I am an independent public health reporter based in Virginia.
Years of covering the dialysis industry taught me a lot. Aside from understanding more obscure Medicare laws than I ever imagined imaginable, I also knew what it was like to require dialysis.
The lack of official, published data on the topic wasn’t just a barrier to my investigation — it was also part of the actual story.
Thomas Alba attended his thrice-weekly dialysis sessions for more than a decade before receiving what physicians term an "involuntary discharge."