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Published by Nephrology News & Issues
Feb. 25, 2015
On Feb. 13, the Kidney Care Partners sent recommendations for the ESRD Five Star Technical Expert Panel in a letter to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services administrator Marilyn Tavenner.
“Kidney Care Partners would like to work with your team and the TEP to identify ways to improve ESRD Five Star so that patients, facilities, and consumers find it a meaningful and accurate tool for evaluating dialysis care,” the organization said in the letter.
Kidney Care Partners said they have been working to develop the recommendations since the end of 2014. The organization said it also plans to provide more specific recommendations for methodology by March 6.
In the letter, Kidney Care Partners said they have been told by CMS staff that the agency may not review or seriously consider recommendations provided to them after Feb. 13.
“While we have been in regular communication with the staff working on Five Star since November, we were given only eight days notice of the hard February 13 deadline,” Kidney Care Partners said in the letter. “The community is extremely disappointed that public notice of comment deadlines was not provided and that our request for a few additional weeks was denied. We ask that you directthe staff to take a more open approach than that which has unfolded to date.”
Kidney Care Partners said it used own group of kidney care experts to develop the recommendations.
More details about the recommendations are available in the letter.