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.


Author Cassia Ann Hill Added to Our Board

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

Cassia Hill Hillis a CCHT certified dialysis technician, entrepreneur, and author of 2 bestselling books in nephrology, and self-help. She is currently studying to gain a degree in Criminal Justice. Her books “Expert Tips On Becoming a Dialysis Technician” and “The Wisdom Secret Diary of a Dialysis Technician” give inspiration and advice to dialysis caregivers.

Cassia has her own blog where dialysis technicians can go for support and answers.


New Board Member Added

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

Lisa Baxter lisa-baxteris a Dialysis Patient and author of “Through the Eyes of a Dialysis Patient” a book on her experiences as a patient. She is President and founder of Blessed Kidneys Connection which she founded in 2010. Lisa has her own Youtube channel dealing with Dialysis issues. She graduated with a Associates Degree from Empire State College. She works in the Social Service Field and loves to work with people. She is an advocate for anyone needing help. In 1995 she was diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease and went on dialysis in 2004. Lisa decided to become an advocate for patients and family members. She produced a DVD “Life on Dialysis” in 2009 her story on dialysis.




Marie A. DeFrancesco-Loukas Appointed Director of Public Relations and Patient Education

Friday, September 30, 2016 | By William Tinker | No Comments

Marie A. DeFrancesco-Loukas, is a RN, MSN, CRNP, CRNA Marie joins our Board with over 22 years of experience as a healthcare professional.  marie-picShe began her career in Pediatrics and took care of children with renal disease at Mt. Sinai in New York. Her duties included caring for inpatient dialysis patients.  At Columbia-Presbyterian Marie worked in the Pediatric ICU and cared for critically-ill children in acute and chronic Renal Failure and was a Prisma (CVVHD) instructor; which is a continuous form of dialysis.  She holds a Bachelor of Science from Wagner College, Master of Science from Wagner College as a Family NP, Post-Master’s from Stonybook as a Pediatric NP, Post-Master’s Continue reading “Marie A. DeFrancesco-Loukas Appointed Director of Public Relations and Patient Education” »


Internationally Known Doctor and Author Robert Bear joins Board of Directors at Dialysis Advocates

Thursday, September 22, 2016 | By William Tinker | No Comments

Dr. Robert Bear has a long history in Health Care Management in Canada and the U.S.


Practiced Medicine (Nephrology) and was a Professor of Medicine at two Canadian Academic Health Science Centers, University of Toronto & University of Alberta (Edmonton). Held a number of senior positions in both academic and health care administration in each Centre. Established successful health care consulting company (Fresnel Management Ltd), that for over 14 years has engaged in health care management consulting projects independently or with other companies in most Canadian provinces.

Author of “Sorrows Reward”. a medical novel. Invited speaker on health care in Canada and the U.S. Guest blogger on multiple sites. Currently working on a second novel. Dr. Bear’s novel shows his great concern and care for the present state of care for patients, families and the many care givers who are coping with the present RENAL system.

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CMS examines inappropriate steering of people eligible for Medicare or Medicaid into Marketplace plans

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 | By William Tinker | No Comments

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today issued a request for information seeking public comment on concerns that some health care providers and provider-affiliated organizations may be steering people eligible for, or receiving, Medicare and/or Medicaid benefits into Affordable Care Act-compliant individual market plans, including Health Insurance Marketplace plans, for the purpose of obtaining higher reimbursement rates. Go here for the whole story.


Dialysis Providers Pay Out Over $2 Billion in Settlements

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 | By William Tinker | No Comments

It will probably come as no surprise that most of the major renal care facilities in the US have come under investigation for fraud in recent years, including Fresenius Medical Care America, DaVita Inc. Renal Care Group, Quest Diagnostics, and Bone Care International.

A partial list of settlements paid since 2000


Fresenius $250 million Granuflo heart problems and deaths 2016
$82 million Unauthorized claims for Renal care 2011
$19 million Billing for unqualified home dialysis 2010
$486 million Billing fraud, unnecessary labs, kickbacks 2000
DaVita $450 million Wasting medicine to collect the markup/profit 2015
$400 million Kickbacks in exchange for patient referrals 2014
DaVita/Gambro $37 million Kickbacks, unnecessary tests, overbilling 2005
DaVita/Gambro $325 million Kickbacks, overbilling 2004
DaVita/Gambro $53 million Medically unnecessary lab test 2000




Dialysis Advocates Presentation on Patient Termination in New York August 1, 2016

Thursday, August 11, 2016 | By William Tinker | No Comments

This powerful presentation highlights some of the problems with present Dialysis care in America. Patients are fearful of the quality of care and when they question that care they often face retaliation.

Click on the below link to view presentation.

An Outrage Like No Other aV2


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Dialysis Advocates Speaks at 2016 Judicial Violence Symposium in New York

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 | By William Tinker | No Comments

Dialysis Advocates was an invited speaker at the Judicial Violence, Race, and Moral Imperative Symposium held July 31 thru August 2nd in Harlem. The Symposium was a gathering of Pastors and Civil Rights Leaders concerned with the current state of Civil Rights in America. Keynote speaker was Danny Glover actor and activist.

Arlene Mullin’s of Dialysis Advocates, powerful presentation on the plight of minorities and the disadvantaged in Dialysis care centers along with the unjust termination dialysis care of these patients was greeted with outrage and shock by those in attendance. Prior to Ms. Mullins presentation a short draft of a future documentary by documentarian Gordon Skinner who has filmed patients’ personal stories of fear and retaliation was very moving. With disbelief of what they were seeing, asking questions and realized that this is real. We now have a National Shout Out to alert Civil Rights Leaders and Activist in their communities Nationwide of the Dialysis


March of over a Thousand for Civil Rights July 30th held in Harlem.


We were invited to attend the March in Harlem. The photo is of those that are recognized as leaders.



Dialysis patients aren’t the only victims of Blacklisting….Nurses Black Listed Too

Monday, July 11, 2016 | By William Tinker | No Comments

Source: Blacklisting: The dirty side of travel nursing – Nephrology News & Issues

The above source spells out the problem in nursing.

Dialysis patients aren’t the only victims of Blacklisting; a practice where false accusations are used  as retaliation for questioning care or clinics conditions or abuse. These are used against patients to terminate their care; they are then Blacklisted from all of the clinics in their area. Now comes evidence that these same tactics of false information  is used to terminate nurse early from a contract to save money or retaliation or plain vindictiveness.

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