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Healio Nephrology News & Issues

As financial incentives prove ineffective, kidney community takes steps to improve quality

Quality improvement is a broad term as it applies to health care, and as a major payer for the End-Stage Kidney Disease Program, CMS has tinkered with efforts to influence clinical performance and reduces costs. Most recently, criticism has been leveled at the agency concerning the management of the ESRD Quality Incentive Program (QIP), a…

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Healio Nephrology News & Issues

Kidney Care Quality Alliance to continue developing dialysis facility performance metrics

Initially launched in 2005, Kidney Care Partners is set to re-launch its Kidney Care Quality Alliance through which the organization will continue developing quality measures to improve care for patients receiving dialysis. Click here to read the full article on the Healio Nephrology News & Issues website.

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The Hill

A bipartisan solution to address chronic kidney disease in America

Our country has faced significant public health challenges over the past year and a half. While in the U.S. the COVID-19 pandemic is beginning to come under control, another under-recognized epidemic has continued unabated. According to the latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 37 million Americans — or about 15 percent of the…

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Senator Ben Cardin

Cardin, Blunt Continue Fight for Chronic Kidney Disease Patients’ Access to Treatments

U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) have introduced an updated version of the Chronic Kidney Disease Improvement in Research and Treatment Act (S. 1971), which builds on previous success in increasing access to services for chronic kidney disease patients. Legislation introduced Wednesday enhances care through new technologies, provides access to Medigap programs for all end-stage renal…

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Modern Healthcare

Dialysis centers to get COVID-19 vaccines for patients

Dialysis centers will get thousands of COVID-19 vaccine doses to vaccinate their patients and employees, the Biden administration announced Thursday. The doses will be provided directly to dialysis centers for patients who receive treatment at least three times a week. People on dialysis who contract COVID-19 are at greater risk for serious illness and death….

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STAT News

Dialysis clinics should be able to vaccinate their patients on site

One year after Covid-19 was declared a national emergency in the United States, and with more than 525,000 Americans having lost their lives to it so far, the country is finally beginning to make progress toward getting a handle on this terrible pandemic, thanks to the distribution of several highly effective vaccines. The vaccine distribution system seems to…

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MedPage Today

Op-Ed: Kidney Disease Is Deadlier Than Ever

As one of the most devastating healthcare crises in modern history, the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated our nation’s ongoing battle with another deadly disease: kidney disease. In this past year, we’ve seen clear evidence that the millions of individuals with kidney disease are at much higher risk for contracting the novel coronavirus, being hospitalized, and…

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MedPage Today

Dialysis Centers: Give Us a Chance at COVID Vaccination

With a vulnerable population, centralized care, and a strong system in place for other shots, dialysis providers argue that they should be part of the early rollout with higher prioritization for their patients. Click here to read the full article on the MedPage Today website.

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MedPage Today

We Must Prioritize Vaccinations for CKD Patients — Their elevated risk makes it life or death

As vaccines roll out, the threat of COVID-19 continues to loom large over those with kidney disease, especially for the millions of Americans living with chronic kidney disease (CKD), end-stage renal disease (ESRD), and kidney transplants. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced all of us in the medical community to confront a disease where we have…

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American Journal of Managed Care

The Kidney Community Advances Innovative Solutions and Improves Patient Care—Even During a National Pandemic Crisis

Authors from the American Society of Nephrology and Kidney Care Partners discuss the response of the kidney care community to the COVID-19 pandemic. As health professionals and medical researchers raced to understand the wide-reaching effects of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), kidney professionals have taken on more, transformed treatment, and made critical improvements to a system…

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