Readers’ Forum

Dialysis funding

Dear editor,

Our team and patients at Warren Dialysis Center recently had the honor of hosting Congressman Glenn Thompson, who visited our facility to learn more about quality kidney care in our community.

Congressman Thompson had the opportunity to meet some of the DaVita Warren dialysis patients and saw first-hand the needs of patients in our community who rely on this life-saving dialysis care to survive. Yet on July 1st, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a 12 percent cut to reimbursements for dialysis.

I am concerned that these drastic cuts to dialysis care will have an enormously negative impact on our ability to provide quality care for our patients in Warren. Medicare funding for dialysis already falls short of covering the full cost of these treatments, and reducing payments by another $30 per treatment may be too costly for facilities to withstand without substantial changes.

Dialysis facilities such as ours have already absorbed repeated budget cuts in the past, Even so, dialysis centers across the country have continued to provide the best healthcare possible under added financial constraints.

If the proposed rule is passed, new cuts may force some facilities to reduce operating hours, consolidate services, or reduce available staff; others may be forced to close their doors altogether all of which will affect the my patients access to the high quality care they require.

My patients and caregivers appreciated the opportunity to share these concerns with Rep. Thompson and want to encourage readers to contact him to ensure that patient access to dialysis care is not harmed.

Shelly Wilson, RN

Regional Lead Facility Administrator

DaVita Warren Dialysis