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 […]

HDU Comments on Senate Finance Committee Chronic Care Working Group

To review the Senate Document in full go to this  link:  Senate Finance Committee Policy Options   January 25, 2016   Honorable Orrin Hatch, Chairman Honorable Ron Wyden, Ranking Member United States Senate Committee on Finance Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, DC   Re: Chronic Care Working Group Policy Options Dear Senators Hatch, Wyden and […]

HDU Comments to CMS on Conditions for Coverage

March 31, 2015 John Thomas Director, Clinical Standards Group (CSG) Center for Clinical Standards and Quality Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services 7500 Security Boulevard Baltimore, MD 21244   Dear Mr. Thomas: Home Dialyzors United (HDU) appreciates the opportunity to provide comments on the Conditions for Coverage (CfC) for […]

Home Dialyzors United Opens Discussions with EPOCH-RRT PI Francesca Tentori With a Call on Home Hemodialysis Day

(HDU Press Release)  Memphis, TN—Home Dialyzors United (HDU) reached out to Dr. Francesca Tentori, the Primary Investigator of the “Empowering Patients on Choices for Renal Replacement Therapy” (EPOCH-RRT) study, in a call on March 19th, National Home Hemodialysis Day. We expressed our concerns about the omission of home hemodialysis in their upcoming study and decision […]