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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. Advertisements

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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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How I Helped the Institute of Medicine Understand How to Better Involve Patients in Healthcare

By Caroline Wilkie I am a kidney patient who has been on dialysis for the past four and a half years. I am passionate about spreading awareness about kidney disease. So when I got an invitation to speak at the … 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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A Kidney Patient’s Clinical Trial Experience

While we often blog here about health-related policies and opportunities to contact your elected officials, we also like to acknowledge those individuals living with kidney disease who take steps to improve, not only their own lives but, the lives of … Continue reading

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National Kidney Foundation Supports 9/11 First Responders

In response to a preliminary study presented this week that found early signs of kidney damage in Ground Zero first responders, the National Kidney Foundation offers information and support to responders and their families and encourages further research into this … Continue reading

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