A proposed rule released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services July 2 projects that the updates in the End-Stage Renal Disease Program’s payment bundle for 2015 would increase payments to dialysis facilities by 0.3% to 0.5%, while rural facilities will receive a decrease of 0.5%. CMS projects that ESRD facilities in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands will receive a 3.6% decrease in estimated payments, based on the proposed rule.

CMS also released details on proposed changes to the ESRD Quality Incentive Program for payment year 2017 and 2018. A new reporting measure for hospital re-admissions would be added next year, but the agency is proposing major expansion and reorganization of the QIP for payment year 2018.

Comments from the renal community
The following are comments submitted by advocacy groups, medical societies, and other renal organizations on the proposed payment system and the ESRD Quality Incentive Program. Click on an organization to download a copy of their comments. If you would like your organization’s comments to be listed here, email Rebecca Zumoff at rzumoff@nephrologynews.com

American Nephrology Nurses’ Association

American Society of Nephrology

Dialysis Patient Citizens

Forum of ESRD Networks

Home Dialyzors United

Kidney Care Council

Kidney Care Partners

National Kidney Foundation

National Renal Administrators Association