Kidney Care Quality Alliance to continue developing dialysis facility performance metrics
Initially launched in 2005, Kidney Care Partners is set to re-launch its Kidney Care Quality Alliance through which the organization will continue developing quality measures to improve care for patients receiving dialysis.
According to a press release, the National Quality Forum endorsed seven performance measures developed throughout previous cycles of the Kidney Care Quality Alliance (KCQA), including those addressing vascular access, immunization, patient education, fluid management and medication management.
With the re-launch, the KCQA — which is co-chaired by George Aronoff, MD, vice president of clinical affairs for DaVita Kidney Care, and Keith Bellovich, DO, president-elect of the Renal Physicians Association — will focus primarily on home dialysis and transplant, while also addressing anemia, bone mineral metabolism and infection control.
“As care for individuals living with kidney disease continues to improve and evolve, the need for meaningful measures to evaluate the quality and efficacy of that care becomes acute,” Aronoff said in the release. “I’m excited by the challenge of developing such measures and know this group of talented and dedicated renal professionals is up to the task as well.”
Bellovich also commented on the goals of the KCQA, highlighting the potential of efficient quality measures which he said can “dramatically improve kidney care and even save lives.”
Among others in the national kidney care community, the steering committee for KCQA includes members from Akebia Therapeutics, the American Kidney Fund, the American Nephrology Nurses Association, the American Society of Nephrology, Satellite Healthcare and U.S. Renal Care.
I know this talented group of experts shares our goals of improving quality of care, informed patient choice, and improved access to home dialysis and transplant for individuals living with kidney diseases,” John P. Butler, chair of Kidney Care Partners (KCP), said in the release.
KCP anticipates the measures will be submitted to National Quality Forum for endorsement by 2022.