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Doctors to Be Paid More for Home Dialysis, Kidney Transplants

July 10, 2019, 8:35 PM

More Medicare patients would get in-home dialysis treatments and better access to kidney transplants under five new incentive payment models announced July 10.

One of the models, dubbed the End-Stage Renal Disease Treatment Choices Model (ETC), would base payments to doctors and facilities on the number of Medicare beneficiaries who receive dialysis treatments at home rather than at a dialysis center. The payments would also increase if these Medicare patients receive kidney transplants.

The new rates are slated to begin Jan. 1, 2020, and end June 30, 2026. The model is part of a proposed rule from the Centers for...

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