Category: Chronic Disease Care

Feds Pave The Way To Expand Home Dialysis — But Patients Hit Roadblocks

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Judith Graham Home dialysis for older adults will become more common in the years ahead, experts predict — but not without overcoming significant challenges. By 2025, the Trump administration wants 80% of people newly diagnosed with kidney failure to receive home dialysis or kidney transplants, according to an executive order issued in July. Currently, more ….  Read More

Watch: What Happened To That $500K Dialysis Bill

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August 6, 2019 After Sovereign Valentine suffered kidney failure, he got a $540,842 bill for 14 weeks of out-of-network dialysis care. Here, he and his wife, Dr. Jessica Valentine, described their experience. Their Bill of the Month story was told by KHN, NPR and CBS. Copy HTML We encourage organizations to republish our content, free ….  Read More

Infusion Treatments — Needed or Not — Can Deplete Patients’ Wallets

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Shefali Luthra, Kaiser Health News Shannon Wood Rothenberg walked into her annual physical feeling fine. But more than a year later, she’s still paying the price. Routine bloodwork from the spring 2018 visit suggested anemia, of which she has a family history. Her doctor advised pills. After two months with no change, the doctor sent ….  Read More

Doctor Alexa Will See You Now: Is Amazon Primed To Come To Your Rescue?

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Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). Now that it’s upending the way you play music, cook, shop, hear the news and check the weather, the friendly voice emanating from your Amazon Alexa-enabled smart speaker is poised to wriggle its way into all things health care. Amazon has big ambitions for ….  Read More

Using Obamacare Authority, Trump Aims To Shift Dialysis Care To Patients’ Homes

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced a bold plan to improve care to patients with kidney disease, which he claimed would save thousands of lives each year and billions of dollars for taxpayers. “It could be higher if it works the way we anticipate,” Trump boasted in a 25-minute speech to dozens of kidney patients, ….  Read More