DaVita Statement on Advancing American Kidney Health

Trump directing government to shake up care for kidney disease

Surgeons work on a kidney during a 2016 transplant surgery at Med Star Georgetown University Hospital in Washington

The changes won't happen overnight because some initiatives will require new government regulations. He also said living donors could receive compensation from the government for lost wages and child care.

"Many, many people are dying while they wait", he said. "What they do is so incredible".

And because a severe organ shortage complicates the call for more transplants, the administration also aims to ease financial hardships for living donors and wants to help the groups that collect donations from the deceased do a better job.

For families like those of 1-year-old Hudson Nash, the lack of organs is frightening. Last year, there were 21,167 kidney transplants. For more information, please visit www.asn-online.org or contact the society at 202-640-4660. To implement parts of the order, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced Wednesday five proposed payment models meant to increase innovation in the delivery of kidney care. 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.

"Today we are taking ground-breaking action to bring more hope to millions of Americans suffering from kidney disease". DCI, founded in 1971, is the nation's largest non-profit dialysis provider addressing a person's kidney care needs from early detection, intervention, dialysis treatment, transplantation and end of life care. Only about one-third received specialized kidney care before they got so sick. Azar has also previously said the department was looking at ways to modernize payments for patients in the earlier stages of kidney disease.

By some estimates, 96% of people with kidney damage or mildly reduced kidney function don't know they have a problem, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For the Trump administration, kidney disease is personal. The company is the largest provider of kidney care services in the USA and has been a leader in clinical quality and innovation for 20 years. Of those, 6,442 were from living donors, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing, which oversees the nation's transplant system. DaVita and Fresenius Medical Care hold 75 percent of the dialysis market share. "These patients, their loved ones and for all those impacted by kidney disease, I am here to say we are fighting by your side and we are determined to get you the best treatment anywhere in the world".

One goal of the order is to double the number of available kidneys by 2030, Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar said in a briefing Wednesday.

Reducing the number of Americans developing kidney failure by 25% by 2030. Patients typically must spend hours three or four times a week hooked to machines that filter waste out of their blood. Almost 97,000 people are on the kidney transplant waiting list today, but in 2018 fewer than 22,000 kidney transplants were performed because there were not enough organs for all.

"I am not a Trump supporter at all, but this is one of the few things where I completely agree with him", said Holly Mattix, a nephrologist at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago and president of the National Kidney Foundation, in an interview on Tuesday before she flew to to Washington for Trump's announcement. The CKCC Models-Graduated, Professional, and Global-would utilize capitated payments similar to those used under the KCF Model, but the participating providers and facilities would be responsible for the total cost and quality of care for patients, and in exchange, could receive a portion of their Medicare savings.

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