Dialysis Centers provide services to individuals with chronic kidney failure by
offering dialysis treatment or education on how to perform dialysis at home.
ESRD facility services include support from physicians,
nurses, nutritionists, and social workers.
This interdisciplinary team works with each dialysis patient with the
goal of living as normally as possible and maximizing their quality of life.
Two types of dialysis treatment may be performed:
involves passing an individual’s blood through a machine with a special
membrane to remove substances.
Hemodialysis may be scheduled for three or four times per week
according to physician orders and degree of kidney disease;
dialysis involves filling the abdomen with a dialysate using the
natural abdominal membranes to filter toxic substances from the body. Peritoneal dialysis may be performed several
times a day according to physician orders and degree of kidney disease.
ESRD facilities are not
licensed by the state, but may be Medicare certified.
Medicare pays for services provided by ESRD facilities
that voluntarily seek and are approved for certification by the Federal Health
and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). CMS contracts with the Department of Health to
evaluate compliance with the federal ESRD regulations by periodically
conducting surveys of these facilities.
Kidney Transplant Centers are specialized ESRD facilities
located in acute care hospitals.
Services provided in these facilities include tissue typing, organ
procurement and survey.
ESRD Service Provider Application:
After review and acceptance of the application materials and notification from CMS of the approval of the CMS-855A, the Department will conduct a survey before recommending the agency for Medicare certification.
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For more information, select the above links or call the Division of Home Health at 717-783-1379.