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March 20, 2015

Spring into Action to Help Senior Citizens

MA Blog ImageMedicare Advantage (MA) is a federal program that helps provide coordinated health care to seniors. Currently there are proposed changes by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to the MA program. These changes mean higher costs and fewer healthcare choices.

There are seniors who already face difficulties paying for medications, sometimes choosing between food, medicine, or keeping the lights on.  Think about what additional costs will mean to them–or to many others facing challenges. People with early kidney disease and/or diabetes are at risk for losing important preventative and coordinated care services.

You can help! Spring into action to send a message to Congress by clicking on the above graphic. It only takes a minute. You can make a difference–each message counts.

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March 12, 2014

March Celebration and Awareness: Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day and World Kidney Day

Registered DietitianHappy Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day to the thousands of dedicated nutrition professionals committed to improving nutritional status and health in communities and individuals.

Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN) are experts at translating the science of nutrition into practical solutions you can apply toward living healthy. Their nutrition expertise helps guide individuals to make positive lifestyle choices through healthy food choices, exercise and life balance. RDNs work in hospitals, health clinics, long-term care facilities, fitness centers, schools and universities, grocery stores, research, private practice and dialysis centers. With over 1,700 renal dietitians, DaVita, a division of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. is the employer of choice for one of the largest renal dietitian groups in the USA, and now expanding to include international dietitians.

If you have a special dietitian, take a moment to recognize them by sending an E-Card, a phone call or email message today. The theme celebrated throughout National Nutrition Month® in March is “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right”, a focus on how to combine taste and nutrition to create and embrace healthy meals today and every day.

For people with diabetes and chronic kidney disease or those on dialysis, a dietitian who specializes in renal nutrition is an invaluable resource to help set up an individualized eating plan and provide education on nutrition for kidney patients. The best ways to find a dietitian are through a doctor referral or go to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website to find a dietitian by location and specialty.

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 In addition to National Nutrition Month, March is also National Kidney Month and tomorrow is World Kidney Day, a worldwide recognition of kidney disease and the need to identify those at risk. There are three simple things you can do tomorrow to participate:

1.       Start your day by drinking a glass of water, a symbolic gesture to recognize the importance of healthy kidneys.

2.       Go to DaVita.com and take the Kidney Disease Risk Quiz to learn about your risk for kidney disease.

3.       Attend the World Kidney Day Google+ Hangout at 8:30 PT/11:30 ET on March 13th for a 30-minute session dedicated to global kidney disease awareness.

Share these events with family and friends, and join me in celebrating Registered Dietitian Nutritionists and increasing kidney disease awareness throughout the month of March.

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August 8, 2013

CMS Dialysis Cuts: What It Means for Patients

Advocacy highlighted in yellowIf you are a patient receiving dialysis treatments, a family member or caregiver of a dialysis patient, or an active member of the kidney care community, this post has an important message and request for your help. Read more…

July 22, 2013

CMS-Proposed Cuts to Dialysis Payment: The Impact on Nutrition Care for Dialysis Patients

If you are a renal dietitian, you have most likely heard about the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposal to cut payment for dialysis treatment by nearly 10 percent. I encourage you to join the other members of the kidney care community who are responding in protest and even outrage that such a cut is being considered. Medicare payments already fail to cover treatment costs adequately, and it’s well known that dialysis centers with mostly Medicare patients operate at a loss and would not be able to operate if further cuts are implemented.

I’ve worked in the kidney community for more than 20 years and have witnessed many changes that have helped improve care and quality of life for dialysis patients. Read more…

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