4 Vital Things Dialysis Patients Need To Know About Their Care Providers

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With the proposed 12-percent cut to Medicare dialysis sending shockwaves through the health world, the Law Offices of Michael J. Evans LLC reveals how to spot a good dialysis center - or a bad one.

In the United States, the percent of facilities with high frequency patient-doctor contact declined from 23% in 1996-2001 to 5% in 2005-2008. Use of non-physician practitioners may account for some of this decrease.**

It’s estimated that half a million Americans are currently living with kidney failure. Nearly 400,000 make a triweekly trip to their nearest dialysis center in order to have their blood cleansed, a treatment that takes around four hours. It should be straight forward – but for most, their life expectancy could directly depend on the standard of care that they receive.

A study published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology* last week showed that patients with low patient-doctor contact were 11% more likely to die than those with high patient-doctor contact. Even the length of contact made a difference, with every 5-minute reduction in contact leading to a 5% increase in mortality.

It's not always easy to tell how well a dialysis center is performing. That's why Dialysis Lawsuits has launched a presentation designed to help evaluate care and performance, and offer advice on whether an alternate care provider should be sought. The presentation, which is also available in video form, makes understanding the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data and advice very easy, ensuring it can be understood by everyone.

Dialysis Lawsuit was set up to support dialysis patients and their family members through illness or death caused by dialysis. The experienced attorneys can offer advice and support, which makes making a claim much less daunting.

Got a question? Check out the Dialysis Lawsuit Google+ page, or visit the website for engaging, informative information on dialysis care.


Frequent and Longer Patient-Doctor Contact Key To Dialysis' Patient Health, Nephrology News and Issues, 29th July 2013, http://www.nephrologynews.com/articles/109655-frequent-and-longer-patient-doctor-contact-key-to-dialysis-patients-health)

Frequency, Duration of Patient-Doctor Contact Important for Improving Health of Dialysis Patients, News Medical, 26th July 2013, http://www.news-medical.net/news/20130726/Frequency-duration-of-patient-doctor-contact-important-for-improving-health-of-dialysis-patients.aspx?page=2)

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