DialysisPatients1st statement on Senator Lara announcement that SB 349 (dialysis ratios) will not be taken up for vote this year.

For Immediate Release:  September 8, 2017 Contact: Kathy Fairbanks, 916-443-0872

DialysisPatients1st statement on Senator Lara announcement that SB 349 (dialysis ratios) will not be taken up for vote this year.

  SACRAMENTO –  DialysisPatients1st, a coalition of thousands of doctors, nurses, patients, veterans, hospitals, dialysis caregivers, clinics and others opposed to SB 349 today expressed satisfaction that Senator Ricardo Lara, the author of the bill, planned to suspend a vote on the dialysis clinic staffing bill and make it a two-year bill.

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Here’s what opponents of SB 349 are saying about the dialysis clinic staffing bill

For Immediate Release:  September 1, 2017 Contact: Kathy Fairbanks, 916-443-0872

Here’s what opponents of SB 349 are saying about the dialysis clinic staffing bill:

“Strict staffing requirements without flexibility could limit patient access to their regular life-sustaining dialysis treatment and thus is dangerous for patients.” – Renal Physicians Association

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Doctors, health care and policy experts agree No evidence staffing ratios in dialysis clinics will improve patient care.

For Immediate Release:  August 24, 2017 Contact: Kathy Fairbanks, 916-443-0872

Doctors, health care and policy experts agree

No evidence staffing ratios in dialysis clinics will improve patient care.

SACRAMENTO – Supporters of SB 349 (Lara) are suggesting that mandated staffing ratios in dialysis clinics will improve quality of care. Yet so far, they’ve produced no evidence to back up that claim. Doctors, health care and policy experts can’t find any evidence, either.

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Riverside Press-Enterprise: Opinion: Senate Bill 349 would harm dialysis patients

Opinion: Senate Bill 349 would harm dialysis patients August 22, 2017 Jay Agarwal, M.D.  As a kidney doctor treating patients in Riverside County for more than 12 years, I’ve seen the large growth in demand for dialysis treatment in our community. The number of patients in Riverside County with end stage renal disease, or kidney failure, has increased by nearly 8 percent from 2009-2015 — far greater than the statewide average.

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In Case You Missed It: LA Times opposes SB 349 (dialysis center staffing ratios)

For Immediate Release:  August 21, 2017 Contact: Kathy Fairbanks, 916-443-0872

In Case You Missed It:

LA Times opposes SB 349 (dialysis center staffing ratios)

Bill “would make costly dialysis treatment even more expensive without trying to incentivize or measure any improvement in care.”

SACRAMENTO – The LA Times today opposed SB 349 (Lara) saying the bill “would make costly dialysis treatment even more expensive without trying to incentivize or measure any improvement in care.”

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LA Times: Editorial: How many nurses does it take to change a patient’s blood?

Editorial: How many nurses does it take to change a patient’s blood? LA Times August 21, 2017 One in seven Americans suffers from chronic kidney disease, usually as a toxic byproduct of diabetes or high blood pressure. Almost half a million people across the country, including more than 60,000 in California, have conditions so severe that they require dialysis three times a week or a new kidney to stay alive. Caring for each of those patients costs a whopping $89,000 a year on average, most of which is paid by taxpayers through Medicare and Medicaid.

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California’s Former Director of Finance: SB 349 Would Increase Costs to Care for Medi-Cal Patients on Dialysis by Up to $270 Million Annually

For Immediate Release:  August 16, 2017 Contact: Kathy Fairbanks, 916-443-0872

California’s Former Director of Finance:

SB 349 Would Increase Costs to Care for Medi-Cal Patients on Dialysis by Up to $270 Million Annually

SACRAMENTO – A new analysis prepared by Michael Genest, California’s former Director of Finance, finds that Senate Bill 349 (Lara), the dialysis clinic staffing ratio bill, would increase costs to care for Medi-Cal patients by as much as $270 million each year. SB 349 would mandate minimum staffing ratios for nurses, technicians, social workers and dieticians at California dialysis clinics. A significant percentage of patients on dialysis in California are covered by the state’s Medi-Cal program for low-income people.

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