BALTIMORE—The National Renal Administrators Association (NRAA) has submitted a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) stating their concerns for reimbursement of dialysis services patients with acute kidney injury (AKI) receive.
The letter requested the meeting in order to "discuss how the agency can change this policy to allow better patient care and greater cost efficiencies."
According to the letter, the NRAA feels that AKI patients receiving dialysis care in hospitals is costing the hospital as well as Medicare more money and is inefficient.
"It requires an otherwise stable patient to remain in the hospital system longer than is necessary and where hospitals do not have a dialysis unit, requires hospitals to provide a bed to a patient that does not need it," the letter said.
The letter requests a meeting to discuss solutions and "ways to incorporate patient monitoring and quality oversight into any potential solution the agency might choose to implement."
To see the whole letter click here.