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NEJM- Caught Covering Up for National Kidney Foundation–an indudstry front group | AHRP

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 | By William Tinker | No Comments

Readers of the New England Journal of Medicine should be forewarned:  The information in the pages of the NEJM is tainted by industry influence, its professional and scientific integrity are t…

Source: NEJM- Caught Covering Up for National Kidney Foundation–an indudstry front group | AHRP

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IS THE CMS STAR PROGRAM RESPONSIBLE FOR RECORD NUMBER YEAR-END DIALYSIS PATIENTS TERMINATED FROM CARE

Wednesday, December 28, 2016 | By arlene | 1 Comment

With the end of the year fast approaching there has been an alarming increase in the number of patients terminated from dialysis care. One has to wonder if these terminations are tied to the implementation of the Star Program by CMS as a way to grade care centers on results of patient care along with clinic reviews. Payments to the Dialysis providers for patient care are tied to this star program….more stars…..more money. Continue reading “IS THE CMS STAR PROGRAM RESPONSIBLE FOR RECORD NUMBER YEAR-END DIALYSIS PATIENTS TERMINATED FROM CARE” »

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Musician and Activist Chili Most added to Dialysis Advocates Board

Monday, October 31, 2016 | By William Tinker | No Comments

Chili Most chili-mostis a respected musician and creator of socially conscious music. His music will be featured in an upcoming movie “Stop The Violence/N Love With Love” He is one of the leaders of the Stop The Violence movement and an ordained minister. He is the host of the radio show “The Chili Most Show” weekdays and the host of a Sunday show on WVFG 107.5 FM in Union Town, Alabama. He is author of “The Queen Mother of Watts” the story of Dr. Sweet Alice Harris who has been an invited advisor and guest at The White House by several President’s. Chili’s music is available on I-Tunes.

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Nephrology needs more compassion—and less compliance

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 | By William Tinker | 1 Comment

This blog post was made by Dori Schatell, MS, Executive Director, Medical Education Institute on May 29th, 2015. It was originally posted on Home Dialysis Central  

Instead of insisting that people must “comply,” offering understanding and compassion may go further toward helping people take on the self-management role that is so vital to long-term success with chronic disease.

At the NKF Spring Clinicals meeting in March, a comment I was told that someone made at the microphone during a session still bothers me months later. The gist of it was: “Why does all of the responsibility for improving outcomes fall on clinicians—where is the patient in all of this?” [Good point, but it goes on…] “I lose money if my patients don’t reach the quality targets. Why can’t we fine the patients if they don’t do their part?—and audience members applauded!

Really?! We really have nephrologists who believe that punishing patients for not “complying” with their orders is going to improve outcomes? It seems that our community may need a refresher course in compassion. Continue reading “Nephrology needs more compassion—and less compliance” »

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Justice Department investigating DaVita subsidiary

Wednesday, December 16, 2015 | By William Tinker | No Comments

A recent Modern Healthcare website article by Lisa Schencker and Sabriya Rice deals with the ongoing investigation by the Justice Department of a DaVita Health Care subsidiary.

The False Claims Act investigation centers on the medical necessity of the procedures performed at two Florida centers that are part of RMS Lifeline, a DaVita subsidiary that provides vascular access management services for dialysis patients, according to the filing. The Justice Department has asked for medical records for 10 patients, among other documents, from January of 2008 through the present.
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CMS Notified of Abuse, Harassment and Retaliation at Dialysis Centers

Friday, December 5, 2014 | By William Tinker | No Comments

This is report 3 of 3 sent to CMS detailing the problems patients are having with harassment, retaliation and termination of care after questioning their level of care or reporting staff abuse at clinics. Termination of Dialysis care is undertaken with no hearing, or appeal.

Case # Date Clinic/Doctor Reported Problem Present Status
Case#109 9/9/14 Fresenius   3918 Montclair Rd. Suite 110 Birmingham, Al Patient moved and was set up to go to another Fresenius unit. The new clinic refused dialysis after the move, stating she was written the previous clinic for panhandling for transportation expenses from other patients, which other patients said was not true. Her insurance paid for transportation. Feel this is in retaliation from the Social worker, as she had ask her for help. TERMINATED. HAS NO WHERE TO GO EXCEPT HOSPITAL ER.
Case#110 9/9/14 Davita 9210 E. Vancouver Dr. Vancouver, WA Patient transferred from a Fresenius to DaVita. He was dialyzed several times and then told that there were some behavioral issues from past clinic. Director called him into a meeting to sign a “Behavioral Contract” on the hearsay of the other clinic after nothing appeared to be there when accepted. TERMINATED.
Case#111 9/9/14 DAVITA and Milwaukee Nephrology Group Family complained of having no say in parents care. Dr. O. and others going outside of family that had the Power of Attorney. The Nephrologist stated patient will be doing hospice and an army can’t save her.Fresenius refused to take her. TERMINATED FROM CARE FORCING INTO HOSPICE AGAINST PATIENTS FAMILY.
Case#112 9/9/14 Hospital Was in hospital and no one was taking her. Closed
Case#113 9/14 North Ridge Reseda Bld. Northridge, CA Patient has had to go to Emergency Room due to high blood pressure after treatments, multiple times
Case#114 9/9/14 Davita Minnesota Feels he is being paid back for complaining about care.
Case#115 9/9/14 Davita /Maryland University of Maryland Medical Center has treated her poorly. Her crime for complaining about care. Wrote on chart she is not to be treated if she comes back distressed. TERMINATED BY DAVITA/ University of Maryland stated in her records not to treat her when she comes back
Case#116 9/9/14 Davita Illinois Forcing medications on patient, he will be turned away if he does not take the medication. Family has been refused a meeting to discuss care. They have taken any decision away from family. FORCED MEDICATION WITHOUT FAMILY INPUT.
Case#117 9/9/14 Neomy DialysisBrooklyn, NY Patient was terminated from care after another patient went ballistic and attacked her. They claimed she started it; when in fact it was the other way around as the patient was on a machine and being dialyzed. She now is forced to live in a Nursing home and has not been able to be placed, nor was any investigation done. TERMINATED AND FORCED TO LIVE IN A NURSING HOME.
XXXXXXXXXXXX NEW CASES FOR OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER. THESE ARE THE MOST PRESSING! WE WILL BE POSTING OTHER CASES IN ANOTHER WEEK. XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Case#118 11/14 FRESENIUS 1409 E. CAPITAL DR. SHOREWOOD,WI/ DAVITA HUMBOLT RD,MILWAUKEE WI
  1. Patient used DaVita complaint line that promises there will be no retaliation for bringing up care and staff issues. The patient was harassed and intimidated by the staff as soon as it was learned he had filed a complaint on the complaint line. The patient went back to the complaint line notifying the clinic of the retaliation; no one from Davita stepped in to stop this harassment. He went to Fresenius as DaVita was unbearable. Then several workers from Davita working at this clinic spread false rumors. They stated that he was violent, gave two different stories with no Police Report. Fresenius terminated him on the spot on hearsay with no conference or taking his statement.

 

Patient went to St. Josephs Campus Medical Center, where the Davita staff in the hospital denied him care until he stripped down naked, and his clothes patted down. This happened even after the ER Staff assured them nothing was found. Continue.

Case #118

 

 

  1. He has been harassed, bullied and has not had the right, as many others, to face their accuser, there is no appeal. ESRD Network stated that they could not help.

 

  1. When he was again denied care, this time because he had not signed the proper paper work of which they had changed forms three times. Stating they did not have the forms anymore and could not help him. They would not return until Monday. Dr. Russell of CMS would not help and stated the Network was not to talk with his advocate, as the Network gave him the wrong paperwork and we had faxed in the one that CMS wanted, but they lost it, patient is in crisis. Patient had been waiting for 12 hours in Emergency Room only to be denied.

 

  1. Waited 3 hours for DaVita to dialyze him only to be told in the 3rd hour that the dialysis staff had left two hours earlier.

 

  1. After getting him back to a unit for dialysis 3 days a week in the hospital, then DaVita terminated him unless he saw their Psychiatrist or he would go back to the ER emergency only. He stated he has done nothing wrong; he has a hard time trusting DaVita; with good reason. DaVita has the dialysis contract with the hospital. One would think his Nephrologist would support him, as he is ultimately responsible for his care.

 

No Police report has been submitted for the rumors at all.

 

 

TERMINATED AND BLACKBALLED ON HEARSAY OF WORKER THAT HE COMPLAINED ABOUT HAVING TO DO DIALYSIS AND USING DAVITA’S COMPLAINT LINE. DIALYSIS ONLY IN THE NUDE.VIOLATION OF CIVIL RIGHTS, HUMAN RIGHTS AND TO DUE PROCESS TO FACE YOUR ABUSER.HIS CRIME IS COMPLAINING ABOUT CARE WITH THE PROMISE OF PROTECTION.FRESENIUS TERMINATED HIM ON HEARSAY.

 

 

Case#114 11/14 DCI New Orleans/Ochsner Health System,Jefferson LA
  1. Patient has had to dialysis in Emergency rooms due to termination by DCI taking pictures of deplorable conditions. She has been blackballed and patient has had creative reports written about her.
  2. The hospital Dialyzed her and kept her for 2 weeks, and then released her in a wheelchair it appears she had broken bone that were not set. She was promised home care but never received any. One statement was apparently made she is dying anyway.
TERMINATED/ HOSPITAL HAS SENT THIS PATIENT HOME AND DID NOT SET BROKEN BONES. SHE WAS SENT HOME WITH NO HELP,SHE WAS
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Medicare’s perverse incentive to keep patients on dialysis

Friday, December 5, 2014 | By William Tinker | No Comments

One of the most subtle deceptions hidden inside the cracks of our sick care system is the lie told to doctors: that health is our primary goal for our patients.

Click to read: http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2014/12/medicares-perverse-incentive-keep-patients-dialysis.html

A frank article written by NATASHA DEONARAIN, MD, MBA at KevinMD.com

Over 1,000 authors contribute to KevinMD.com: front-line primary care doctors, surgeons, specialist physicians, nurses, medical students, policy experts.  And, of course, patients, who need the medical profession to hear their voices.

It is refreshing to find a site dedicated to the voices of the many in health care that Do Care. William Tinker, CEO Dialysis Advocates

 

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Record Number of Dialysis Patients Being Terminated From Clinics

Friday, October 31, 2014 | By William Tinker | 4 Comments

There was a time when we here at Dialysis Advocates would only handle a few patient terminations each month, sadly that is no longer the case. We’ve seen a significant increase in terminations of care from the largest “For Profit” Dialysis companies. Many of these terminations seem to be on trumped up behavioral contracts many of which were not signed by the patient. It appears that many of these terminations have come after patients have reported quality of care issues with a clinic or complained about abuse from a dialysis worker.

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An evening with musician and activist Chili Most

Monday, August 18, 2014 | By arlene | No Comments

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Chili Most and Z Most have been making music since Chili was 3 years old. Recently they’ve established a Stop The Violence Wall encouraging people to report any kind of violence they’ve experienced, their friends or family members have experienced so they won’t be looked upon as just a number or collateral damage but as human beings. After over 140 radio interviews and more than forty million listeners we have so far gained the support of the National People’s Movement, People’s Movement For Change, 100 Black Men, N.A.A.C.P., National Action Network, Justice Seekers Texas, Nashville Peacemakers, Concerned Citizens Against Violence etc.

Thursday August 21 at 9:00 Eastern, 8:00 Central and 6:00 Pacific

www.chilimostmusic.com

To listen on the internet go to: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/dialysisadvocates/2014/08/22/dialysis-talk

Listen on the phone at (347) 857-3961

 

 

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Appointment of Representative form from HHS

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 | By Scott | 3 Comments

It appears that this is the new Appointment of Representative form that the Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has finally decided to use.  

For both Spanish and English versions, go to:

http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/CMS-Forms/CMS-Forms/CMS-Forms-Items/CMS012207.html

It has taken almost 40 years to have a form for an advocate to fill out and submit…Go figure.

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