In making a decision about your dialysis care, we want you to compare. We want you to make an educated decision about which dialysis provider in whom you choose to instill your trust with your healthcare. We encourage you to go to a number of different providers, perhaps even different facilities with the same company name, meet their staff, discuss their care philosophies, and get a sense of how they make you feel. Not all dialysis providers are equal. When it comes to home dialysis providers, HDT stands out above the rest given the experienced home only dialysis clinical staff HDT maintains.
HDT Quality Outcomes Compared to National Averages
Comparison of Exit Site Infection Rates
A large concern for patients considering peritoneal dialysis as a modality option is the risk of infection. Infection rates vary from clinic to clinic across the United States, largely due to care techniques, as well as the availability of a dedicated surgeon for optimal peritoneal dialysis catheter placements.
Comparison of Hospitalizations and Emergency Room Visits
Another concern patients should consider when selecting a dialysis clinic is the rate of hospitalizations and emergency room visits for its patients. At HDT, due to the comprehensive care coordination with your nurse and doctor, as well as 27/7 on call support, we are able to provide exceptional outpatient care.
- Our patients have 10% fewer hospitalizations
- Our patients have 49% fewer emergency room visits
Comparison of Transplant Readiness Rates
In addition, as a result of the outstanding care we offer our patients, at HDT we are very successful at helping our patients seek and maintain transplant readiness.
- For our patients under the age of 70, 43% of those patients are currently on a transplant waiting list compared to only 25% nationally.
Dialysis Facility Compare, 5-Star Rating Debate
In theory, a rating system to compare dialysis providers in your local area, and across the United States, would be a valuable tool. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) have successfully implemented rating systems for hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, hospice and home health providers. CMS’s dialysis rating system does not take into account that home only dialysis programs have different quality measures than in-center hemodialysis providers. Unfortunately, the short comings of this 5-Star rating system for all dialysis providers was not addressed prior to the release of the program. Read more…