Many renal organizations have asked the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to delay implementation of its new 5-star rating system, which is scheduled to go live on Dialysis Facility Compare in October. Below are letters voicing concern about the new program, and its potential impact on dialysis patients.

Dialysis Patient Citizens


National Kidney Foundation

Renal Physicians Association

Kidney Care Partners


Misleading patients: CMS blindly charges ahead with 5-Star
by Terry L. Ketchersid, MD, MBA

What’s wrong with the 5-star rating system for the renal community
by Mahesh Krishnan, MD, MPH, MBA, FASN

Dialysis groups say CMS’ delay of 5-star rating implementation not good enough