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GAO Releases Report on Medicare Patients’ Use of Home Dialysis

Posted on Nov 17, 2015

On November 16, 2015, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report entitled “End-Stage Renal Disease: Medicare Payment Refinements Could Promote Increased Use of Home Dialysis, GAO-16-125.”

Summary of Findings

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Nephrology Nurses Make a Difference for Patients with Diabetes and Kidney Disease

Posted on Nov 17, 2015

An article by ANNA President Cindy Richards, BSN, RN, CNN, “Diabetes and Kidney Failure: How Nurses Make a Difference,” was included recently in the @MediaplanetUSA #UnitedforDiabetes campaign. Cindy wrote about the role of the nephrology nurse in helping patients understand diabetes and kidney disease. The goal of the campaign is public awareness of what causes the diabetes and how to manage it properly to prevent complications and stay healthy.

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NIH Awards Grant for Implantable Artificial Kidney

Posted on Nov 05, 2015

The National Institutes of Health awarded a grant to investigators at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) and the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) to develop an implantable artificial kidney. According to one of the principal investigators, Dr.

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CMS Releases Final Rule on ESRD PPS and QIP (CMS-1628-F)

Posted on Oct 29, 2015

On October 29, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule to update payment policies and rates under the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Prospective Payment System (PPS) for renal dialysis services furnished to beneficiaries on or after January 1, 2016.

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CMS Launches New ACO Dialysis Model

Posted on Oct 07, 2015

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the participants for the Comprehensive ESRD Care (CEC) Model, a new accountable care organization (ACO) model. In the CEC Model, dialysis facilities, nephrologists, and other providers have joined together to form ESRD Seamless Care Organizations (ESCOs) to coordinate care for ESRD beneficiaries.

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