Two pieces of legislation have been passed by unanimous consent by the Ways and Means Committee with provisions that improve dialysis care. The Medicare Part B Improvement Act of 2017 (H.R. 3178) and H.R. 3168 –contain 3 provisions which will improve dialysis care. H.R. 3178 expands access to home dialysis by allowing the use of telemedicine for end stage renal disease (ESRD) related visits as well as allows new dialysis facilities to received outside accreditation in order to provide treatment. The second piece of legislation includes a provision to allow for the reauthorization of Medicare Special Needs Plans (SNPs) for five years. DPC submitted a letter of support for these three provisions to Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) in advance of the committee mark-up. We look forward to seeing these pieces of legislation reach the full house floor for a vote.
View from the gallery as the committee approves the legislation.