The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the proposed rule “Changes to the End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System for CY 2014.” This rule includes the proposed reduction in the prospective payment system (PPS) to account for lower drug utilization as required by the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. CMS is proposing to reduce the base rate in the PPS by 12%. CMS is also proposing a market basket update of 2.9%.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released the 2013 PHS Guideline for Reducing Human Immunodeficiency Virus, Hepatitis B Virus, and Hepatitis C Virus Transmission Through Organ Transplantation. This guideline updates the 1994 U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) Guidelines for Preventing Transmission of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Through Transplantation of Human Tissue and Organs.
An article in Advance for Nurses focuses on home dialysis and the advantages it provides many patients. ANNA Director Sheila Doss-McQuitty, BSN, RN, CNN, CCRA, was interviewed for the article and shares her insights into the growing popularity of home dialysis as a treatment option. Click here to read the article, “Hemodialysis at Home.”
On February 4, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new initiative designed to identify, test, and evaluate new ways to improve care for Medicare beneficiaries with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Through the Comprehensive ESRD Care initiative, CMS will partner with health care providers and suppliers to test the effectiveness of a new payment and service delivery model in providing these beneficiaries with patient-centered, high-quality care.
ANNA has joined the Alliance for Home Dialysis, a group that promotes activities and policies that facilitate treatment choice in dialysis care. This Alliance seeks to identify and address systematic barriers that limit access for patients and their families to the many benefits of home dialysis therapy. The Alliance includes work groups focused on the following four areas: Accessibility, Accountability, Reimbursement, and Innovation.