KIDNEY STORIES: TAKE ACTION AGAINST CUTS TO FUNDING FOR DIALYSIS CENTERS & PATIENTS

9.4% Cuts to dialysis providers are really a kick to the stomach for us! Act now and tell the CMS not to cut payments to Dialysis centers. Scroll down in the above posting to find the link to take action!

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Medicare Proposes Deep Cuts for Dialysis

 

 

 

 Posted on July 3, 2013 by nkf _advocacy

 

 

 

 

 

 On Monday July 1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the annual proposed rule to update Medicare payment to dialysis providers beginning January 1, 2014 and to modify the Quality Incentive Program (QIP), which reduces reimbursement to providers if they don’t meet specified quality measures. What is most notable about this year’s proposed payment rule (also known as the End-stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System – ESRD PPS) is that in response to legislation passed by Congress, CMS proposed to cut payment to dialysis providers by 9.4 percent.

 

 

 

 The American Taxpayer Relief Act (ATRA) of 2012 required CMS to reduce the payment rate based on the decline in the use of injectable drugs (and their oral equivalents), most…

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About DevonTexas

I am a person with ESRD (End Stage Renal Disease) which means my kidneys don't work. Forty or so years ago that would have been a death sentence but today there is Dialysis which means I can be hooked up to a machine that will clean my blood as the kidneys should. Three days a week, I go to a center and have too very large needles stuck in my arm to remove and replace my blood as it passes through a process where it's cleaned and the fluid is removed, a process taking a little over four hours each time. I want to advance knowledge about dialysis so that other patients can learn from my experience and mistakes. We shouldn't have to reinvent the wheel, eh? There is so much to be learned and experienced about our predicament. There are vast resources available to support us and enrich our lives but many patients don't know about them. There are also many issues that we have to deal with whether we want to or not. So I blog about them. All comments are confidential until I approve them. If you don't want your comment public, let me know and I will respect that. So, feel free to leave a comment. Enjoy.
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