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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In Case You Missed It: San Diego Union-Tribune condemns United Healthcare Workers West for using dialysis patients like “political pawns.”

For Immediate Release:  August 15, 2017 Contact: Kathy Fairbanks, 916-443-0872

In Case You Missed It:

San Diego Union-Tribune condemns United Healthcare Workers West for using dialysis patients like “political pawns.”

SACRAMENTO – The San Diego Union-Tribune editorial board condemned the latest political manipulation by United Healthcare Workers West (UHW) after UHW filed two ballot measures last week related to dialysis care.

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San Diego Union Tribune: Editorial: Real threat to dialysis patients comes from an unexpected place

Editorial: Real threat to dialysis patients comes from an unexpected place San Diego Union Tribune August 11, 2017 The Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers has a taste for political hardball. In recent years, it’s pushed for California ballot measures that would limit hospital executives’ pay and cap hospital charges to try to create leverage to force health-care providers to increase SEIU-UHW-represented workers on their payrolls. In 2014, The San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial Board likened these tactics to “blackmail.”

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Palm Springs Desert Sun: SB 349 is dangerous for patients and our community

SB 349 is dangerous for patients and our community August 9, 2017 Dr. Bryan Stone

As a local doctor, I wear many hats including patient advocate, kidney specialist, medical executive committee member, member of the California Medical Association, father and educator. I consistently reach out to politicians and medical leaders in our community in an effort to inform them about the needs of patients we see with worries about medical problems, out-of-pocket costs and access to empathetic quality care.

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DialysisPatients1st responds to ballot measures filed by United Healthcare Workers West union today.

For Immediate Release: August 9, 2017 Contact: Kathy Fairbanks, 916-443-0872

DialysisPatients1st responds to ballot measures filed by United Healthcare Workers West union today.

UHW once again threatening to use statewide ballot initiatives to further its agenda – to the detriment of patients.

SACRAMENTO – Today, DialysisPatients1st issued the following statement in response to news first reported in the LA Times that the United Healthcare Workers West union has filed statewide ballot initiatives that would harm dialysis patients by greatly reducing access to care. The initiatives include policy which mirrors SB 349 (Lara) – flawed legislation that would be dangerous for dialysis patients. UHW has a long history of filing ballot measures in an attempt to gain members. The statement below can be attributed to Kathy Fairbanks, spokeswoman for DialysisPatients1st:

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In Case You Missed It: East Bay Times and San Jose Mercury News Editorials Oppose SB 349

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

In Case You Missed It:

East Bay Times and San Jose Mercury News Editorials Oppose SB 349

East Bay Times: SB 349 is dangerous to patients (especially poor ones), will increase costs and likely won’t improve quality.”

San Jose Mercury News: Bill to Raise Costs of Dialysis Threatens Patients’ Lives”

SACRAMENTO – Today, the East Bay Times and San Jose Mercury News editorialized in opposition to Senate Bill 349 (Lara). They join editorial boards throughout the state that are strongly opposed to the bill. SB 349 establishes mandatory staffing ratios in dialysis clinics, despite the fact that there is no evidence that staffing ratios lead to better care.

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East Bay Times: Editorial: Bill to set dialysis clinic ratios does more harm than good

Editorial: Bill to set dialysis clinic ratios does more harm than good East Bay Times August 1, 2017 As nearly every college student who studied psychology in the 1960s and ’70s knows, Abraham Maslow updated and popularized the trope “if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” The phase is as true today as it was then, especially when talking about the California Legislature.

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San Jose Mercury News: Editorial: California bill to raise costs of dialysis threatens patients’ lives

Editorial: California bill to raise costs of dialysis threatens patients’ lives San Jose Mercury News August 1, 2017 An insidious bill in the California Legislature that purports to improve medical care will actually endanger the most vulnerable of lives: Low income and elderly residents who need regular dialysis for their very survival.

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Merced Sun Star: Letter to the Editor: Bill requiring more staffing for dialysis will hurt patients in Merced

Letter to the Editor: Dr. Thanh Nguyen: Bill requiring more staffing for dialysis will hurt patients in Merced July 31, 2017 As a practicing nephrologist for nine years who treats dialysis patients in Merced, Los Banos, Atwater and Turlock, I’m strongly opposed to Senate Bill 349. It will restrict patient’s access to life-saving dialysis treatment.

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Stockton Record: Guest view: State senate bill endangers dialysis patients

Guest view: State senate bill endangers dialysis patients July 30, 2017 Jagjit Singh, MD

I have been a nephrologist (kidney doctor) for more than 25 years. I’m responsible for the care of 125 patients in San Joaquin County who have End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), or kidney failure. Patients with kidney failure need dialysis, which means they need to be hooked up to a machine three days a week, for three or four hours at a time so the machine can clean toxins from their blood and fluid from their bodies. Without dialysis, they have no chance for survival.

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