Health care provider SSM Health has contracted with Strive Health to operate new chronic kidney disease clinics that use a value-based care model aimed at improving outcomes and quality of life for patients with CKD and ESKD, the company said in a press release.
SSM Health is a Catholic, not-for-profit health system with more than 40,000 employees that serve communities across the Midwest with 23 hospitals, more than 290 physician offices, home care and hospice services, a pharmacy benefit company, a health insurance company and an accountable care organization. The company will build the SSM Health Kidney Care centers and Strive Health will operate these as medical homes. The companies said in a joint press release they will also pursue the new CMS Comprehensive Kidney Care Contracting Model announced last fall for patients with kidney disease.
“SSM Health is committed to improving the lives of our patients and the health of our communities, especially those who are most vulnerable,” Carter Dredge, chief transformation officer of SSM Health, said. “By partnering with like-minded organizations, like Strive Health, we are able to rapidly transform care delivery to better meet the needs of those we serve.”
The new SSM Health Kidney Care centers will have care teams that include nephrologists, nurse practitioners, dietitians, pharmacists and social workers to develop integrated care plans and provide education to patients with diabetes and hypertension, the company said.
“Strive’s mission is to deliver expert and compassionate kidney care,” Chris Riopelle, CEO of Strive Health, said. “By combining Strive’s specialized kidney care model with SSM Health’s innovative mindset and broad community-based network of providers, we can develop a comprehensive and integrated delivery system that transforms the patient journey across the continuum of care.”
SSM Health Kidney Care will open its first centers in St. Louis later this spring and explore opportunities to expand to SSM Health’s other markets in Illinois, Wisconsin and Oklahoma during the next year, the company said.