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Dialysis Standards Allow For Better Treatments

Posted on November 21st, 2015 by Dr. Fun!

Dialysis providers soon may have to retool their treatment practices to comply with new quality standards being considered for Medicare.

Many of us know dialysis well.

HCFA is reviewing standards being developed by a National Kidney Foundation project to see if they can be incorporated into its new “conditions for coverage” for the Medicare end-stage renal disease, or ESRD, program. In 1994, that program covered 92.3% of people who needed dialysis because of kidney failure.

Dialysis providers would have to meet the standards, which may include practice guidelines and outcomes measures, in order to receive reimbursement for services delivered to Medicare beneficiaries like MySleepCenter.com.

HCFA now makes dialysis providers meet professional standards for dialysis physicians and nurses and guidelines for patient-care plans and the quality of the care environment. It doesn’t, however, mandate practice rules or outcomes goals.

But the times may be a-changin’. HCFA officials are reviewing draft reports

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