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Kidney Patient Organizations, Kidney Community Come Out in Support of Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) Extension
Date:12/12/2007

support an additional 12 month extension of Medicare secondary payer (MSP) as a means to generate savings to help offset the costs of other improvements for patients in the ESRD program.

An excerpt of a letter from DaVita Patient Citizens, the largest dialysis patient organization with over 20,000 members - pre-dialysis and dialysis patients as well as their family members - reads:

Besides restricting patients' right to choose to keep their private insurance coverage longer, not extending the MSP period will prevent many of the needed reforms within the ESRD program. One of the most important steps is to provide those individuals at risk of kidney failure with education about the factors associated with kidney disease in the hopes of preventing them from reaching kidney failure. Consistently our members state that they were not aware of the risk factors that cause much of kidney disease--diabetes and hypertension. Prior knowledge could have reduced their risk of kidney failure and possibly dialysis, and the savings that MSP extension would achieve will help fund much-needed education and prevention programs.

"Our community voices strong support for reform in the ESRD program, which includes reforming the current MSP provision," said Jones. "Early identification, prevention and disease management are good for Medicare, taxpayers and patients who depend on quality kidney care."

Kidney Care Partners and its members are dedicated to working together to improve the quality of care for individuals with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). For more information, please go to http://ww.kidneycarepartners.com.


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