Kidney Patients' Health Is Jeopardized by Proposed Medicare Changes: New Report on the Medicare End Stage Renal Disease Program Recommends Policy Changes and Urges Focus on Innovation, Prevention, and Awareness

 

12/10/07

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Kidney Patients’ Health Is Jeopardized by Proposed Medicare Changes 

New Report on the Medicare End Stage Renal Disease Program Recommends Policy Changes and Urges Focus on Innovation, Prevention, and Awareness 

December 10, 2007 (Washington, DC)—The Association of Minority Nephrologists and the National Minority Quality Forum today released a consensus report addressing proposed changes to the Medicare End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Program that are currently being considered by the U.S. Congress.

The House has passed the proposed changes, and the Senate will consider them soon. The purpose of the changes is to contain ESRD Program costs in the short term by reimbursing providers of ESRD care with a single payment for the complete range of treatments provided to ESRD patients.  Read More