On April 1, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014. This law prevents a scheduled payment reduction for physicians and other practitioners who treat Medicare patients from taking effect on April 1, 2014.
The iChoose Kidney mobile app and corresponding website - ichoosekidney.emory.edu - serve as a decision support tool for nephrologists, primary care physicians, social workers, nurses, and/or patient educators to use with ESRD patients to help improve informed decision making for kidney failure treatment options. Risk prediction models for mortality on dialysis or kidney transplantation are presented.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration launched a new educational online resource, Worker Safety in Hospitals: Caring for our Caregivers, which has extensive materials to help hospitals prevent worker injuries, assess workplace safety needs, enhance safe patient handling programs, and implement safety and health management systems.
Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) has released KDIGO Clinical Guidelines for Kidney Disease iPad app. The application is supported by an educational grant from Shire International GmbH, and is available to iPad users free-of-charge through the Apple App Store. Future phases of the KDIGO Clinical Guideline app will include availability on the iPhone and Android platforms.
On November 22, 2013, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule that updates Medicare policies and payment rates for 2014 for dialysis facilities paid under the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Prospective Payment System (PPS). CMS decided to implement a 3- to 4-year transition for the drug utilization adjustment to the base rate mandated by Congress as part of the American Taxpayer Relief Act, and overall payments for 2014 will see a 0% change.