NEWS & PRESS RELEASES

Medicare Cuts Affect Funding for Dialysis Patients

Published by AL.com Miles K. Williams March 6, 2014 Medicare cuts, issued recently and put into effect this year by the administration, will drastically cut funding for kidney dialysis necessary for the survival of hundreds of thousands of kidney failure patients across the country and here in Birmingham – reducing payments for this life-saving therapy…

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Kidney Care Partners Releases Comprehensive ‘Strategic Blueprint’ for Improving Quality

‘First-of-Its-Kind’ Report Could ‘Change the Quality Paradigm’ for U.S. Renal Care Washington, DC – Kidney Care Partners (KCP), a broad-based coalition of patient advocates, dialysis professionals, care providers, researchers and manufacturers, today released a comprehensive, first-of-its-kind report designed to accelerate improvement in the quality of kidney care in the United States. The blueprint initiative, launched…

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KCP Releases ‘Blueprint’ for Improving Kidney Care Quality

Published by Nephrology News & Issues Mark E. Neumann March 4, 2014 A new initiative developed by Kidney Care Partners calls for renewed focus on improving outcomes in the kidney disease population, based on goals that include cutting down on hospitalizations, improving health-related quality of life and patient experience with care, and increasing patient survival.…

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Coalition Offers Broad Framework to Improve Kidney Care

Published by Modern Healthcare Jessica Zigmond March 3, 2014 A coalition of patient advocates, dialysis-care providers and manufacturers today will unveil a comprehensive new framework for kidney care across the country that identifies four goals: improve survival, reduce hospitalizations, improve health-related quality of life, and improve patient experience with care. Kidney Care Partners—established in 2003…

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Medicare Cuts Hurt

Published by Yakima Herald Republic Michelle Yarbrough February 21, 2014 To the editor — The administration’s Medicare cuts, which took effect this year, will drastically cut funding for kidney dialysis necessary for the survival of hundreds of thousands of kidney failure patients across the country and here in Yakima, reducing payments for this life-saving therapy…

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Medicare’s Cuts Will Hurt Dialysis Patients

Published by Orlando Sentinel Stanley Aguirre February 15, 2014 As the administrator at DaVita’s Orlando East Dialysis Center, I, along with my patients and caregiving team, had the opportunity to share concerns about deep cuts to Medicare’s dialysis benefit with U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson’s district director, Susannah Randolph, during a recent visit to our facility.…

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NRAA Responds to ESRD PPS Final Rule

TROY, NY—The National Renal Administrators Association (NRAA) responded to the release of the “Medicare Program; End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System, Quality Incentive Program, and Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies” final rule. “NRAA is concerned about the release of this final rule and its plan to cut our reimbursements so significantly. The twelve…

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Kidney Community Says Medicare Rule Goes Too Far, Cuts Too Deep

Published by Renal Business Today December 3, 2013 The nation’s kidney care leaders expressed disappointment that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) decision to cut Medicare payments for dialysis by 12 percent—or nearly $30 per treatment—over three to four years will have a negative impact on vulnerable dialysis patients by threatening access to,…

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DaVita Comments on Final CMS ESRD Rates, Provides Initial 2014 Income Guidance

DENVER— DaVita HealthCare Partners commented on the final Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Medicare ESRD rule for 2014 and announced initial 2014 operating income guidance. Final CMS Rule “On the dialysis rule, the bad news is that CMS appears to have accepted the premise that the language in the American Taxpayer Relief Act…

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American Kidney Fund Concerned that Medicare Rule Goes Too Far

ROCKVILLE, MD — The American Kidney Fund, the nation’s leading source of charitable financial assistance to dialysis patients, today expressed deep concern over a decision by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to cut Medicare payments for dialysis by 12 percent– or nearly $30 per treatment– over the next three to four years.…

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