For the second year in a row, the nation's top two kidney-care providers performed at significantly different levels of quality, according to CMS data released Thursday. DaVita beat out competitor Fresenius in the four- and five-star categories.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has proposed a $12 million plan to reconnect the city of Flint to Detroit's Lake Huron water supply. Health advocates lament that the money wasn't spent earlier on efforts to prevent childhood lead-poisoning.
Kidney-care providers are still battling methods used by the CMS to help dialysis patients evaluate quality at more than 5,500 U.S. treatment centers. The ratings are difficult to understand and are not consistent with other online public-rating systems, according to a report released Tuesday.
The CMS Innovation Center says the 483 medical practices participating in its Comprehensive Primary Care initiative achieved $24 million in gross Medicare savings, but few saved more than what the government paid them to coordinate patients' care.