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Dialysis providers expect ACOs, payment cuts, consolidation
By By Beth Kutscher | October 11, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
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.
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More Medicare star ratings coming soon—unless providers can put the brakes on
By Sabriya Rice | August 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Hospital groups and dialysis and home care providers are warning that a five-star rating system the CMS plans to apply to them as early as this fall is more likely to confuse consumers than help them meaningfully compare providers' quality and safety.
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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.
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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.
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Dialysis providers welcome reprieve on CMS payment cuts
By Beth Kutscher | November 25, 2013 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
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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CMS to phase in controversial payment cut to dialysis providers
By Beth Kutscher | November 22, 2013 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
In what is likely to be a relief to dialysis providers, the CMS decided to phase in the controversial payment cut to dialysis providers over a three- to four-year period.
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Fresenius warned over Puerto Rico plant
By Reuters | August 27, 2013
U.S. regulators have issued a third warning this year for German healthcare group Fresenius to improve procedures at its sites, this time a blood bag manufacturing plant in Puerto Rico.
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U.S. Renal Care acquires Ambulatory Services of America
By Rachel Landen | August 13, 2013 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
U.S. Renal Care has completed its acquisition of Ambulatory Services of America after first announcing in June the planned merger of the dialysis companies.
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Cogent announces name change, new CEO
By Rachel Landen | July 23, 2013 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Hospital medicine and critical-care company Cogent Healthcare has named Dean Weiland president and CEO and a member of its board.
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CMS proposes 9.4% cut for dialysis providers
By Rich Daly | July 01, 2013 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Dialysis service providers would see a 9.4% cut to their Medicare pay in 2014 under a proposed CMS update issued late Monday.
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