Editor's note: It should be noted by all that Fresenius Medical Care chose not participate in this analysis.
I remember that in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy I could not find information on either the KCER or ESRD Network web sites as to which LDO clinics in Lower Manhattan were closed, even though at least one was. Controlling patients with private insurance, as well as controlling corporate images, seem to be the primary goals during natural disasters. Information is hoarded, corporate public relations departments tout the excellent job the for-profit corporations are doing, and all mistakes are hidden so we only find out about the problems years later in articles like these.
How many more years is this cycle of dialysis disaster news stories going to continue?
"Between 1999 and 2013, yearly rates of death and hospitalization steadily declined among Americans in the traditional fee-for-service Medicare program. Meanwhile, spending on inpatient care showed the same pattern.