Dialysis Patient Citizens helps patients by working to improve access to care, promote financial security, increase quality of care and advance patient choice.
Two leading members of the US Senate Committee on Finance, which oversees the Medicare program, recently raised concerns to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on issues impacting the care of dialysis patients.
Many of these items align with our priorities to improve the quality of life for patients with end-stage renal disease.
Emphasis was placed on the following dialysis-care issues:
- better sustainability for new treatment research and innovation
- the importance of care coordination by strengthening the lines of communication and information shared between hospitals and dialysis patient care providers
- increasing quality care and outcomes with the cohesion of the Quality Incentive Program and 5-star ratings
We hope CMS will improve their policies by addressing these issues, ultimately increasing the quality of care for the half-million Americans with kidney failure.