Explanation: "This shows the percentage of people with a hemoglobin less than 10.0 g/dL."

Why is this important?: "Most patients with kidney failure have anemia (a low red blood cell count). If you have anemia, you may feel tired or weak. It is important for the facility staff to keep your anemia under control so you feel better.

A hemoglobin is a blood test that measures anemia. If you are on a drug for anemia like Epogen®, the dialysis facility staff should keep your hemoglobin between 10.0 g/dL and 12.0 g/dL."

 

Taken from the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services: Dialysis Facility Information for Consumers

http://www.medicare.gov/Dialysis/include/DataSection/Quality/CompareMeasures.asp?dest=NAV/Results/QualityMeasures/CompareMeasure