The CMS increased an end-stage renal disease treatment provider payment Friday that was reduced at the beginning of the year. The change, which drops a 3.1% reduction implemented Jan. 1, applies to facilities that provide outpatient maintenance dialysis services for Medicare patients and is effective immediately.
CMS ups end-stage renal-care payment
The change stemmed from a larger-than-expected number of such providers opting for full participation in a new payment system mandated by the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008, instead of transitioning into the new payment system over four years. CMS officials had estimated 43% of providers would jump to the new payment system without a transition but 87% have done so.
The latest change does not affect the overall 2% dialysis provider payment reduction instituted by the 2008 law.
Kidney Care Partners, a coalition of patient advocates, dialysis professionals, providers and manufacturers, commended the CMS for eliminating the 3.1% transition cut imposed on dialysis facilities.
“We appreciate CMS’ willingness to work with the kidney-care community to address this important issue,” said a statement from the coalition. “Today’s correction will help improve the lives of all Medicare beneficiaries on dialysis.”
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