CMS announces group of proposed regulations.

Kaiser Family Foundation. Copyright 2009 Advisory Plank Kaiser and Company Family Foundation. All rights reserved.. CMS announces group of proposed regulations, including payment cuts CMS the other day announced a number of proposed rules, including a proposal to lessen Medicare payments for inpatient hospital treatment by 0.5 percent in fiscal year 2010, CQ HealthBeat reports. The company stated the proposed cut primarily is the result of adjustments for excessive obligations to hospitals in past years.Linear regression analysis revealed that the current presence of hypertension and dyslipidemia increased mean cIMT by 0.05 and 0.04 mm, respectively. Other cardiovascular disease risk elements, including body mass index, serum calcium and phosphorus amounts, gender, and race did not show a significant association with cIMT. Brady and co-authors hypothesize that ‘there might be other characteristics exclusive to CKD that influence the result of dyslipidemia on the vasculature.’ They conclude these CKD study findings emphasize a need for further research into the effect of ‘targeted dyslipidemia and hypertension treatment normalizing cIMT and decreasing adverse cardiovascular outcomes among children with CKD.’ The analysis is published on-line in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

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