The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced that it has lowered the minimum beneficiary threshold required for eligibility in the Comprehensive ESRD Care initiative for all applicants from 500 to 350 matched beneficiaries.

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In the request for applications that was published on Feb. 4, CMS required that applicants to the Comprehensive ESRD Care initiative have a minimum of 500 matched beneficiaries to be eligible for participation in the initiative. CMS said the number was selected to ensure a statistically accurate shared savings calculation. CMS said it made the change after reviewing feedback and suggestions from organizations interested in new models of ESRD care.

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Due to this change, the minimum savings rate in the payment track for non-Large Dialysis Organizations (LDO) will change from 4% to 4.75% for those non-LDO participants that have between 350 to 499 matched beneficiaries in performance years 1 and 2 in order to maintain the same level of accuracy in calculating shared savings or losses. In addition, the application for the Comprehensive ESRD Care initiative is now available at

CMS said will hold a webinar on May 8, 2013 at 3:00pm ET to review the application process. The webinar will be available at Phone number: (650) 479-3207   Conference ID: 662 953 299