Fresenius Kidney Care has announced its dialysis facilities have received its highest quality ratings to date based on CMS criteria. Each year, CMS considers a variety of clinical performance measures and patient outcomes before assigning a rating of one to five stars.
According to a press release, more than 94% of Fresenius centers were rated three stars and above for quality of patient care, while the number of centers that achieved a five-star rating increased from 658 last year to 762.
“These ratings reflect the collective work across all providers in the industry to continue to improve upon quality of care and patient experience, whether large or small, for-profit or non-profit,” Jeffrey Hymes, chief medical officer at Fresenius Kidney Care, said in the release. “Our exceptional five-star ratings reflect our continued success in reducing infections and hospitalizations for our patients as well as other key quality metrics.”
In addition to the CMS measures, Fresenius Kidney Care uses its own annual quality agenda, which consists of patient safety procedures, an antibiotic stewardship and infection control initiative, a vascular access program and medication management.
“Every day, our care team provides superior care to people living with kidney disease, and these results are a testament to their hard work and commitment,” Mike Asselta, president of Fresenius Kidney Care, said. “I am grateful for the physicians, nurses, social workers, dieticians, patient care technicians and other support team members in our clinics who are dedicated to improving the quality of our patients’ lives. These results demonstrate that our care givers deliver the best care in the industry.”