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NRAA News

 

NRAA Celebrates 40 Years of Contributions to the Kidney Care Community

[March 16, 2017]  In 2017, the National Renal Administrators Association (NRAA) celebrates 40 years of contribution to the dialysis and kidney care community. Since 1977, membership with our organization enables connections and an open exchange of best practices that strengthen our community. NRAA provides a voice for the independent and community-based dialysis provider, rooted in advocacy, education, and services.

For the full press release - click here 

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Statement on the Confirmation of Seema Verma as Administrator for Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

[March 13, 2017]  The National Renal Administrators Association (NRAA) congratulates Seema Verma on her confirmation by the United States Senate to be the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator.

The CMS administrator is a critical partner to the NRAA and our members, given the large number of our end state renal disease (ESRD) patients who depend on Medicare for coverage. More than 660,000 Americans are being treated for ESRD, with approximately 21% being part of the critical pediatric and end of life populations1

NRAA represents independent, regional and community-based dialysis providers. NRAA members serve over 126,000 patients across the country, or 28% of the total dialysis population.

It is imperative for independent dialysis facilities to have their voices heard as quality reporting, care coordination and streamlined Medicare cost reporting continue to evolve. We welcome Seema Verma's health policy experience and look forward to collaborating with her in her new role as CMS Administrator. 

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1United States Renal Data System Annual Data Report, 2015. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. http://www.usrds.org/2015/view/Default.aspx 

 

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NRAA Launches "NRAA Voices" - A New Online Community

[February 15, 2017]  The National Renal Administrators Association (NRAA) is proud to launch NRAA Voices; a new, interactive online community exclusive to NRAA members. This platform is designed to support member engagement and continue to foster open dialogue and learning for independent and community-based dialysis providers.

With NRAA Voices, members are connected to a larger community where they can learn best practices in patient care and facility management from their peers at NRAA. Members are also engaged with online education and thoughtful discussion with colleagues and industry leaders. This interactive platform also invites members to feel empowered with access to tools, products and services that are only available to NRAA members.

For the full press release - click here 

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Statement on the Confirmation of Rep. Tom Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services

[February 10, 2017]  The National Renal Administrators Association (NRAA) congratulates Rep. Tom Price on his confirmation by the United States Senate to be the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the principle agency for protecting the health of all Americans.

As of April 2016, 468,000 Americans are on dialysis1 with a growing economic impact across the board; from government programs to providers to individual patients. It is imperative for independent dialysis facilities to have their voices heard as quality reporting, care coordination and streamlined Medicare cost reporting continue to evolve.

We celebrate the clinical background and congressional experience that Congressman Price will bring to HHS and look forward to working with him to advocate progress for the independent, regional and community-based dialysis providers.

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1United States Renal Data System, 2016. https://www.usrds.org/adr.aspx

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RSE 2017 ESRD PPS Calculator - Now Available!

 

[February 1, 2017]  How do you know MAC is paying you correctly? Our partners at Prima Health Analytics have updated the RSE ESRD PPS Calculator for 2017! The tool is easier to use and allows one to look at multiple patients at one time. Best of all - NRAA members can access this tool at no cost! 

To download, go to the Reimbursement folder in Tools on NRAA Voices. 

Members can learn more about how to use this tool to benefit their facility by viewed a pre-recorded webinar on Education Station

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NRAA 2015-2016 Annual Achievement Report

[December 10, 2016]  We are pleased to share with you NRAA’s first ever Annual Achievement Report, which reflects on the progress we have made in the kidney care arena, and the status of our organization.

The report provides insightful data and notable achievements across our four pillars: Advocacy, Education, Membership and Outreach. It also reveals the exciting details of our new committee framework, the NRAA Initiative for Kidney Care Advancement.

Download the full report and learn more about the accomplishments and future vision of NRAA.

 

 

Industry News

 

 

Coalition for Supportive Care of Kidney Patients Releases Advance Care Planning Tools


[Richmond, VA, March 20, 2017] The Coalition for Supportive Care of Kidney Patients (CSCKP) is pleased to announce the release of two new tools to assist patients and their kidney care teams in advance care planning. The brochure, Planning Today for Tomorrow's Healthcare: A Guide for People with Chronic Kidney Disease, introduces patients and their kidney care teams to the process of advance care planning. It details the five steps of planning that allow patients to have control over their healthcare in the event that they cannot speak for themselves. The companion Curriculum Guide for Advance Care Planning is designed to assist facility staff in having advance care planning discussions with patients.

These tools were developed as part of the MY WAY Project, which seeks to test the impact of advance care planning coaching on outcomes and health service utilization of patients with chronic kidney disease. Although advance care planning discussions are associated with improved care, only a small percentage of dialysis patients have an advance care plan, according to the project’s principal investigator Dale Lupu, PhD. The project, which is funded by The Patrick and Catherine Weldon Donaghue Medical Research Foundation, is being conducted by The George Washington University Center for Aging, Health & Humanities, with CSCKP serving as a sub-awardee.

CSCKP and the project team gratefully acknowledge the input provided by members of the project’s advisory group and extend a special thank-you to Elizabeth Anderson, DSW, LCSW, for her work on these materials.

CSCKP brings together like-minded people who care deeply about the quality of compassionate, supportive care for kidney patients. Membership encompasses professionals from many disciplines and laypersons who are working for true patient-centered care that values quality of life. To learn more about CSCKP, visit http://kidneysupportivecare.org.

The Patrick and Catherine Weldon Donaghue Medical Research Foundation provides grants for medical research of practical benefit. It focuses on initiatives to strengthen research on health issues, to promote research leadership, and to put new knowledge to work for public benefit. The Foundation is particularly interested in funding research that has the potential for a direct, near term impact to improve health and in supporting initiatives designed to promote the transfer of knowledge to useful applications. Learn more about the Donaghue Foundation at http://donaghue.org.

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CMS Issues Final Rule Updating Medicare's Physician Fee Schedule for 2017

 

CMS Issues Final Rule Updating Medicare's Physician Fee Schedule for 2017

Rule Includes Expansion of Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) Model

[January, 2017]  The CMS' final rule updating the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) for 2017 includes an expansion of the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program Model in 2018.  The expansion of the model was included in the Agency’s proposed rule earlier this summer and would make it the first preventative services model under CMS’ Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) to be incorporated into the Medicare program.  In a statement, CMS Acting Administrator Slavitt suggested that “[b]y better valuing primary care, behavioral health, and prevention models like the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program expanded model, we help beneficiaries access the services they need to stay well and live long, healthy lives.”  The payment structure for the expanded MDPP model is expected to be finalized in 2017 through the rulemaking process.  Payment for MDPP services are expected to begin in 2018.  Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas and Kasper Cardinale Consulting will produce a detailed analysis of this final rule for NRAA members in the very near future.

summary of CMS’s CY 2017 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule by Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas and Kasper Cardinale Consulting can be found on NRAA members only (sign in is required).