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When the Stars Aren’t Aligned: The Dialysis Facility Rating System

Most nephrologists will be surprised to hear that a new dialysis facility rating system will be launched January 1, 20151. Over 6000 dialysis facilities in the US will receive star rankings using a forced Bell curve method. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) claim that this rating system will provide a simple way for patients and families to ... Read More »

FINDING FINANCIAL HELP FOR SELF PAY PATIENTS

Almost every dialysis facility and nephrology practice treats self-pay patients. While the care given to these patients is a simple matter of diagnosis and treatment, how they are handled on the financial side of the business varies wildly. Self-pay patients almost always lack coverage because they lack funds to pay for coverage, are undocumented, or both. Some patients fall into ... Read More »