The American Kidney Fund (AKF) has activated its Disaster Relief Program to help dialysis patients who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy. The program provides emergency assistance in the form of block grants to local dialysis centers when disaster strikes a community. Dialysis centers then distribute the funds to help their patients pay for essentials such as food, shelter, medications and the cost of fuel or transportation to reach dialysis treatment.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the Final Rule for the Medicare Program; End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System, Quality Incentive Program, and Bad Debt Reductions for all Medicare Providers. This final rule updates and makes revisions to the end-stage renal disease (ESRD) prospective payment system (PPS) for calendar year (CY) 2013.