National Kidney Foundation Statement on Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Rule Requiring Immunizations for Staff at Dialysis Centers | State

NEW YORK, November 4, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Today, the National Kidney Foundation (NKF), the leading organization for kidney patients in the United States, commends the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for protecting dialysis patients. A new rule released today will require COVID-19 vaccination of all staff, including employees, licensed practitioners, students, interns, volunteers, and others who provide care, treatment or others. services to the health care provider or its patients.

“It’s important to remember that the first person in the United States to die of COVID-19 was a dialysis patient,” said Kevin longino, CEO of the National Kidney Foundation and a kidney transplant patient. “Dialysis patients, even those who are fully immunized, remain a vulnerable population that must be protected.”

“We applaud CMS for issuing the new rule requiring vaccination of all who care for dialysis patients and thank the staff at dialysis clinics across the country who have already pledged to be vaccinated. We also encourage all patients with kidney disease and their care partners, family members and loved ones to get the vaccine, ”added Longino.

Watch a video of patients with kidney disease discussing the importance of getting the vaccine.

About kidney disease

In United States, an estimated 37 million adults have kidney disease, also known as chronic kidney disease (CKD), and about 90 percent of them don’t know they have it. 1 in 3 adults in the United States is at risk for kidney disease. Risk factors for kidney disease include: diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and family history. People of Black / African American, Hispanic / Latino, Native American / Alaska Native, Asian American, or Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander descent are at increased risk of developing the disease. Blacks / African Americans are more than 3 times more likely than whites to have kidney failure. Hispanics / Latinos are 1.3 times more likely than non-Hispanics to have kidney failure.

About 785,000 Americans have irreversible kidney disease and need dialysis or a kidney transplant to survive. About 555,000 of these patients receive dialysis to replace kidney function, 230,000 are living with a transplant. Depending on where a patient lives, the average wait time for a kidney transplant can range from three to seven years. Living donation was responsible for a total of 5,726 transplants in 2020. Living organ donation not only saves lives, but also money. Each year, Medicare spends approximately $ 89,000 per dialysis patient and less than half, $ 35,000, for a transplant.

About the National Kidney Foundation

The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is the largest, most comprehensive, and oldest patient-centered organization dedicated to the awareness, prevention, and treatment of kidney disease in the United States. For more information on the NKF, visit

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