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Older patients with chronic kidney disease are costly as they transition to dialysis

ffect of those conditions on claims for chronic kidney disease and discovered even higher costs immediately before and after starting dialysis than in patients who did not have these other conditions. This further implies the need for better management of coexisting conditions in patients with chronic kidney disease, St. Peter says.

"If the comorbidity among patients accepted to the end-stage renal disease program continues to increase, the impact on the future cost of the end-stage renal disease program can be substantial and may require a reevaluation of the current Medicare payment system," the researchers wrote.


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