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NRAA offers a detailed look at the renal ACO demonstration

An interview with NRAA's and Diane Wish and Doug Johnson
April 28, 2014

One of the biggest challenges in any health care system is offering a payment model that puts both large and small providers on a level playing field


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Congress and the Medicare bill

For CMS, one step forward, two steps back

April 1, 2014
Just when the agency pronounced its steadfast allegiance to deadlines it set for various agency initiatives, along comes Congress to show them how it's done.
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ADC continues to offer diversity, champions home dialysis

February 12, 2014

Few nephrology conferences pack in the number of poster and slide forums and lectures on programming for the renal care team as the Annual Dialysis Conference, which took place this past week in Atlanta.


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The Endpoint

The Endpoint

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Lowering catheter rates among hemodialysis patients

October 15, 2013
The dialysis community must think beyond Fistula First to lower catheter rates


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DaVita won't participate in renal ACO without changes to program

February 18, 2013
DaVita executives said that the dialysis provider would not participate in CMS' new renal ACO demo unless the agency makes changes to some of its rules.
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Preparing for disasters of all sizes

February 11, 2013
Small storms can turn into big disasters
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Viewpoints

Guest authors voice opinions on issues important to renal care Read More

What’s wrong with the 5-star rating system for the renal community

July 16, 2014

Providers, patient groups, and others have expressed serious concerns regarding the creation of a new facility quality measurement system, which differs from the legislatively mandated QIP as well as the utility of the star methodology itself for consumer use.


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U.S. dialysis measures – have we set up the ladder against the wrong wall?

June 3, 2014

Two leading causes of death on dialysis in the U.S. are sudden cardiac death and infection, and there is no clinical practice guideline for either one


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A permanent doc fix … really?

February 20, 2014

Recently lawmakers announced a bipartisan deal, which would repeal and replace one of the challenges Medicare providers have faced for over a decade: the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR).


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