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 […]

CMS Requests Suggestions for Updates to Conditions for Coverage for ESRD Facilities

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(RenalWeb)  The Clinical Standards Group (CSG) in the CMS Center for Clinical Standards and Quality (CCSQ) is responsible for developing, updating and overseeing the CMS regulations on the Conditions for Coverage (CfCs) for ESRD facilities.  These particular regulations were last revised in 2008 (116-page pdf); therefore, CSG is asking the ESRD community to review the current […]

Medicare adds star ratings for dialysis center comparison

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Medicare is adding a visual tool to help kidney patients compare the quality of dialysis centers: Star ratings. Medicare’s online Dialysis Facility Compare already included quality information such as whether patient death and hospitalization rates were higher than expected. But it says that information wasn’t always easy for patients to understand. On Thursday, Medicare added […]

HDU Comments on CMS-1614-P Medicare Program; End Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System and Quality Incentive Program

August 28, 2014 To:   Marilyn Tavenner, AdministratorCenters for Medicare & Medicaid ServicesDepartment of Health and Human ServicesWashington, DC 20201 Re: CMS-1614-P Medicare Program; End Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment Systemand Quality Incentive Program Dear Adminstrator Tavenner: On behalf of Home Dialyzors United (HDU), we are pleased to offer comments on the proposed rulescalendar year 2015 […]

Future Dialysis Cuts Reduced and Oral-only Drugs Remain under Part D until 2024

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(National Kidney Foundation) On Monday March 31, 2014, the Senate passed legislation that avoids substantial Medicare cuts to physician payments. This vote comes on the heels of House approval that occurred last week.   The one year patch to Medicare physician payments includes a provision tomitigate the effect of future cuts to dialysis payment for years […]

CMS, University of Michigan call for Technical Expert Panel members for ESRD Functional Status project

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(Nephrology News & Issues) The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has contracted with the University of Michigan Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center (UM-KECC) to develop functional status quality measures for the End-Stage Renal Disease Program. UM-KECC said the purpose of the project is to develop measures that can be used to provide quality care […]

CMS Boosts Pay for Home Dialysis Training

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(MedPage Today)  By David Pittman, WASHINGTON — Medicare payments to dialysis facilities will remain flat next year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced late Friday, almost 4 months after threatening a 9.4% cut. The agency, however, will increase by 50% what it pays providers to train patients to do dialysis at home, much […]

CMS proposes 12% cut to ESRD bundle

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(Nephrology News & Issues) The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released a proposed rule on July 1 to trim 12% off the composite rate in the ESRD bundle to make up for significant drops in the use of anemia drugs, and included some new measures for the ESRD Quality Incentive Program for calendar year […]