Petition Update

Statement On CMS' Proposed Rule for Medicare's ESRD Benefit

National Kidney Foundation

Jul 10, 2013 — Statement On CMS' Proposed Rule for Medicare's ESRD Benefit

By Lori Hartwell, CEO, Renal Support Network

PR Newswire

GLENDALE, Calif., July 9, 2013

GLENDALE, Calif., July 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Renal Support Network is shocked and dismayed that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed a drastic cut of 12% out of the Medicare ESRD system, which would essentially strip approximately $30 out of the $246 that Medicare currently pays for a 3-4 hour dialysis session.

Currently, approximately 85 percent of people rely on this critical Medicare benefit for their dialysis care. There is little doubt that if this draconian Medicare cut contained in CMS's proposed rule were to be finalized after the 60-day comment period, it would seriously hurt the stability of the Medicare ESRD program and jeopardize quality and patient access to dialysis care.