Raymond Hakim
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The current and future state of the ESRD program: a provider roundtable.

Nissenson AR, Lazarus JM, Lindenfeld SM, Hakim RM, Bander SJ
Semin Nephrol. 2000 20 (6): 543-55

PMID: 11111856

The decade of the 1990s have seen substantial consolidation of services in the dialysis industry in the United States. A small number of horizontally and/or vertically integrated companies oversee the care of over two-thirds of dialysis patients. There are many questions regarding this trends as well as the vision of these large organizations regarding the future of the ESRD program. The senior physicians in the four largest such organizations agreed to participate in a provider roundtable to share their thoughts on the following issues: What are the advantages and disadvantages of industry consolidation?; What steps has your organization taken to succeed?; What are the key issues facing this industry in the next decade?; What policy changes by the Federal Government do you anticipate?; What policy changes would you like to see? Although significant differences in specifics are clear in the responses, a recurrent theme relates to how value will be maintained in the program-the balance between high-quality outcomes and the costs of achieving these outcomes. This is clearly the challenge in the years ahead.

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Health Personnel Humans Kidney Failure, Chronic Medicare Renal Dialysis United States

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