"When the UF Rate, Goal or Time is adjusted using the up and down arrow keys, and the change is cancelled by using the esc key, the cancelled UF Rate is actually being executed rather than rate displayed on the machine"
"Given the growing ability of PAOs to influence health care policy and practice, their financial practices and safeguards demand the same degree of scrutiny applied to other key actors in the health care landscape."
"In our view this new work demonstrates an urgent need for patient advocacy organizations to explicitly focus much more on representing the interests of patients and citizens, rather than serving—inadvertently or otherwise—the interests of their industry sponsors."
Editor's note: There are a few PAOs in the US dialysis field that primarily function to increase the revenues of the large for-profit dialysis providers. Most other PAOs take money from industry to attempt to provide some of the components of well-patient dialysis care that the for-profit companies do not provide. This allows these companies to avoid most of the costs and responsibilities for a well-patient model of dialysis care. This keeps US dialysis care minimal, stagnant, and failing most patients.