by Gary Peterson
NephrOnline has an article about four major kidney patient groups asking Congress to help correct the ESRD transition adjuster rate.
"The American Kidney Fund, Dialysis Patient Citizens, National Kidney Foundation and Renal Support Network last week sent joint letters requesting Congress intervention to fix the transition adjuster to House and Senate leadership as well as select committee leadership."
This strategy seems to be the same one used by large providers for the last two decades to win increases in the composite rate. In the past, individual patients were encouraged to sign form letters expressing concern about the falling quality of care. Today, patient organizations -- which rely heavily on corporate contributions -- are playing that role.
And has the quality of dialysis care has declined?
None of these "patient" organizations provided any commentary on the ProPublica/Atlantic articles that appeared earlier this month on the quality of dialysis patient care.
The only person that I have heard publicly address the content of the articles and insist that they "should cause a sense of outrage" is.... Dr. Barry Straube.