May 31, 2022
Congress must stand up for dialysis patients like me - (The Hill Op-Ed)
An Op-Ed by Nieltje Gedney in The Hill newpaper
Multiple health care calamities brewing across the country — some precipitated by COVID-19, others that long preceded the pandemic — are getting little attention from policymakers in Washington. One that will be particularly disastrous is the 20 percent cut in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ finalized the Physician Fee Schedule Rule for 2022, which threatens the survival of people like me who need dialysis. Like many of the half-million Americans who require dialysis, I rely on the care of office-based specialists to make sure that I can properly receive the dialysis treatments I need to live. The CMS-directed cuts have impacts beyond vascular access; they impact cancer patients, fibroid patients, people with Peripheral Artery Disease, and many more specialty care providers.