Dialysis providers, union take sides in California over staffing ratios – Nephrology News & Issues

Monday, March 20, 2017 | By William Tinker | No Comments

A bill in the California State Senate proposes minimum staffing ratios in dialysis clinics, and providers say it would restrict flexibility and limit treatment shifts

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Involuntary discharge from dialysis: A health care practice like no other

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 | By arlene | 2 Comments

Involuntary discharge from dialysis — a life-sustaining treatment — is a uniquely American phenomenon.

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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…

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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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Should Dialysis Workers Be Banned From Having Patients as Friends on facebook?

Friday, December 16, 2016 | By arlene | No Comments

Should Dialysis Workers Be Banned From Having Patients as Friends on facebook?

Health care workers at a Dialysis Center were told to remove dialysis patients from their friend’s list on facebook. It appears the center wants to hamper Dialysis Patients and care givers from forming relationship where they might discuss common concerns.

After the large non-profit corporations took over, the patient to dialysis technicians ratios were increased to levels that no longer afforded time for technicians to form a bond with their patients. Those bonds helped patients feel they and the care giver were a team working together for the patients benefit. Present work loads at the major for-profits barely allow time to prepare for the next patient, let alone get to know the patient.

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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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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 http://dialysistechniciansworldwide.blogspot.com/ where dialysis technicians can go for support and answers.

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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.

 

 

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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” »

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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.

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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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