The Renal Revolution Blog
Congressional Kidney Caucus Leaders Take Aim at Training Payments. NxStage is working aggressively to give more patients access to our life changing therapy. A key focus is changing Medicare's current payment policy for HHD training.
Disappointed that you weren't able to make it to the Annual Dialysis Conference in Seattle this year? Good news... NxStage will be blogging live from the show again this year! This morning, NxStage set another industry first, with one of our patients, Judy, dialyzing via live broadcast and talking to visitors in the booth. The portability and flexibility of the System One™ cycler was shown in spades -- no other home hemodialysis system could have allowed a patient to bring their machine with them to Seattle!
Medicare's dialysis payment policies discourage health care providers from offering a viable treatment option. More than 570,000 Americans are living with end-stage renal disease, the vast majority of whom are dependent on dialysis treatments to replace kidney function. For some of these patients, home hemodialysis is a viable treatment option that should be available.
Over the last few weeks, I have enjoyed participating in two National Kidney Foundation (NKF) Kidney Walks. On October 14, I – along with nearly 8,000 other walkers – attended the New York City (NYC) Kidney Walk starting at the South Street Seaport in Manhattan. What an amazing event!