American Journal of Managed Care
CMS Finalizes Kidney Care Model to Promote Home Dialysis, Live Donor Transplants
September 19, 2020
CMS today finalized a new payment model it said would give patients greater access to home dialysis and kidney transplants from live donors, which officials said would improve outcomes and quality of life while saving Medicare $23 million over 5 years.
Trump administration officials said the model, which takes effect January 1, 2021, would be the biggest shift in decades in how Medicare manages kidney care. The stakes are huge: about 1% of all beneficiaries have kidney disease, but it accounts for 7% of all spending, including 20% of the dollars for those still in traditional Medicare, or $114 billion per year.