$17.6M project to look at US dialysis facilities

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan has received a 5-year, $17.6 million federal contract to develop new measures to evaluate U.S. dialysis facilities.

The funding announced Thursday by the Ann Arbor school is for its Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center. The work is funded by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and it is part of an effort to improve health care and reduce costs.

Yi Li is director of the Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center, professor of biostatistics and principal investigator of the contract. The center plans to study and analyze data from more than 6,000 dialysis facilities to help improve clinical practice and patient outcomes.

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http://www.sph.umich.edu/kecc

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