Final 2022 Medicare Dialysis Payment Rule Cleared to Publish

Oct. 28, 2021, 2:00 PM

A final rule dictating 2022 Medicare payment rates for dialysis cleared White House review and could publish at any time.

The proposed rule (RIN 0938-AU39) called for a 1.2% increase for freestanding kidney care centers and a 1.3% bump for hospital-based dialysis.

For people with kidney failure, known also as end-stage renal disease, dialysis machines replace the filtering function of the failed organ.

In 2019, traditional Medicare spent $12.9 billion on dialysis treatments for nearly 395,000 beneficiaries, according to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission. About 7,700 dialysis facilities treated Medicare beneficiaries that year.

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