Defining Quality Care: Is There A Disconnect Between Patients and Medicare?

Here’s some background on the role CMS/Medicare plays in dialysis patients’ treatment…

Advocacy in Action

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) has implemented many initiatives to ensure that dialysis facilities provide high quality care to Medicare beneficiaries.  These include a pay for performance program and a website where users can compare dialysis facilities to one another, among other activities geared to monitor, track and encourage improvement in the quality of care dialysis facilities provide.  Now, CMS has stated it will launch a new program later this year that rates dialysis facilities using a five star rating system.  NKF wanted to better understand how patients judge quality as well as determine their knowledge of Medicare’s public reporting on quality programs.  Therefore, we surveyed dialysis patients and their families through an online survey and received nearly 1,000 responses. [1]

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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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