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Patients Living Longer on Dialysis

By Kerry Willis, PhD, NKF Chief Scientific Officer Over 450,000 Americans with kidney failure depend on dialysis to stay alive, and since 1999 survival rates have continued to increase among this highly vulnerable population, as summarized in the United States … Continue reading

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Payment and Treatment for Dialysis Patients: CMS Issues Final Rulings

On Friday, October 31, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued final regulations regarding payments to dialysis facilities and quality measures dialysis facilities must meet in 2017 and 2018 to avoid facing a penalty.

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Be a Part of NKF’s Kidney Patient Summit

The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is hosting the 2nd Annual Kidney Patient Summit in Washington, DC, on March 2-3, 2015.  Join us for this special National Kidney Month event as we unite as one voice to tell Congress about the importance of … Continue reading

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Join NKF and Make a Difference

You may already follow the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Maybe you read our blog posts or visit our website for information. But did you know you can also join NKF and become part of the … Continue reading

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NKF Expresses Disappointment Over Dialysis Five-Star Rating Program

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is planning to implement a new program to help patients and their loved ones better understand the quality of care delivered by dialysis facilities through a five-star rating system. While the National … Continue reading

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Medicare Rules that You Won’t Have to Choose Between Dialysis and Hospice if You Have a Terminal Illness

Dr. Beth Piraino, NKF President As a follow-up to our post End of Life Decisions for Dialysis Patients: Update on Proposed Medicare Rule, we are pleased to report that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have affirmed that … Continue reading

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Proposed Dialysis Payment Changes Could Hurt Rural Facilities

On July 2, 2014 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its annual proposed rule on dialysis payment and quality. This week, we address changes to the payment and its effect on patients’ access to dialysis. Next week, … Continue reading

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Future Dialysis Cuts Reduced and Oral-only Drugs Remain under Part D until 2024

On Monday March 31, 2014, the Senate passed legislation that avoids substantial Medicare cuts to physician payments. This vote comes on the heels of House approval that occurred last week.   The one year patch to Medicare physician payments includes a … Continue reading

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Oregon Reverses its Proposal on 24 Month Waiting Period for Transplant Coverage

In our November 13, 2013 post Help Us Prevent Discriminatory Kidney Care Policies we asked you to take action to keep Oregon State from permitting private insurance companies to adopt waiting periods of up to 24 months on organ and bone … Continue reading

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Year in Review: NKF Public Policy and Advocacy

Advocacy and public policy efforts were in full swing this past year and the National Kidney Foundation worked to maximize opportunities to improve kidney care. Here is a snapshot of our top advocacy activities in 2013. The Comprehensive Immunosuppressive Drug … Continue reading

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