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Dialysis patients get substandard care despite guidelines

Dialysis patients get substandard care despite guidelines

By Sabriya Rice  |  June 24, 2015

Many kidney-failure patients continue to receive critical dialysis treatments through catheters, a vein access method that is widely known to increase the risk of serious infections, blood clots and even death.

Blog: What a difference the dialysis data makes

By Sabriya Rice  |  May 28, 2015

Before a controversial five-star rating system for dialysis facilities was released this year, kidney-care groups seemed unified in their opposition to the system. DaVita was against it until the ratings put the company's facilities in a positive light.

Fresenius operates half of Medicare's lowest-rated dialysis facilities

Fresenius operates half of Medicare's lowest-rated dialysis facilities

By Sabriya Rice  |  January 26, 2015

Medicare's new five-star quality-rating system for dialysis facilities suggests significant disparities between the care provided by the nation's largest kidney-care companies. Far fewer Fresenius Medical Care facilities earned five- and four-star ratings than those of competitor DaVita Kidney Care.

Dialysis providers expect ACOs, payment cuts, consolidation

Dialysis providers expect ACOs, payment cuts, consolidation

By Beth Kutscher  |  October 11, 2014

The $25 billion dialysis industry faces transformation as it moves from offering a profitable niche service to what insurers see as a cost center under the population health-management approach.

Fresenius Medical Care takes $600M stake in Sound Physicians

By Reuters  |  June 27, 2014

Germany's Fresenius Medical Care agreed to buy a majority stake in Tacoma, Wash.-based Sound Inpatient Physicians for about $600 million, part of a drive to offer additional services linked to its core business of kidney dialysis.

FDA clears more saline imports to address shortage

By Associated Press  |  April 30, 2014

Federal health regulators are allowing a U.S. medical supply company to import saline solution from its Spanish plant to address a national shortage of the hospital staple.

Dialysis providers welcome reprieve on CMS payment cuts

Dialysis providers welcome reprieve on CMS payment cuts

By Beth Kutscher  |  November 25, 2013

Dialysis providers welcomed a 2014 reprieve in Medicare payment cuts for the treatment of end-stage renal disease and signaled they'll keep up their efforts to change the underlying policy.

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