CMS Announces Transformative and Innovative Specialty Care Models for Medicare Beneficiaries

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 18, 2020

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CMS Announces Transformative New Model of Care for Medicare Beneficiaries with Chronic Kidney Disease

Model focuses on reducing costs and improving quality of care for patients

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it has finalized the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Treatment Choices (ETC) Model, to improve or maintain the quality of care and reduce Medicare expenditures for patients with chronic kidney disease. The ETC Model delivers on President Trump’s Advancing Kidney Health Executive Order and encourages an increased use of home dialysis and kidney transplants to help improve the quality of life of Medicare beneficiaries with ESRD. The ETC Model will impact approximately 30 percent of kidney care providers and will be implemented on January 1, 2021 at an estimated savings of $23 million over five and a half years.

“Over the past year, the Trump Administration has taken more action to advance American kidney health than we’ve seen in decades,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. “This new payment model helps address a broken set of incentives that have prevented far too many Americans from benefiting from enjoying the better lives that could come with more convenient dialysis options or the possibility of a transplant.”

To read the full ETC Model release, click here: https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/press-releases/cms-announces-transformative-new-model-care-medicare-beneficiaries-chronic-kidney-disease

To read the ETC Model Fact Sheet, click here: https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/fact-sheets/end-stage-renal-disease-treatment-choices-etc-model-fact-sheet

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