The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has included deep reimbursement cuts to dialysis vascular access services in its 2019 Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Proposed Rule. These cuts would negatively impact access to care for End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) patients by forcing them to receive vascular access services in the hospital outpatient setting, leaving patients exposed to higher costs, longer wait times and increased risk of infection associated with hospital-based care.
The Dialysis Vascular Access Coalition (DVAC) is working hard to stop these proposed cuts. We are asking lawmakers in Congress to urge CMS not to implement the so-called “office-based” designation for vascular access services in the 2019 ASC Final Rule in order to maintain and protect access to vascular access services.
Please follow the easy steps in the link below to send a letter to your lawmakers in Congress. We need your help to ensure policymakers are hearing from the healthcare professionals who know this issue best. Reach out to your U.S. Senators and Representative today!