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'Diagnosing dialysis': An investigative report

Why is the government withholding data on clinics that perform dialysis treatments? NBC News teamed with the investigative group ProPublica. Senior Investigative Correspondent Lisa Myers reports.

Why is the government withholding data on clinics that perform dialysis treatments? NBC News teamed with the investigative group ProPublica. Below are links related to the report.

Diagnosing Dialysis: More from ProPublica's ongoing investigative series
http://www.propublica.org/topic/diagnosing-dialysis

The Dialysis Facility Tracker (http://projects.propublica.org/dialysis/)
A site is for dialysis patients and others who want to learn about the quality of care at individual dialysis clinics. Among other things, you can learn how often patients treated at a facility have been hospitalized, report certain types of infections or are placed on the transplant list.

ProPublica: Data shines light on dialysis disparities
http://www.propublica.org/article/dialysis-data-once-confidential-shines-light-on-clinic-disparities

ProPublica: Inspection backlogs weaken dialysis oversight
http://www.propublica.org/article/led-by-california-inspection-backlogs-weaken-dialysis-oversight

Knowledge is Power: A how-to checklist for choosing the right dialysis facility
http://www.pjwa.com/resources/knowledge_is_power.pdf

National Kidney Foundation
http://www.kidney.org

 

Dr. Barbara Murphy of Mount Sinai Medical Center explains why dialysis is necessary for certain patients and the risks involved with the treatment.

Maria Gordels, a dialysis patient, explains the time and effort required of her by the dialysis treatments.