Cuts to dialysis services will impact lives

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Our caregiving team and patients at Lancaster Dialysis Center recently had the honor of hosting District 5 Congressman Mick Mulvaney, who visited our facility to learn more about quality kidney care in our community.
One in 10 Americans is affected by kidney disease, so chances are most readers know someone with kidney disease or kidney failure. Kidney failure patients require four-hour dialysis sessions three times a week, as well, as other services, including lab services, nursing care, medications and more, so that they can continue living full and active lives – but more importantly – to survive.
During Mulvaney’s visit, I shared my grave concern regarding a recent proposal by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to drastically cut dialysis funding, reducing payment for this lifesaving care by almost 10 percent.
I am concerned about the impact these cuts will have on my ability to provide reliable quality care to the 110 Lancaster patients we care for every day – more than 80 percent of whom rely on Medicare.
Medicare already falls short of covering the full cost of these treatments, and I fear CMS’ proposal to slash dialysis payment will further reduce reimbursement that is below the cost of care. Such a shortfall will have a direct and immediate impact on our patients. Cuts this deep may force facilities to reduce operating hours and/or reduce their staffs, making it more difficult for my patients to fit dialysis treatments into daily life, or even to access treatment in Lancaster.
My patients and caregivers appreciated the opportunity to share these concerns with  Mulvaney. We encourage readers to contact him to ensure that patient access to dialysis care is not harmed.
Please help ensure adequate payments for dialysis so my patients and others across the country can continue to receive the quality dialysis care they rely on to survive.

Sunni Deese
Davita of Lancaster
facility administrator