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CMS issues the Final Bundled Payment Rule
 
July 27, 2010
 
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued its long awaited final rule implementing the Medicare bundled payment system for all services related to an outpatient dialysis session, and a proposed rule reducing payment rates by up to 2.0% if a facility fails to meet certain quality performance measures.
 
Effective January 11, 2011, the ESRD bundled prospective payment system (PPS) for dialysis services provides a single bundled payment for each dialysis treatment, which includes dialysis and supplies, related clinical laboratory tests, certain related drugs, and a payment adjustment for home dialysis training when clinically appropriate.

The final rule sets a base payment rate of $229.63 for each dialysis treatment, which would be adjusted for case mix, new patients, pediatric patients, co-morbidities, low-volume facilities, geographic wage index, dialysis training treatments for home or self dialysis and high-cost "outlier" cases.
 
The final rule also postpones until Jan. 1, 2014 the inclusion of ESRD-related oral-only drugs under the ESRD PPS.

The proposed Value Based Purchasing (or pay-for-performance) system, the first in a Medicare fee-for-service program, would take effect in January 2012 for three quality measures, related to anemia management and hemodialysis adequacy.
 
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