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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Texas Department of State Health Services initiated the critical certification process to open 22 new dialysis centers across the state.
Senator John Cornyn, a member of the Senate Finance Committee who, with Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and
Congressman Pete Sessions led a bipartisan Texas delegation letter-writing effort to CMS officials in Washington earlier this year outlining the certification backlog problem. According to the Texas officals, the wait time for a clinic to get certification in the state was up to 18 months.
"Opening these new state-of-the-art facilities will go a long way towards helping Texans with kidney failure live life to the fullest," said Jess Hall, President of the Texas Division of the National Kidney Foundation. "With additional facilities accessible, patients can receive dialysis treatment closer to home and at the time slot that works best for their schedule and lifestyle. Ultimately, this will enable patients to maximize their time and better juggle their treatment, family and work commitments. Patients who have choices tend to feel in control of their own health and lives and do better on their treatment."