CMS Releases Rules of Significance to Renal Community, Solicits Comments On February 4, 2005, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released three proposed rules, which will have a significant impact on the renal community, in the Federal Register. CMS is soliciting comments to these rules, and ANNA has assembled a task force to evaluate them and prepare a formal response from the Association. ANNA members and all renal health care providers are encouraged to review the rules themselves and submit their individual concerns and insights to CMS. Medicare Program; Conditions for Coverage for End Stage Renal Disease Facilities - This proposed rule would revise the requirements that end stage renal disease (ESRD) facilities must meet to be certified under the Medicare program. All comments must be submitted by May 5, 2005. Medicare Program; Hospital Conditions of Participation: Requirements for Approval and Re-Approval of Transplant Centers To Perform Organ Transplants - This proposed rule would set the requirements that heart, heart-lung, intestine, kidney, lung, and pancreas transplant centers must meet to participate as Medicare-approved transplant centers. All comments must be submitted by April 5, 2005. Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Conditions for Coverage for Organ Procurement Organizations - This proposed rule establishes new conditions of coverage for organ procurement organizations (OPOs), including new outcome and process performance measures based on donor potential and related factors in each service area of qualified OPOs. To access the full text of these rules (as published in the Federal Register), go to the Conditions of Participation / Conditions for Coverage page on the CMS Web site.