Effect of the ownership of dialysis facilities on patients' survival and referral for transplantation.

  title={Effect of the ownership of dialysis facilities on patients' survival and referral for transplantation.},
  author={Pushkal P. Garg and Kevin D. Frick and Marie Diener-West and Neil R. Powe},
  journal={The New England journal of medicine},
  volume={341 22},
BACKGROUND More than 200,000 patients with end-stage renal disease undergo dialysis in the United States each year, about two thirds in for-profit centers. Economic pressures, such as the decline in inflation-adjusted Medicare payments for dialysis, may compromise the quality of care. Facilities may also be reluctant to refer patients to be evaluated for transplantation because of the loss of revenues from dialysis after patients receive transplants. It is unknown whether for-profit facilities… 

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