Lack of transportation can be a serious barrier for people on in-center hemodialysis. Cuts to transportation programs at the state and federal level can worsen an already serious problem. Many people with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) live on fixed incomes and with three treatments every week, transportation costs add up. Cuts to transportation programs can be devastating to countless individuals who rely on these services for their life-sustaining treatments, potentially forcing some to choose between treatments and basic necessities. Adding additional transportation costs for people on dialysis could also lead to increased use of emergency transportation and missed treatments, which can cause avoidable hospitalizations. As a result, DPC strongly supports Medicaid and other transportation programs.
Additionally, with most ESRD patients requiring dialysis treatment three times a week, convenient access to local facilities is key to ensuring: treatment adherence, positive health outcomes and a high quality of life. Recent studies have found that mortality rates increase with increased drive times, while quality of life decreases dramatically. DPC continues to educate policy makers about the adverse impact of lengthy drive times, especially for those in rural communities where choice may be limited.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), which is the federal Agency that oversees the Medicare program, recently reiterated its commitment to ensuring dialysis patient access to care during the current pandemic. They said [...]
Here is a list of resources for dialysis patients to help them get additional support during the COVID-19 viral outbreak and beyond. Resource topics include: disability, financial assistance, nutrition, healthcare, housing and utilities, jobs, transportation, women and children, daily living, and staying safe. In addition, visit your state department of health website for COVID-19 information that is specific to your area.
DPC provided feedback to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regarding the COVID-19-related issues that the kidney community is facing. DPC made recommendations to HHS in the following areas: Transportation COVID-19 [...]
Dialysis Patient Citizens wants to wish you and your family a Happy Holiday, as well as a safe and healthy New Year. Our offices will be closed for the holidays starting December 23 through January 1. [...]
A recent proposed rule released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) provided guidance for market stabilization of the Affordable Care Act. Within this proposed rule, network adequacy provisions for dialysis clinics provided [...]