On November 22, 2013, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule that updates Medicare policies and payment rates for 2014 for dialysis facilities paid under the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Prospective Payment System (PPS). CMS decided to implement a 3- to 4-year transition for the drug utilization adjustment to the base rate mandated by Congress as part of the American Taxpayer Relief Act, and overall payments for 2014 will see a 0% change.
Dialysis of Drugs, an annual publication that provides concise, easy-to-use information on the dialyzability of drugs in patients receiving hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis, is now available as an app. Go to your app store and search on “Dialysis of Drugs” or click below for direct links to access the app for your mobile device.
ANNA is a partner in the Performance Excellence and Accountability in Kidney Care (PEAK). This voluntary quality improvement campaign was initiated by Kidney Care Partners and the kidney community to reduce mortality among first-year dialysis patients on a national level.
Several ANNA members authored articles in the October 2013 issue of Nephrology News & Issues:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created resources for frontline dialysis staff that address best practices for preventing bloodstream and other infections in hemodialysis outpatients. The resources include a video along with an accompanying poster for staff and pocket card for patients. ANNA served as a resource in the development of the video, and the following ANNA members served in advisory roles: