Medicare Policy Could Reduce Dialysis Access for African Americans

Study Raises New Concerns Over Proposed Fixed Payment Bundle

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Two curious youths with urine flasks attend a group of physicians. Sparking curiosity about the kidneys could help spur young people to become nephrologists. See special section, p. 11.

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) proposed fixed payment bundle system could have an unintended consequence—reduced access to dialysis for African Americans, suggests a study in the July Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

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