It’s ironic that the renal community sees the Medicare dollar as inadequate to cover the cost of dialysis care, and has been caught in some cases (or at least settled…) on charges of gaming the system to make up for it, while others seem to find a good (legal) use for it
The results after two years of the CMS Innovation Center’s Pioneer Accountable Care Organization and Shared Savings Program are in, and they are encouraging. Can they be duplicated in a similar program for kidney patients?
Moving more patients into home therapies should be just part of a sequence of options when treating kidney disease long term, says the new head of home modalities at DaVita Kidney Care
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
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.
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.
Richard Berkowitz, the founder of Home Dialyzors United who died last week at age 67, was an underdog in the world of patient advocacy groups in kidney care, but an overachiever in spreading the word about how home dialysis offered a better quality of life
January begins the third year of the ESRD Program serving as an incubator for Medicare’s efforts to tie payment policy with clinical performance. But it remains unclear if the Quality Incentive Program is improving outcomes. Shouldn't that be the objective?
CMS stuck to its guns in the final rule issued last Friday governing dialysis payments, imposing a 12% cut in the bundled payment over the next 3–4 years. But there will be some room for negotiating.