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Home Hemodialysis Patients Urge Medicare to Fix HHD Training Reimbursement
Date:3/20/2013

WASHINGTON, March 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- In honor of National Kidney Month, current and former dialyzors with Hemodialysis at Home:  A Better Way for a Better Life , a NxStage Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ: NXTM) sponsored project, gathered in Washington, D.C. today to urge the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to remove barriers limiting access to home hemodialysis (HHD). Specifically, the group urged CMS to fix its current payment policy to provide adequate reimbursement for the up-front costs associated with HHD training.

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"Home hemodialysis works. It gives me the freedom and flexibility to live a more normal life on dialysis," said Kathe Lebeau , a patient currently doing HHD with the NxStage® System One™ who made the trip to D.C. "Unfortunately, access to HHD is severely limited today with less than 2% of patients doing HHD. We are asking CMS to give more patients access to HHD by updating its current payment structure to provide adequate reimbursement for HHD training. It's a simple fix that would make a big difference for dialysis patients across the country."

While in D.C., the group met with their elected representatives as well as CMS representatives to discuss the benefits of HHD and barriers that are limiting access for patients. The group asked for help in making sure those barriers are removed. 

This 'call to action' comes just days after Reps. Jim McDermott and Tom Marino sent letters to Congressional representatives urging them to sign onto a bi-partisan letter asking Health and
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