Keyword: American Kidney Fund
Shares of dialysis companies rose sharply after California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill that would have had a major impact on their bottom line.
The legislation, which would cap profits on dialysis clinics affiliated with charities, has been highly contested by the industry.
A new OIG report says CMS paid out over $400 million in improper premium assistance payments in just one year.
The settlement resolves allegations ARA diverted dialysis patients to commercial plans with a premium assistance scheme.
AHIP says HHS should prohibit premium payments by providers by building a ban on Medicare requirements.
A joint letter urges HHS to close a loophole insurers claim leads to inappropriate steering of dialysis patients toward commercial policies.
Three dialysis providers have received subpoenas about their dealings with premium assistance programs, which have been under increasing scrutiny.
From Kaiser Health News: Health insurers the Obama administration to prohibit all premium assistance programs that are funded directly or indirectly by hospitals and other providers.