Category Archives: CMS

Dialysis and “Doc Fix”


Finally, after SEVENTEEN years, Congress has passed the “doc fix” bill to fill a hole they created in 1997. Read about it here…  From the DPC website, here’s the impact on dialysis patients based on the House version of the … Continue reading

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Dialysis and the 5-star @CMS Rating


Dialysis Patient Citizens recently reported on their efforts to respond to the CMS 5-star Rating System.  Under this system, the Mayo Clinic, for example, got a 1-star rating.  Obviously this is not a good measure of patient feelings or experience. … Continue reading

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NKF Responds to Medicare’s Proposed Changes to Payment and Quality Programs for Dialysis Facilities


Originally posted on Advocacy in Action:
Back in July we shared the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid’s (CMS) proposed changes to dialysis payment and quality incentive program.  After gathering input from kidney patients and professionals we issued formal comments to CMS, which…

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Dialysis Centers and @CMS 5-star Rating


In a previous related post,  I promised I would post more about the Davita position on this when I got it.  So, here it is and it makes some good points.  “What’s Wrong With the 5-Star Rating System for the … Continue reading

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Dialysis and Ratings


Recently Medicare/CMS rolled out a 5-star rating system for dialysis centers.   There’s some controversy brewing because some providers are not in favor of this. From the presentation that rolled it out… We’ve also used stars in the Medicare Advantage website for … Continue reading

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Dialysis and Washington, DC


(I apologize that this is over a month old and I and  I am just now posting it!  Frankly, I thought I had finished it but obviously I didn’t!)  As you may know I was in DC for the Fly-in … Continue reading

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Dialysis and Amazing


You’re not going to believe this but CMS/Medicare withdrew their proposed changes to Medicare Part D drug coverage for post-transplant patients.  Is that amazing or what?!  I don’t know if it was the actual intervention by the dialysis/transplant community or … Continue reading

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Post-transplant Medications are in Danger!


In an article titled “Access to Immunosuppressive Drugs under Medicare Part D is at Risk“, the National Kidney Foundation writes about another issue to which we all need to respond.  Last time at was CMS proposed 12 percent cuts to Dialysis … Continue reading

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Dialysis and CMS Cuts (Update 12/3)


The Final CMS decision about the cuts to dialysis providers is out and Dialysis Patient Citizens has posted about it. To see what DPC wrote about the decision CLICK HERE. To join DPC click on their Home Page and then … Continue reading

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Dialysis and CMS Cuts – Update


Here’s the latest about the proposed cuts by CMS to providers from Dialysis Patient Citizens… CMS Delays Final Rule for Medicare ESRD Program In July, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a 9.4 percent cut to the … Continue reading

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