Proposed Payment Model for Kidney Treatment May Open Door for Home Health Partnerships

In an effort to shift more treatment of chronic kidney disease into the home and ensure patients have greater access to coordinated care, federal policymakers have proposed a series of new payment models for certain kidney-related conditions.

Officials from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) unveiled the new payment models Wednesday, advancing goals set forth by a Trump administration executive order.

While they do not target home health providers specifically, industry insiders and kidney treatment experts say the newly proposed payment models may lead to emerging opportunities down the road. Currently, home health providers do not widely offer dialysis or other specialized kidney treatment, in part because of reimbursement barriers and a lack of overall financial incentives.

“Many patients can receive home dialysis but don’t today, and the policies announced [Wednesday] will enable patients to spend more time at home instead of being in a dialysis center three times per week,” Dr. Michael Cantor, chief medical officer at CareCentrix, told Home Health Care News.

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