Lexington Clinic to end dialysis treatment

Changes in government reimbursement for dialysis are forcing 40 kidney patients at the Lexington Clinic to seek treatment elsewhere.

The service will end Oct. 1.

Amy Lain, a spokeswoman for the clinic, said that because of recent changes in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, it is not cost-effective to offer the service to a relatively small number of patients. Because dialysis patients are in end-stage renal failure, they are considered disabled. Because of that, all dialysis patients ultimately receive Medicare, she said.

Lexington clinic staff will refer patients to other area clinics. The clinic will continue to offer its other services, she said.