Professional News

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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Safety Alerts from CDC and FDA Regarding NTM Infections Associated with Heater-Cooler Devices

Posted on Oct 28, 2015

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have issued safety alerts regarding the potential risk of non-tuberculosis mycobacteria (NTM) infections associated with the use of heater-cooler devices in patient care.

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Drug Safety Communication from FDA: Requires Drug Interaction Studies for Kayexalate (sodium polystyrene sulfonate)

Posted on Oct 26, 2015

On October 22, 2015, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety alert that it is requiring the Kayexalate manufacturer to conduct studies to investigate Kayexalate’s potential to bind to other medications administered by mouth – drug interactions that could affect how well the other medications work.

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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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CDC Issues Health Advisory Regarding Cleaning, Disinfecting, and Sterilizing Reusable Medical Devices

Posted on Sep 15, 2015

On September 11, 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Health Advisory alerting health care providers and facilities about the need to properly maintain, clean, and disinfect or sterilize reusable medical devices. Recent infection control lapses due to noncompliance with recommended reprocessing procedures highlight a critical gap in patient safety.

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