Posts Tagged ‘Abuse’

Radio Show with Ruben Treviso about Veteran’s Dialysis issues

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 | By arlene | No Comments

Ruben Treviso has been an energetic fighter for veterans ever since he came back from Vietnam in 1971. He’s been involved in numerous projects in Greater L.A. to honor vets in recent years.

Ruben is a TV host on El Monte TV3 dealing with Veteran’s concerns. He recently interviewed Arlene and Bill Tinker founders of Dialysis Advocates along with Reverend Robert Hoyt one of the many Dialysis Patient’s they have helped.

Reverend Hoyt, a Veteran, had been wrongly terminated from Dialysis care after questioning his level of care. He along with Arlene and Bill told viewers of the many abuses taking place in some clinics.

Treviso has become involved with the problems in Dialysis Care and is bringing this to the attention of the many contacts he has in Washington.

Show Thursday August 14

Listen on the internnet at. blogtalkradio.com/dialysisadvocates

To listen call call 347-857-3961

9;00 Eastern, 8:00 Central and 6:00 Pacific

 

Dialysis – Justice For All on BlogTalkRadio

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 | By Scott | No Comments

Listen to frank discussions with patients, family, Doctors, and Dialysis health care workers about the state of Dialysis in America. Rev. Dr Floyd D. Harris, Jr. is the International President Of The National Network In Action a civil & human rights organization that fights for justice for all people. Dr. Harris is known all over world and speak truth to power.

Visit this BlogTalkRadio site to view Upcoming Broadcasts and Archived Episodes concerning the current situation of Dialysis health care in America.

www.blogtalkradio.com/nnia1

Here are some of the past broadcasts focusing on Dialysis Care:

www.blogtalkradio.com/nnia1/2013/10/16/lets-talk-dialysis

www.blogtalkradio.com/nnia1/2013/10/09/lets-talk-dialysis

www.blogtalkradio.com/nnia1/2013/10/02/lets-talk-dylasis

We encourage patients and family members to stand up for their rights and a better quality of care.

If you haven’t listened to any of these broadcasts live, these interviews have excellent information to help patients, families, and caregivers improve the state of Dialysis care.

New Dialysis Infection Prevention pamphlets going out to all dialysis clinics from CDC.

Friday, September 20, 2013 | By Scott | No Comments

Sept. 20, 2013 – We have some new dialysis infection prevention resources going out the door today to providers and patients.  These are being sent in packets to the ~6,000 dialysis facilities in the country.

 Please feel free to share with other patient advocates who may be interested in these materials.

Colleagues,

We are very excited to announce three new resources for preventing infections in dialysis patients: a Provider Training Video and accompanying Provider Poster and Patient Pocket Guide.  Please visit our Dialysis Safety website to see these new materials.  

http://www.cdc.gov/dialysis

Provider Training Video: Preventing Bloodstream Infections in Outpatient Hemodialysis Patients: Best Practices for Dialysis Staff. 

The video is intended to be used by outpatient hemodialysis facilities as an educational tool to help remind their frontline staff, including technicians and nurses, about infection prevention measures. It can be used as an orientation video for new staff and as an annual in-service training tool to remind staff of proper protocols.

Provider Poster: Put Together the Pieces to Prevent Infections in Dialysis Patients

The poster can be posted in staff lounges or on the treatment floor to serve as a reminder of the messages in the video and other important ways to prevent infections.

Patient Pocket Guide: 6 Tips to PreventDialysisInfections

The patient pocket guide is intended to educate patients on ways they can help prevent infections and can be shared as part of an information packet or reviewed with them by clinical staff.

The poster and pocket guide are available for order through our warehouse. The DVD will be available for order starting next week.

Today, we are conducting a mailing to provide one copy of each of these materials to each outpatient hemodialysis facility in the U.S.  We hope you will help promote these materials and encourage facilities in your area to use them.

Please visit our Dialysis Safety website for additional infection prevention resources, including a free continuing education (CE) activity and several observation tools, checklist tools, and protocols.

Thank you for your continued commitment to preventing infections in hemodialysis patients.

Regards,

Abbigail

Abbigail Tumpey, MPH CHES
Associate Director for Communications Science
Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clifton Rd NE
Atlanta, GA
Phone: 404-639-1125
Cell: 404-259-7064
Email: atumpey@cdc.gov  

Dialysis Patients being discharged with no appeal, no assistance from CMS & ESRD

Thursday, September 19, 2013 | By Scott | No Comments

Sent: Tuesday, August 20, 2013 12:21 PM
To: Conway, Patrick H. (CMS/CCSQ)
Subject: Patients being discharged with no appeal.

Dr. Conway,

I have tried to reach you in the past. It appears that there is a trend, that has been going on for years. It has been allowing dialysis units to discharge patients for no cause, even with creative paperwork to discharge the patient unfairly. Then when a patient is discharged the patient is blackballed at any other clinic, denying them entrance. A patient is denied a transplant and used as a payback, by labeling them non-compliant…without the patients knowledge..It is a nightmare to be a patient on dialysis.

CMS promised me that they were not going to allow anymore discharges of patients unless they are violent. These Nephrologists are now dismissing them, because they can. I am getting a record number of discharges myself.

I have one currently in Nashville and have contacted CMS at the highest levels. This patient was dismissed from a Nephrologist from Vanderbilt Medical University, a co-director of Nephrology Clinical trials. Which receives Federal dollars. He is partners with Davita.

These are just some of the discharged patients that are recent, with CMS sitting on their hands. I will not insult you with the fact that the ESRD Networks are the main players in these discharges and provide the legal way to “dump” a patient. I thought they were for quality of care of the patients.

Patients speaking out on care are fearful of retaliation.

Patients discharged have no appeal process and die. CMS has been contacted on every discharge and has sat by and did nothing.

Patients are not allowed to see their charts in many clinic…

If your interested the information is below on how to reach me. I also would invite you to go on www.dialysisadvocates.com and go to patient stories and the news with the radio interviews of patients. This industry has been allowed to do pretty much as it pleases, CMS standing by silent. This is not about healthcare and the money for patient care is going to industry “bonuses”.

I am seeking help for patients getting quality of care and to have rights in these clinics. I have done thousands of complaints, with no help from CMS. It is about time to ensure patients have rights with qualified workers. It is getting where my caseload with discharged patients and abusive practices are on the rise.

Another trend is that we have had patients have full fledged strokes in clinics and the staff will not call 911, but will call the family. Infection control is another area that is costing lives and medicare money. They simply have them go to the ER for care and they are infection free.

Respectfully,
Arlene Mullin-Tinker
Dialysis Advocates LLC

Download their reply, it isn’t very comforting.

CMS_Response-09-16-13

More Reports of Heart Complications and Deaths from DaVita and Fresenius Dialysis

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 | By Scott | No Comments

lawyersandsettlements.com
September 9, 2013, 01:30:00PM. By Jane Mundy

Laguna Niguel, CA: Sons and daughters of parents believed to have suffered cardiac arrest, stroke, respiratory issues and other health problems linked to the use of GranuFlo and NaturaLyte administered at DaVita Healthcare Centers are now considering a DaVita and Fresenius lawsuit.

Although Henry’s mother died in the hospital from cardiac arrest, he knows she was given GranuFlo during dialysis treatments at a DaVita Center. “My mother started dialysis in 2007, and she went to the DaVita Center three times a week without fail,” says Henry. “She got sick about two weeks before she died and was given hemodialysis at her bedside in the hospital. Her blood pressure went down and she stopped breathing; they put her on a respirator and sent her to ICU where she stayed just a few days. Her doctor called to tell me she had massive brain bleeding and passed away.

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Radio Show with Chili Most on WVFG 107.5

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 | By Scott | No Comments

Dialysis Advocates has provided Chili Most with a number of patients across the nation to interview. It is an opportunity to have dialysis patients tell their stories, and hearing it in their own word has so much more impact.

If any patients want to be included and tell their story, please go to Dialysis Advocates and Contact Us, you’ll have complete privacy using our form.

Prayers Were Answered

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 | By Scott | No Comments

Thank you everyone for your prayers and support for Thomas in Nashville, he is now accepted in a Vanderbilt clinic. It appears that they had a change of heart, or was it the threat of involving the ALCU? It was a close call that he didn’t die, but he is not doing well…hopefully this will end this insanity. Someone needs to be held accountable.

Again, thank you for your prayers and Thomas appreciates every one. This young man will be able to live, but what about the patients we know nothing of their discharges and inhumane treatment.

If you or anyone you how is being mistreated, contact Dialysis Advocates.  We protect your privacy and it’s anonymous.  Patients have rights, but you must stand up for them.

Inspector General Faults Medicare for Not Tracking ‘Extreme’ Prescribers

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 | By Scott | No Comments

More than 700 doctors nationwide wrote prescriptions for elderly and disabled patients in highly questionable and potentially harmful ways, according to a critical report of Medicare’s drug programreleased today.

The review by the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services flags those doctors as “very extreme” in their prescribing – and says that Medicare should do more to investigate or stop them.

Read More in the ProPublica article by Tracy Weber, Charles Ornstein and Jennifer LaFleur

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