An executive order was signed by President Trump this week to reform the kidney treatment industry. The order will create new payment models to encourage more kidney transplants and give patients incentives to seek dialysis treatment at home instead of at more expensive treatment centers.
Section 5 of the executive order states the following :
Payment Model to Increase Home Dialysis and Kidney Transplants. Within 30 days of the date of this order, the Secretary shall select a payment model to evaluate the effects of creating payment incentives for greater use of home dialysis and kidney transplants for Medicare beneficiaries on dialysis. The model should adjust payments based on the percentage of a participating provider’s attributed patients who either are on home dialysis or have received a kidney transplant and should include a learning system to help participants improve performance. Greater rates of home dialysis and transplantation will improve quality of life and care for patients who require dialysis and may eliminate the need for dialysis altogether for many patients.
This new order poses key questions for dialysis owners:
- How will this bill affect the status and viability of currently operating freestanding dialysis clinics?
- Do we expect this news to affect the values of dialysis clinics nationwide?
Contact a Matthews™ agent today if currently own a dialysis clinic to discuss the viability of your asset and create a plan to secure your investment.