Advocacy group Kidney Care Partners has released a new plan outlining its vision for the future of kidney care in the United States.
The organization said Kidney Care First: A Framework for Improving Renal Disease Support & Treatment is a blueprint for care that addresses the kidney disease cycle — from prevention to transplant.
Allen R. Nissenson
“The kidney care community has a long history of challenging ourselves to do better, and this roadmap is evidence that we won’t rest as long as kidney disease and failure continue to grow – and burden the lives of Americans, as well as the nation’s health care infrastructure,” Allen R. Nissenson, MD, chair of Kidney Care Partners (KCP) said in a press release. “We’re confident that the goals laid out in Kidney Care First – after more than a year of development by leading stakeholders in the kidney community – will help empower patients, improve care quality, delay or prevent disease, and strengthen the existing care network that so many Americans depend upon.”
KCP said Kidney Care First is organized around five “pillars” — awareness/prevention, patient empowerment, quality/access to quality care, innovation and research — and presents multiple “policy avenues” which are specific policy changes or initiatives within each, KCP said.
“A central element of this roadmap is understanding that truly addressing the kidney care epidemic means more than focusing strictly on disease progression and kidney failure,” Nissenson said. “Making a difference requires us to see all angles – especially patient empowerment, education and prevention, and innovations so that we can slow the tide of those who might one day progress to the final stages.”
KCP, formed 15 years ago, is a group of 34 organizations that representing researchers, clinicians, providers, patient advocates and manufacturers.
“We look forward to challenging ourselves even further and working collaboratively with our nation’s policymakers and stakeholders on Kidney Care First’s recommendations that can be addressed in legislative and regulatory environments, and community engagement opportunities,” Nissenson said.
Disclosure: Nissenson is the chief medical officer for DaVita Kidney Care in Denver.