Archive for August, 2013


Wednesday, August 28, 2013 | By Scott | No Comments

He is in the ICU at Vanderbilt. It does not look good.

I don’t know how Dr. Schulman, Vanderbilt, CMS and Davita can sleep at night. Including the ESRD Network which is your oversight for Quality of care, signs off on dismissals. Our tax dollars working against you.

To release Thomas was a death sentence and all the clinics nearby that denied him care also need to be ashamed…if they are even capable of any empathy.

CMS has been aware and has once again, will allow this patient to die.

It will not be hidden any longer. We are mobilizing this demonstration and patients, this could’ve been you. If not you, who will fight for you if you won’t even fight for yourselves. You have an opportunity now with the marches. Dont expect someone else to do it. Be supportive of the marches and those who care that you have rights.

What do I tell discharge patients, do a crime and you will get dialyze as a prisoner. But, if you’re discharged in this country the industry puts up every road block to ensure you die. With CMS allowing it.

Being poor is his crime and with no right of appeal, you die..

Shame on us as a Nation…patients you need to step up to the plate. I have handled many, many discharges and all you have to do in some cases is complain about care.

$39,000.00 – The Yearly Price of Her Son’s Life

Monday, August 26, 2013 | By Scott | No Comments

After Thomas Giglio was denied dialysis treatment at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville by Gerald Schulman, M.D., F.A.S.N. (also none of the other doctors at the medical center would accept Thomas as a blackballed patient), complaints were filed with the Tennessee Department of Health and numerous inquires by Dialysis Advocates to see if some justice could be obtained.

End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Network 8 located a permanent outpatient facility for Thomas to receive his dialysis treatments.  Unfortunately, it’s in another county since no other local facility would accept him, and when crossing county lines, transportation will cost $125.00 per trip, that’s $250.00 round trip per treatment!

Thomas’ Mom wrote Dialysis Advocates, “They could only find a ride for $250 per day x 13 days a month.  THat is the price for my son’s life.  They can’t afford it, but expect I can”.  She continued, “Dr. Schulman knew this was ahead for us when he “fired” Thomas”.

Get More Details, Download the PDF  Thomas_Giglio_Network_8

Nashville patient denied life saving treatment.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 | By Scott | No Comments

This was a nightmare for Thomas Giglio who was blacklisted at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN.

Download the Discharge Letter and subsequent letters and forms.

DaVita Questionnaire, What’s The Point?

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 | By Scott | No Comments

Is DaVita really worried about your care?  Download their latest Patient Care Survey.  If you received this form, please check out the last page and see if the code(s) are the same on your form and let us know on Facebook.


Download the PDF of the Patient Survey

Download the PDF of the Patient Survey








DaVita warns of closing clinics due to federal cuts

Monday, August 12, 2013 | By Scott | No Comments

Ed Sealover
Denver Business Journal
Kent Thiry, chairman and CEO of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc., warned the kidney-care provider could have to close a number of clinics if the federal government cuts reimbursements next year.

Kent Thiry, chairman and CEO of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc., warned the kidney-care provider could have to close a number of clinics if the federal government cuts reimbursements next year.

Following a “weak quarter” in part of its business, Kent Thiry, chairman and CEO of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. (NYSE: DVA), said Tuesday that the kidney-care provider would have to start closing inner-city and rural clinics if the federal government goes through with its proposed 9.4 percent reimbursement cut to dialysis providers of Medicare patients in 2014.

Thiry didn’t say how many clinics the Denver-based company would have to close. But company officials confirmed they would be those that don’t have enough private payers to subsidize the large number of Medicare and Medicaid patients the company treats, as both programs reimburse at such a low level that they’re money losers for DaVita.

“If they can’t reimburse, there will be changes to patient access to care. There’s no two ways about it,” Thiry said during DaVita’s second-quarter earnings call. “Inevitably, some centers will close, and they will tend to be those centers that serve the most vulnerable populations.”

DaVita reported net income of $254.4 million



Monday, August 12, 2013 | By Scott | No Comments

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Is DaVita Serious? Scare Tactics and Outrageous Bonuses!

Monday, August 12, 2013 | By Scott | No Comments

Have you seen this?  Does DaVita think we are all idiots?  They’re threatening decreasing availability of services because of Medicare Cuts.  They’ve made it really simple for you to register your outrage and give you a checklist to contact Medicare.

Medicare_CutsWe’re glad to see that DaVita is so concerned about your dialysis care, but it seems interesting that they’re thinking of reducing operational expenses.  Why not start by reducing executive bonuses?

According to

Kent Thiry, the chairman and CEO for dialysis provider DaVita HealthCare Partners, took home $26.8 million last year even as Medicare moved to a bundled-payment system designed to cut costs. Thiry saw a roughly 50% increase in compensation, largely driven by about $8 million in restricted stock awards and another $1.25 million incentive payout. DaVita, which operates the nation’s largest chain of dialysis clinics, last November acquired HealthCare Partners, a medical group and physician network company. Skip Thurman, a spokesman for DaVita, said in an e-mail that patient outcomes factor into compensation for the company’s chief executive.

There are many highly paid execs in the medical industry, but do any of the others in the ModernHealthcare report use threatening scare tactics so they can continue doling out this kind of cash?