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Failure To Inform

Many on debilitating dialysis not told about transplantation option

September 27, 2009
By Andrew Conte and Luis Fábregas
The failure of doctors at dialysis clinics to inform thousands of patients about kidney transplantation may be shortening lives and costing taxpayers millions of dollars a year, a Tribune-Review investigation found. -- Kidney transplantation adds an average ...


Private insurers keep dialysis clinics humming

September 28, 2009
By Andrew Conte and Luis Fábregas
New patients with private insurance supply lifeblood to the $65 billion-a-year dialysis industry. Fresenius Medical Care, the world's largest dialysis provider, made more than $800 million last year -- even though it reported losing money on those patients who receive federal Medicare benefits. Its top competitor, DaVita, meanwhile, made $374 million last ...


Kidney transplants can extend lives by 10 years or more

September 28, 2009
By Andrew Conte and Luis Fábregas
Ten years. That's the projected time a person with kidney disease can gain by getting a transplant instead of lingering on dialysis treatments, according to a 1999 study in the New England Journal of Medicine. "The standard of care should be to immediately refer patients on dialysis for a transplant," said Dr. ...


Experts: Crucial to get on waiting list as soon as possible

September 28, 2009
By Andrew Conte and Luis Fábregas
Aaron Cannon believes there's a good chance he would have a new kidney by now. Problem is, he didn't realize he could get listed for a transplant at the early stages of his illness. Even though he ...


Nation's dialysis patients not informed about kidney transplantation

October 4, 2009
By Andrew Conte and Luis Fábregas
The failure by some doctors to inform dialysis patients about kidney transplantation underscores the need to overhaul the health care system, lawmakers and experts said following an investigation the Tribune-Review published a week ago. "You have pointed out the Achilles' heel of Medicare," said Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair, a ...


Getting new kidney may be better option than being on dialysis

November 8, 2009
By Andrew Conte and Luis Fábregas
Amy Waterman figures she saves federal taxpayers about $1 million for every five Medicare patients she persuades to switch from dialysis to a kidney transplant. That's a conservative estimate for how much money Medicare saves when ...


Kidney waitlists often miss target

December 20, 2009
By Andrew Conte and Luis Fábregas
Three out of five dialysis clinics failed to meet a federal goal of having at least a quarter of their patients listed for a kidney transplant, according to data the Tribune-Review obtained. At some clinics, transplant ...