Dialyze Direct has entered into a national cooperation agreement with HCR ManorCare to provide staff-assisted in-home hemodialysis services at HCR ManorCare’s ManorCare Health Services skilled nursing facilities across multiple states.

At each nursing home, Dialyze Direct will allow patients with end-stage renal disease to receive patient-centric dialysis treatments without leaving the facility. Dialyze Direct’s teams will work with ManorCare’s skilled nursing and rehab care staff.

“Our world renowned nephrology leadership team deploys the most advanced home dialysis technology to provide treatment that addresses the specific needs of elderly patients, SNFs, hospitals and payers,” said Josh Rothenberg, COO of Dialyze Direct. “Dialyze Direct’s patient-centric model of care focuses on significantly improving complex comorbidities, and provides the best chance to reduce rehospitalizations.”

Rather than have SNF patients leave the facility, ManorCare patients in the Dialyze Direct model can receive in-home care at their skilled nursing facility for approximately two-and-a-half hours. Recovery time for Dialyze Direct’s in-home dialysis treatment is typically around 30 to 60 minutes, versus eight to nine hours for traditional dialysis, which can escalate to an average of 21 hours for elderly patients[1], the company said.

“For end-stage renal disease patients, dialysis is a life-saving, yet incredibly taxing, medical treatment,” said Rami Ubaydi, vice president and general manager for HCR ManorCare.. “With Dialyze Direct’s in-home hemodialysis services, we are looking to change that for residents in our skilled nursing facilities. By eliminating the travel time, logistics and cost associated with transporting patients to outpatient facilities, while simultaneously improving the quality of dialysis care provided to our patients, our skilled nursing staff will be able to focus on providing quality care and allow our patients to continue their normal social and medical activities.”