NEWS & PRESS RELEASES

Dialysis 5-Star Rating: The Curse of the Bell Curve

Published by Acumen Terry Ketchersid July 28, 2014 Readers of this blog are no doubt familiar with the complexities of providing medical care to patients with End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). This patient population suffers with significant comorbidity and requires substantial medical attention. Within this context, these vulnerable patients consume a relatively large proportion of…

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Dear Colleagues: Co-Sponsor the Chronic Kidney Disease Improvement in Research and Treatment Act of 2014

Published by Rep. Tom Marino & Rep. John Lewis July 18, 2014 Dear Colleagues, We invite you to join us as cosponsors of H.R. 4814, the Chronic Kidney Disease Improvement in Research and Treatment Act of 2014. This legislation would advance research and treatment options related to chronic kidney disease. Today more than one in…

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Renal Support Network Statement Re: H.R. 4814—The Chronic Kidney Disease Improvement in Research and Treatment Act of 2014

I am the founder and president of the Renal Support Network (RSN). I have had kidney disease since 1968; I spent 13 years on dialysis and have received four kidney transplants. I am very grateful for the Medicare program as it has saved my life and the lives of countless people who have kidney disease.…

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Kidney Care Partners Expresses Concern About Proposed Rule for ESRD Payments

Published by Nephrology News July 7, 2014 Kidney Care Partners said they are concerned that a combination of flat payments and increased regulatory pressures proposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services may negatively impact stability and affect quality of care in Medicare’s end-stage renal disease program. KCP is a coalition of kidney patient…

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Medicare ESRD Payments To Be Flat in 2015

Published by MedPage Today Joyce Frieden July 7, 2014 The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services plans to keep payments for end-stage renal disease (ESRD) care virtually flat in 2015. In its proposed rule CMS said it would increase total payments to all ESRD facilities in 2015 by an estimated 0.3% compared with 2014. However,…

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Kidney Care Community Plans Careful Review of CMS’ Proposed Rule with Goal of Ensuring Continued Quality Improvement and Economic Stability

Kidney Care Partners (KCP) expressed concern that a combination of flat payments and increased regulatory pressures proposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) may negatively impact stability and affect quality of care in Medicare’s end-stage renal disease (ESRD) program. KCP is a coalition of patient advocates, clinicians, care professionals, dialysis providers, researchers,…

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Small Pay Increase for Dialysis Clinics in Proposed Rule for 2015

Published by Nephrology News July 3, 2014 A proposed rule released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services July 2 projects that the updates in the End-Stage Renal Disease Program’s payment bundle for 2015 would increase payments to dialysis facilities by 0.3% to 0.5%, while rural facilities will receive a decrease of 0.5%. CMS…

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