The dialysis facilities in Glendale and Peoria have some room for improvement, according to a ranking released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services earlier this month.
“Star ratings are simple to understand and are an excellent resource for patients, their families, and caregivers to use when talking to doctors about health care choices,” said CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner in a Jan. 22 news release.
Glendale has one of the lowest ranked facilities in the Valley, according to the new rankings.
Glendale Family Health Center – Dialysis at 5141 W. Lamar Road received one out of five stars. Only three other dialysis facilities in Maricopa County received that lowest possible rating.
“A 1- or 2-star rating does not mean care is poor: it means that measured outcomes were below average compared to other facilities,” says the CMS website that allows users to search for the rankings of facilities by ZIP code, city, state and name.
Thunderbird Dialysis at 5750 W. Thunderbird Road and Arrowhead Dialysis at 16844 N. 59th Ave. each received two stars.
The study considered several factors, such as whether each facility has shifts starting after 5 p.m., offers in-center hemodialysis and periodontal dialysis, provides home hemodialysis training, as well as the number of stations it makes available.
Dialysis Center of Glendale at 5957 W. Northern Ave. and Brookwood Dialysis Clinic at 8910 N. 43rd Ave. received three out of five stars.
“CMS has taken another step in its continuous commitment to improve quality measures and transparency,” Tavenner added.
The highest-ranked dialysis facility in Glendale is Southwest Kidney Dialysis - Arrowhead Lakes at 20325 N. 51st Ave., which received four out of five stars.
The only five-star facilities in the Valley are located in Laveen and Scottsdale.
Peoria has two dialysis facilities, compared to six in Glendale.
Phoenix Artificial Kidney Center at 13090 N. 94th Drive received three stars.
Sweetwater Ridge Dialysis at 7362 W. Thunderbird Road did not receive a rating because there was “not enough quality measure data to calculate a star rating,” according to the CMS website.
Users can access that CMS website at www.medicare.gov/dialysisfacilitycompare.