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Health outcomes unchanged under new dialysis payment system, analysis finds
Modern Healthcare

A yearlong analysis of a new payment system for outpatient maintenance dialysis from the CMS showed changes in use patterns for certain services and procedures but no real changes in beneficiary health status in 2011. In January 2011, the CMS implemented the end-stage renal disease prospective payment system and since then has used real-time claims analysis to monitor groups of Medicare beneficiaries that could be affected by the new payment method.