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Medicare: MedPAC Responds to ESRD Payments Rule, Urges Delay of New Dialysis Facility

Published by Bloomberg BNA Michael D. Williamson August 20, 2014 In comments to the CMS, a Congressional advisory commission addressed rebasing and revising bundling provisions found in the end-stage renal disease payments proposed rule for 2015, and it also urged the delay of a dialysis facility rating program not contained in the rule. The Medicare…

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MedPAC Advises CMS To Delay Dialysis Star Rating System

Published by Inside Health Policy John Wilkerson August 19, 2014 Echoing provider and patient complaints, congressional Medicare advisers say CMS should delay the looming dialysis star rating system until it can get public feedback and justify a second-quality measure system. However, a dialysis provider representative said CMS officials recently told providers and patients that they…

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KCP Calls on Medicare Officials To Delay And Revise Dialysis Five-Star Program

If Implemented, Program Risks Confusing, Misleading Patients and Public WASHINGTON, DC – Kidney Care Partners (KCP), concerned that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) planned End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Five-Star Program will confuse and mislead patients, called on the Agency to delay implementation and work with the community to provide useful, meaningful, and…

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Kidney Care Partners Asks CMS to Delay, Revise 5-Star Rating System for Dialysis Facilities

Published by Nephrology News & Issues August 13, 2014 Kidney Care Partners, a coalition of patient advocates, clinicians, care professionals, dialysis providers, researchers and manufacturers, is calling on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to delay implementation of the five-star rating system and work with the community to provide useful, meaningful, and accurate ratings…

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Kidney Patients Join Industry In Opposing CMS’ Dialysis Star Rating System

Published by Inside Health Policy John Wilkerson August 8, 2014 Kidney patients have joined the fight against the Medicare star-rating program for dialysis facilities, and they’re making the same arguments as industry. Patient advocates say that the bell curve nature of the program will confuse patients, especially those in poor areas; the program is inconsistent…

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Dialysis Patient Citizens Critical of Dialysis Facility Compare’s Five-Star Rating System

Nephrology News & Issues August 7, 2014 In a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Center for Clinical Standards and Quality, Dialysis Patient Citizens expressed concern about the implementation of Dialysis Facility Compare’s new five-star rating system. “We applaud CMS’ well-intentioned efforts to try to simplify Dialysis Facility Compare (DFC) for consumers,…

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Bipartisan Legislation Built With Quality Patient Care in Mind

Published by Roll Call LaVarne Burton, Lori Hartwell, Hrant Jamgochian and Bruce Skyer August 6, 2014 Although Americans might struggle to find consensus on many policy issues related to health care, when faced with a serious health issue we unite behind the common goal of helping those living with it. Policymakers, health officials and the…

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DaVita Lobbies Against Dialysis Star-Rating Program’s Bell Curve, Measures

Published by Inside Health Policy John Wilkerson August 4, 2014 Chain dialysis company DaVita was taken by surprise when CMS recently introduced a star-rating program for dialysis facilities, and the company is urging the agency to make major changes to the program, which takes effect in October. DaVita executives said they support programs that rate…

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Dialysis 5-Star Rating: The Curse of the Bell Curve

Published by Acumen Terry Ketchersid July 28, 2014 Readers of this blog are no doubt familiar with the complexities of providing medical care to patients with End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). This patient population suffers with significant comorbidity and requires substantial medical attention. Within this context, these vulnerable patients consume a relatively large proportion of…

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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 Lewis July 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…

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