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Group Files Complaint With CMS Over Dialysis Facility Star Ratings

Published by Bloomberg BNA December 19, 2014 Development: Group files challenge with CMS about facility quality measures, saying ratings are distorted by social and demographic factors. A group representing patients has filed what it called a challenge to the CMS’s dialysis facility quality measures. Dialysis Patient Citizens announced Dec. 16 its challenge filed with the Centers…

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Providers Upset House Used Previous SGR Offsets For Non-Medicare Bill

Published by Inside Health Policy John Wilkerson December 5, 2014 Health care providers are angry the House cut pay for Medicare services by nearly $1.2 billion to offset legislation that is unrelated to Medicare and are urging the Senate to reject the offsets, two of which had previously been used to defray the cost of…

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New 5-Star Dialysis Facility Rating System To Debut

Published by Renal & Urology News Tammy Worth November 25, 2014 In January, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will be rolling out its second major 5-star rating system, Dialysis Facility Compare. The site will tabulate publicly reported quality measures including transfusion rates, mortality and hospitalizations, blood calcium levels and Kt/V values to create…

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CMS Announces Final Methodology For Star Ratings of Dialysis Facilities

Published by Bloomberg BNA Brian Broderick and Michael D. Williamson November 14, 2014 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced Nov. 7 its final methodology for the Dialysis Facility Compare (DFC) Star Rating program. The agency also released previews of ratings to individual Medicare-participating dialysis facilities. The facilities will have 15 days to review…

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Industry, Patients United In Opposing CMS’ Dialysis Star-Rating Program

Published by Inside Health Policy John Wilkerson November 11, 2014 Dialysis facilities and patients criticized CMS on Monday (Nov. 10) for sticking to a dialysis star-rating program that they say confuses patients, makes good facilities appear to be poor performers and disadvantages facilities in poor neighborhoods. Industry and patient groups started criticizing the star-rating plan…

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CMS Decision to Proceed with Flawed Dialysis Facility Ranking System ‘Deeply Troubling,’ Says Nation’s Leading Kidney Care Coalition

Stakeholder Groups Disturbed by Agency’s Rejection of Efforts to Collaborate Prior to Implementation WASHINGTON, DC  – Kidney Care Partners (KCP) expressed deep concern over the surprise announcement last week by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to hold firm on use of a methodology that distorts the actual quality performance of dialysis facilities…

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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 LewisJuly 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 ten…

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KCP CALLS ON MEDICARE OFFICIALS TO DELAY AND REVISE DIALYSIS FIVE-STAR PROGRAM

, August 13, 2014

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STATEMENT BY DR. EDWARD JONES, CHAIRMAN, KIDNEY CARE PARTNERS REGARDING THE CMS FIVE-STAR PROGRAM

, September 10, 2014

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JOIN KCP – IN COOPERATION WITH THE CONGRESSIONAL KIDNEY CAUCUS – FOR A LUNCH BRIEFING ON HR 4814

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