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

Human Services Secretary Sibelius and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to update home hemodialysis training payments.  In their letter, the Congressional Kidney Caucus co-chairs said, "dialysis patients should be aware of and have access to the treatment option that they and their physicians think best."

In recent years, peer reviewed articles have reported on the clinical and quality of life benefits, and lower mortality experienced by patients on more frequent home hemodialysis when compared with three-times-weekly in-center therapy. The literature strongly supports the meaningful benefits possible with more frequent home hemodialysis. Yet, many patients aren't adequately informed about all of their treatment options and more than 90% of patients undergoing dialysis in the United States are doing three-times-weekly in-center therapy. That's despite the fact that in a recent survey, more than 90% of nephrologists said they would choose home dialysis over in-center dialysis for themselves or a family member, with HHD being the preferred option. 

Supporters of  Hemodialysis at Home:  A Better Way For a Better Life are actively urging CMS to update its current payment structure to provide adequate reimbursement for the up-front costs associated with HHD training to expand patient access to HHD.

About Hemodialysis at Home:  A Better Way For a Better Life

Hemodialysis at Home: A Better Way For A Better Life brings together dialyzors, care partners, physicians, nurses, patient advocates, and other renal professionals from across the country who believe patients need to have better access to and more awareness of the improved quality of life reported to be made possible by home dialysis technology.  Hemodialysis at Home: A Better Way For A Better Life is a project of NxStage Medical, Inc.  For more i
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