The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed a rule that would boost payments for facilities that provide care for patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD).

Payment rates are expected to rise by 2.5% in 2013, according to a CMS press release. CMS estimates that Medicare payments to the 5,633 ESRD facilities will total $8.7 billion in 2013.

The proposed rule, which will appear in the July 11 Federal Register, also would update Medicare policies and strengthen incentives for improved quality of care and better outcomes for patients through improvements to the ESRD Quality Initiative Program. When all policy changes are considered together, payments to ESRD facilities are anticipated to rise by 3.1% in 2013, according to CMS.

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