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CMS Moves to Boost Home Dialysis, Living Donor Kidney Transplants

September 19, 2020

Medicare beneficiaries with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) may soon have easier access to home dialysis and kidney transplants under a final rule issued Friday by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

“Today we’re announcing two major steps forward in our efforts to advance American kidney health,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Friday morning on a conference call with reporters. “It’s not just because center-based dialysis is one of the most draining procedures in modern medicine and we believe hundreds of thousands of American patients could benefit from better options … It’s also because kidney care represents maybe the most egregious example of how American healthcare pays for sickness and procedures rather than health and outcomes.”

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