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The Dialysis Vascular Access Coalition offers online tool to help you easily contact Congress

Friday, October 6, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Mary Lea Nations
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In its 2017 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) Final Rule, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized significant cuts to Medicare payments for vascular access centers.  Cuts to key vascular access preservation services in the physician office totaled 39% and these services are now paid at 25% of what is paid in the hospital.


The Dialysis Vascular Access Coalition (DVAC), of which the American Society of Diagnostic & Interventional Nephrology is a Member, is working hard to correct these cuts and recently filed a strong comment letter with CMS asking the agency to reverse the cuts (the letter is available here).

Now we need YOUR help!


A highly effective way for policymakers to learn more about the effects of a policy is by hearing from physicians and staff on the frontlines of care. We need you to contact your Members of Congress to express your concern with cuts in the CY 2017 PFS Final Rule through phone calls and email communication. 


DVAC has created an online tool that will allow you to easily and quickly send a letter to your lawmakers in the U.S. Congress asking them to protect Medicare funding for vascular access preservation services. A suggested email and phone message have been created at the link below. It takes just a few minutes of time to make your voice heard. 




I encourage you to take action today to help ensure that ESRD patients can continue to receive vital vascular access services in the physician office setting.


Thank you,

Timothy A. Pflederer, MD
 Chair, ASDIN Public Policy Committee