Statement on the Confirmation of Seema Verma as Administrator for Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Statement attributable to:
Karen Kelley, MHA, BSN, RN, CNN
President, NRAA

The National Renal Administrators Association (NRAA) congratulates Seema Verma on her confirmation by the United States Senate to be the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator.

The CMS administrator is a critical partner to the NRAA and our members, given the large number of our end stage renal disease (ESRD) patients who depend on Medicare for coverage.  More than 660,000 Americans are being treated for ESRD, with approximately 21% being part of the critical pediatric and end of life populations1.

NRAA represents independent, regional and community-based dialysis providers. NRAA members serve over 126,000 patients across the country, or 28% of the total dialysis population.

It is imperative for independent dialysis facilities to have their voices heard as quality reporting, care coordination and streamlined Medicare cost reporting continue to evolve. We welcome Seema Verma’s health policy experience and look forward to collaborating with her in her new role as CMS Administrator.

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About NRAA

NRAA is a voluntary organization representing dialysis providers throughout the United States. Since 1973, the diverse membership is primarily comprised of small dialysis organizations and medium-sized dialysis organizations, as well as for-profit and non-profit providers serving patients in urban, rural and suburban areas in both freestanding and hospital-based facilities. NRAA is the leading resource and voice for the independent and community-based dialysis providers. For more information, visit www.nraa.org

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1United States Renal Data System Annual Data Report (2015), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. http://www.usrds.org/2015/view/Default.aspx