On December 7, 2016, the Senate passed the 21st Century Cures Act by a vote of 94-5, sending the measure to the White House where President Barack Obama is expected to sign the bill into law. The legislation includes a provision to allow dialysis patients to enroll in Medicare Advantage plans.
On October 28, 2016, 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, 2017. This rule also finalizes new quality measures for dialysis facilities treating patients with ESRD.
The final rule was published in the November 4, 2016, Federal Register.
Dialysis patients affected by Hurricane Matthew are eligible for financial assistance. As residents of the Southeast continue assessing and recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Matthew, the American Kidney Fund (AKF) has activated its Disaster Relief Program to provide emergency funds to help dialysis patients in Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas.
ANNA is teaming up with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other kidney and dialysis organizations to reduce the number of bloodstream infections in dialysis patient
On September 20, 2016, the House of Representatives voted 423-0 to pass the ESRD Choice Act (H.R. 5659). Under current law, ESRD patients are prohibited from enrolling in Medicare Advantage (MA) plans, which offer more flexible and integrated managed care coverage than traditional Medicare. The Expanding Seniors Receiving Dialysis Choice Act, or ESRD Choice Act, would remove the prohibition on current ESRD patients from enrolling in MA insurance plans.