Industry, Patients United In Opposing CMS' Dialysis Star-Rating Program

Dialysis facilities and patients criticized CMS on Monday (Nov. 10) for sticking to a dialysis star-rating program that they say confuses patients, makes good facilities appear to be poor performers and disadvantages facilities in poor neighborhoods. Industry and patient groups started criticizing the star-rating plan when it was described in a CMS blog in July. They dislike that the program is graded on a curve, which forces 30 percent of facilities into one and two-star ratings irrespective of their performance,...

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