New Medicare Rules Helps Kidney Dialysis

American Journal of Kidney Diseases

Medicare or the medical care system in the United States is known to be unaffordable and hard to be obtained by the people. Many different amendments in the system was asked for and was hard to be achieved. However, recent modifications have been taken on Medicare rules which could actually change the way the field works.

According to a speech conducted in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases, a team of researchers commented that the changes in the Medicare rules will actually provide more growth for the development of dialysis of the kidney. This is due to high cost of kidney dialysis which costs a total of $85,000 annually per person, reaching a total of $35 billion per year.

The study was led by PhD holder Adam S. Wilk who is an assistant professor of health policy and management at the Emory Rollins School of Public Health.

He commented on his obtained results and theories saying, “A year ago, rule changes were proposed that would limit how many dialysis treatments per week Medicare would pay for. Nephrologists, patients and other interest groups expressed concern that this would have the effect of limiting dialysis patients’ access to innovations in treatment, like ‘frequent hemodialysis,’ that has the potential to improve outcomes and quality of life in this population. If Medicare were to adopt the policy options we describe, nephrologists would have greater clarity about how they would be paid for their dialysis care, giving them greater freedom to identify better ways to treat their dialysis patients.”