Bill that gives dialysis clinics option to seek certification from a third party passes House by Rebecca Zumoff (NN&I article)

POLICY & POLITICS Bill that gives dialysis clinics option to seek certification from a third party passes House REBECCA ZUMOFF — JULY 26, 2017  Getty Images/iStockphoto The Medicare Part B Improvement Act, HR 3178, has passed the House of Representatives. The bill includes a measure to give dialysis clinics the option to seek certification from an approved third […]

Nephrology News & Issues (NN&I) Article on CA dialysis clinic staff ratio bill by Rebecca Zumoff

POLICY & POLITICS California dialysis clinic staff ratio bill to face State Assembly Committee on Health REBECCA ZUMOFF — JUNE 26, 2017  iStockphoto Legislation that would mandate staff to patient ratios in California dialysis clinics is scheduled to be heard by the California State Assembly Committee on Health June 26 at 1:30 p.m. PT. Senate Bill 349, […]

Home Dialysis Central (HDC) Article ACT NOW TO PROTECT HEALTHCARE FOR AMERICANS WITH KIDNEY DISEASE! by Dr. Teri Browne

Act Now To Protect Healthcare For Americans With Kidney Disease! This blog post was made by Dr. Teri Browne on June 27th, 2017. Major health care reform in the U.S. right now could affect YOU. In fact, the Senate may vote as early as this week on its “Better Care Reconciliation Act” (BCRA). The BCRA would replace the Affordable Care Act […]

NN&I Article Private insurance and financial assistance for dialysis patients: A provider’s perspective

POLICY & POLITICS Private insurance and financial assistance for dialysis patients: A provider’s perspective REBECCA ZUMOFF — MAY 10, 2017 iStockphoto The controversy over third party payers continues to heat up, and health care plans and providers are often at odds. Even though a lawsuit halted the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ interim final […]

NN&I article California staff ratio bill includes tough penalties for noncompliant dialysis clinics

POLICY & POLITICS California staff ratio bill includes tough penalties for noncompliant dialysis clinics REBECCA ZUMOFF — MAY 10, 2017 iStockphoto California’s Senate Bill 349, called the Dialysis Patient Safety Act, has brought to the forefront a divide between clinic staff members and the patients they care for, and dialysis providers. Many dialysis nurses and […]

HDU Mourns the Loss of Advisory Board Member Celeste Castillo Lee

Celeste Castillo Lee Celeste Lee’s husband, Daniel, announced  that  she was freed of illness and earthly burden today at 2:50pm.  “The passing was peaceful and beautiful, following everything that she planned.  She will forever be in our hearts. We owe tremendous gratitude to everyone one of you, for your love, thoughts, prayers, and support.  You […]

Nephrology News & Issues (NN&I) Bill introduced in Senate would expand telehealth options for home dialysis patients by Rebecca Zumoff

POLICY & POLITICS Bill introduced in Senate would expand telehealth options for home dialysis patients REBECCA ZUMOFF — DECEMBER 19, 2016 Getty Images/iStockphoto/ThinkStock Senate Finance Committee Chair Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, introduced the Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act of 2016 (S. 3504) on Dec. 6, which includes a section […]

Home Dialysis Central (HDC) Medicare Open Enrollment(10/15-12/7): It’s Not as Scary As You Think BY Beth Witten

Medicare Open Enrollment (10/15-12/7): It’s Not As Scary As You Think. This blog post was made by Beth Witten, MSW, ACSW, LSCSW on October 20th, 2016. During open enrollment, people can join or switch Medicare drug plans or can switch from a Medicare Advantage (MA) plan to Original Medicare. By law, people on dialysis can […]

Representatives introduce bill to give ESRD patients access to Medicare Advantage

Representatives introduce bill to give ESRD patients access to Medicare Advantage NN&I Staff — July 11, 2016 Getty Images/iStockphoto/ThinkStock On July 8, Representatives Jason Smith, R-Missouri, John Lewis, D-Ga., Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., and Kurt Schrader, D-Ore., introduced legislation that would give end-stage renal disease patients the choice to enroll in Medicare Advantage plans.  H.R. 5659, […]

Home and more frequent dialysis at the fore of Medicare dialysis rulemaking

Home and more frequent dialysis at the fore of Medicare dialysis rulemaking Home dialysis training payment proposals a move in the right direction; more frequent hemodialysis payment proposals beg for substantial public comment Joseph E. Turk, Jr. — July 11, 2016 Editor’s Note: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released its 2017 proposed rule […]