Study: CMS penalized clinics in ESRD demonstration with patients at greater social risk

CMS levied fines for poor performance in the first year of its End-Stage Renal Disease Treatment Choices model against dialysis clinics with higher proportions of patients at social risk, a recently published study shows.
“The [ESRD Treatment Choices] ETC model disproportionately penalized dialysis facilities serving patients with higher social risk during the first year of implementation,” Kalli G. Koukounas, MPH, from the department of health policy and practices at Brown University, and colleagues wrote.
CMS launched the ETC model in January 2021 to “establish incentives to

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