The Hill

Congress must restore vital protections for kidney care patients

Roughly 37 million Americans live with chronic kidney disease (CKD), and of those 37 million, more than 800,000 have seen their condition progress to end-stage renal disease (ESRD), also known as kidney failure. For these individuals, access to life-sustaining kidney care, including critical dialysis treatments, means the difference between life and death. Unfortunately, a recent Supreme…

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American Journal of Managed Care

Medicare Payment Rule Threatens Access to Life-Sustaining Kidney Care

Nationwide, the kidney care community faces myriad problems that are stretching resources thin and undermining patient access to care. As in many other health care sectors, the past several years have seen a growing workforce shortage among dialysis providers and nephrology registered nurses (RNs). High rates of burnout, an aging workforce, and the economic impact…

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Healio Nephrology News & Issues

Misaligned payment polices hurt efforts to develop innovative kidney care solutions

In the pursuit of progress in patient-centered kidney care, it is essential to recognize the vital role that access to innovation plays in providing hope to people battling kidney disease. Click here to see the full article.

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Healio Nephrology News & Issues

In final rule, CMS increases Medicare payments for dialysis facilities to 2.1% for 2024

CMS has released a final rule for the prospective payment system that increases the Medicare bundled payment rate for dialysis treatments by 2.1% in 2024, up from a 1.6% increase proposed in June. The new base rate will be $271.02 starting Jan. 1. Click here to see the full article.

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Bloomberg Law

Medicare Dialysis Center Payments to Reach $6.7 Billion in 2024

Medicare payments to hospital-based dialysis centers will increase 3.1% in 2024, while freestanding centers will see a 2% payment bump under a final rule from Biden administration. Click here to see the full article.

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Inside Health Policy

Kidney Stakeholders Say CMS Sets Up Pay Cliff, Want Congress To Step In

Kidney Care Partners called CMS’ final 2024 end-stage renal disease pay rule a “slap in the face” Friday (Oct. 27) as the coalition says the rule’s 2.1% pay update is grossly insufficient and the agency has set up a pay cliff with its post-Transitional Drug Add-on Payment Adjustment pay policy finalized in Friday’s rule. Click…

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Doc Wire News

Support the Chronic Kidney Disease Improvement in Research and Treatment Act (HR 5027)

For a few years I’ve written about the importance of the federal government investing in a dialysis moonshot. Nothing big has happened, at least so far. Recent surveys and, separately, by coincidence, a bill introduced by two members of the United States House Committee on Ways and Means, underscore that chronic kidney disease (CKD) awareness,…

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Chief Healthcare Executive

Medicare policy proposal jeopardizes care for those on dialysis

In recent years, lawmakers have turned their attention to advancing racial equity and creating opportunities for the improvement of historically underserved communities – and rightly so. The urgent need for such improvements is dramatically apparent for people who have end-stage renal disease (ESRD), or kidney failure. While people of all races and ethnicities develop chronic…

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MedCity News

Individuals Living with Kidney Disease Deserve More From Our Healthcare System

A serious threat to our health care system – kidney disease – lurks among millions of Americans. When this disease progresses to kidney failure, intensive treatment is required multiple times a week and costs tens of thousands of dollars per year per individual. But, most troubling is nine out of 10 adults with this condition…

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Fierce Healthcare

CMS payment policies threaten to undermine access to kidney care

When it comes to kidney disease, the numbers speak for themselves: 130,000 Americans are diagnosed with chronic kidney disease each year, and one in three adults is at risk of developing the disease. Without intervention, this disease can progress to kidney failure, or end-stage renal disease (ESRD), a permanent stage of kidney disease where the…

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