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DVAC Recognizes National Kidney Month
DVAC uses National Kidney Month to Draw Attention to the Importance of VACs and negative impacts of clinical labor cuts
March 20, 2023
WASHINGTON, DC —In recognition of National Kidney Month, the Dialysis Vascular Access Coalition (DVAC) is highlighting the importance of vascular access centers (VACs) and office-based specialists to dialysis patients and the devastating impact of cuts to these services.
Office-based Providers at vascular access centers of excellence (VACs) play a critical role in providing vascular access services to patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). VACs serve as specialized, patient-focused centers dedicated to providing vascular access creation and preservation services in the office or ASC setting. With a lower risk of infection and hospitalizations, these settings are patient-preferred and also produce better outcomes for patients and their families.
The Dialysis Vascular Coalition is deeply concerned and disappointed that Congress has failed to protect this care. The newest clinical labor cuts, which went into effect January 1st thanks to the 2023 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS), will undoubtedly force many local providers to close their doors.
Dr. Dean Preddie, DVAC’s policy chair, said, “This month, we are again trying to draw attention to the importance of vascular access centers to our healthcare system. It is imperative that federal policymakers take immediate and aggressive steps to prevent a crippling impact to patients.”