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Texas Kidney Community: CMS Authorization to Survey 22 New Dialysis Centers Excellent First Step Toward Opening Additional Pending Facilities, Creating More Local Jobs
Date:7/27/2009

Federal, State Health Officials Praised for Expediting Necessary Facility Certification Process; Cornyn, Hutchison, 27 House Members Thanked for CMS Letter Effort Outlining Problem

AUSTIN, Texas, July 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In commending officials from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) for initiating the critical certification process necessary to open 22 new dialysis centers across the state, the Texas kidney community characterized the development as an excellent first step toward ultimately opening 38 additional end stage renal disease (ESRD) centers still sitting idle, which, if opened, will dramatically expand access to quality dialysis care and create good-paying local jobs.

"Opening these new state-of-the-art facilities will go a long way towards helping Texans with kidney failure live life to the fullest," said Jess Hall, President of the Texas Division of the National Kidney Foundation. "With additional facilities accessible, patients can receive dialysis treatment closer to home and at the time slot that works best for their schedule and lifestyle. Ultimately, this will enable patients to maximize their time and better juggle their treatment, family and work commitments. Patients who have choices tend to feel in control of their own health and lives and do better on their treatment."

"We commend CMS and the many Texas state officials who deserve credit for recognizing the certification backlog problem - with delays of up to 18 months - and then acting collegially in the public interest to greatly improve access to quality dialysis care for patients in these 22 affected communities," said Robert Hootkins, M.D., medical director of Fresenius Medical Care Austin North. "The end result will be better dialysis care for ESRD patients and more jobs for Texans - we applaud thei
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