|

By Carrie L., Director of Congressional and State Relations Hi my name is Carrie and I am the Director of Congressional and State Relations at DPC. Each month I will write about what is happening in Congress related to kidney patient issues and try to keep it interesting! What is Congress up to this fall? Well while you may hear in the news that Congress isn’t doing a whole lot, which is partially true, they are actually going to be tackling some tough issues that affect all of us. As Members of Congress return to Washington, DC in September, the first [...]

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