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New CMS Payment Model for Kidney Care Could Boost Telehealth Use

September 18, 2020

Federal officials have unveiled a new treatment model for patients living with kidney disease that could boost interest in telehealth and remote patient monitoring programs.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Treatment Choices (ETC) Model aims to shift from the traditional Medicare fee-for-service format to one that incentivizes providers to encourage home-based care, including home dialysis and kidney transplants. Officials say the ETC model would impact roughly 30 percent of kidney care providers and result in an estimates savings of $23 million over the next five to six years

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