The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is pleased to be a committed partner of the Healthcare Payment and Learning Action Network (HCPLAN). Approximately, 26 million Americans have Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), but most – 90% – don’t know they have it. CKD is the 9th leading cause of death in the United States and increases the risk for heart attack, stroke, and progression to permanent kidney failure known as ESRD. The U.S. Government spends nearly $100 billion on the care of individuals with CKD.
NKF is committed to fostering patient-centered care for individuals with CKD by transforming healthcare delivery to align with earlier identification and treatment, affording patients the opportunity to engage in self-management and shared decision making. NKF is accomplishing this through its CKDintercept initiative, which works with primary care practitioners, healthcare payers and patients to provide the knowledge and tools to alter CKD outcomes, improve patients’ quality of life and have an impact on CKD healthcare spending nationwide. To support this initiative, NKF is working to develop recommendations for a Patient-Focused Kidney Care payment model that will align payment with delivering earlier, better, CKD care. NKF is leveraging the work and tools of the HCPLAN as it builds this payment model.