News

February 7, 2014
DPC is currently working on two initiatives that require your input!
 

First, the National Quality Forum is conducting a study of "Person-Centered Care" and is looking for patient input. DPC has volunteered to collect patient viewpoints on this subject and we are inviting our members and other dialysis patients to share your experience with and insights into the care you've received.

January 13, 2014

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) patients who progress to end-stage renal disease (ESRD) before the age of 65 now have a new health insurance option—exchange health plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Non-elderly patients who do not have, or will not be continuing, employer-sponsored insurance may be better off in an exchange plan depending on their financial circumstances.

December 1, 2013

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) acknowledged patient concerns by delaying for two years its planned cut to the Medicare End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) program. The Medicare agency’s decision didn’t give dialysis patients everything we asked for, but it does mean that nearly $2 billion slated to be cut from kidney care in 2014 and 2015 will remain available to treat patients. However, it also means that patient advocates must be vigilant for any signs that access to care is shrinking as providers anticipate cuts now scheduled to take effect in 2016.

December 1, 2013

Preparations for the DPC Education Center’s Inaugural Gala scheduled for Tuesday, March 11, 2014 are in full swing.  Our venue is 101 Constitution Avenue, NW in Washington, DC.   The rooftop terrace offers a spectacular panorama of downtown with the crown jewel, the Capitol building, at the forefront.  You won’t find a more beautiful vantage point. 

December 1, 2013

DPC has revised the Patient Ambassador program to offer participants a better overall experience. 

December 1, 2013

After tireless efforts by DPC and others in the kidney community, President Obama signed the HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act into law on November 21, 2013.

December 1, 2013

Dialysis Patient Citizens (DPC) is holding our 2014 World Kidney Day Fly-in from March 11 through March 13 in Washington, DC.   Are you ready to join the nation’s top patient advocates in Washington, DC and talk to your legislators directly about the issues that affect dialysis patients?  If so, click here!

October 10, 2013

Kidney Care Partners' PEAK (Performance Excellence and Accountability in Kidney Care) quality improvement initiative spurred a 25 percent reduction in mortality rates for dialysis patients in the first 90 days of treatment and a nearly 14 percent reduction during the first
year, according to an analysis of data prepared by Brown University*.

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