Nation’s Kidney Care Community Says Medicare Rule Goes Too Far, Cuts Too Deep

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23, 2013 Coalition Concerned That Phase-In Will Not Mitigate Impact on Patient Access and Care Quality WASHINGTON, Nov. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The nation’s kidney care leaders today expressed disappointment that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) decision to cut Medicare payments for dialysis by 12 percent or nearly $30 per treatment over three to four years will have a negative impact on vulnerable dialysis patients by threatening access to and limiting options for quality care. The final Medicare rule does not change CMS’ original proposal, issued in July, which also includes additional cuts of 12 percent. According to Kidney Care Partners (KCP), a coalition of patients, physicians, nurses, providers, and manufacturers, the rule deals a significant blow to an already fragile system by ultimately reducing Medicare payments to a level that will not cover here. the cost of care for individuals on dialysis. “Phasing in this cut does not solve the problem,” said KCP Chairman Ron Kuerbitz.
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22, 2013 6:57 p.m. ET Funny how, amid the JFK memoriams, the most relevant parallel, the Bay of Pigs, hasn’t come up. The president didn’t ask the right questions. He relied on expert agencies whose pressing motive was to discharge their own assignments while taking no responsibility for the end result.
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Medicare spent $574 billion providing health care coverage in 2012 and generated $537 billion in income that year. That spending gap is expected to continue far into the future.
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