Nursing Home Dialysis Demand Drives Post-PDPM Push to Specialty Services

Dialysis services have recently been highlighted as a major growth area under the new Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) — both financially and clinically — especially as reimbursements are recalibrated for higher acuity patients. In July, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) rolled out the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Treatment Choices (ETC) model, […]

Proposed Mandatory Payment Model for Dialysis Could Have Skilled Nursing Promise

The federal government on Wednesday unveiled a new proposed payment model for certain kidney-related conditions, and several providers in the space say it could have serious potential for skilled nursing operators. Under the proposed End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Treatment Choices (ETC) model, Medicare would expand coverage of care for kidney diseases and offer financial incentives […]

ManorCare Adds Dialysis Services in Handful of SNFs, With Eye on Expanding

HCR ManorCare and Dialyze Direct on Wednesday announced a cooperation agreement that will bring hemodialysis services to HCR ManorCare’s skilled nursing facilities. Dialyze Direct currently offers services in two of ManorCare’s Chicago-market SNFs, ManorCare assistant vice president Eric O’Neill told Skilled Nursing News. The skilled nursing giant is looking to expand the services to two additional […]

Dialyze Direct Acquires Affiliated Dialysis Centers to Become Largest SNF-Focused Provider

Dialyze Direct, LLC, acquired Affiliated Dialysis Centers in a deal expected to close by December 31, subject to customary closing conditions. The acquisition would make Dialyze Direct the largest home hemodialysis provider for skilled nursing facilities in the U.S., according to the company. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Medicare reimburses for dialysis […]

How On-Site Dialysis in SNFs Could Improve Patient Outcomes

Improving patient outcomes remains a top priority for skilled nursing providers, and some have begun to see the potential benefits of offering specialized on-site services such as dialysis. Shelley Matthes, director of quality improvement at Ecumen, believes delivering hemodialysis treatments on site eases the overall process for the patient who would otherwise be required to travel […]