These government initiatives are expected to support DaVita's investments to further kidney disease prevention, encourage home kidney care and improve kidney transplantation rates. AKF has screened more than 150,000 people for kidney disease, and we welcome the Administration's partnership in identifying chronic kidney disease early in primary care settings. The company created Transplant Smart to help empower patients and keep them organized along the kidney transplant journey. Together, we brought the first value-based program, the ESRD Quality Incentive Program, to Medicare.
As part of the executive order, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation will release aproposed required payment model and four optional payment models created to incentivize preventative kidney care, home dialysis, and kidney transplants. The program paid more than $62,000 for each end-stage renal care patient in 2013. DCI clinics offer in-center hemodialysis, home hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis and support to hospital programs around the U.S. DCI founded REACH Kidney Care to provide strategies to manage chronic kidney disease to help delay the progression of kidney disease and provide education and care coordination to those transitioning into kidney failure. KCP's recommendations include incentivizing transplant through performance measurement and standardizing criteria for waitlist placement to eliminate the selection bias for only those patients most likely to have a successful outcome.
Kidney disease is the ninth-leading cause of death in America, costing USA taxpayers $110 billion every year - more than the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Homeland Security and Nasa combined.
USA health officials declined to provide details on anticipated cost savings from the new treatment goals.
"That would be up to 28,000 American lives saved every year, and that numberr could be quite a bit higher if it works the way we anticipate it work", Trump said.
KCP looks forward to working with the Administration to address the ongoing social and economic barriers to patients choosing home dialysis, as well.
The order will attempt to speed up the time it takes to match patients and donors for kidney transplants. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Wednesday that transplants are the "end game" for kidney patients, noting that half of patients on dialysis die within five years.
Sec. 6. Encouraging the Development of an Artificial Kidney. Currently, Medicare spends $35 billion on kidney failure and $114 billion annually on all kidney diseases-not including VA, Indian Health Services, and private insurers. Once the research has produced a promising new therapy, there must be a stable reimbursement pathway to make sure that patients can access these innovations.
Healthcare has been a key issue for Trump, who tried and failed to replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, but has rolled back key provisions, such as the penalty for not having health insurance.
Today's executive order comes as Congress discusses new legislation that will also improve kidney care.
Because a severe organ shortage complicates the call for more transplants, the administration will try to ease the financial hardships for living donors by reimbursing them for expenses such as lost wages and child care, the Republican president said.