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.”
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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.
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.
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.
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.