Promoting Patient Access and Choice

Like other Medicare beneficiaries, patients living with kidney failure should have access to preventive services and treatment options, as well as be allowed to maintain their existing insurance even after diagnosed with kidney failure. The legislation seeks to promote expanded patient access to kidney disease education programs and home dialysis treatment options through telemedicine, as well as create incentives for nephrologists and other dialysis health care professionals to work in underserved rural or urban areas. It also would establish renal dialysis facilities as a cost-effective alternative to hospital outpatient departments for individuals diagnosed with acute kidney injury. Patients with acute kidney injury should have the ability to access dialysis services from free standing dialysis facilities.