'First-of-Its-Kind' Report Could 'Change the Quality Paradigm' for U.S. Renal Care

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 4, 2014 at 8:41 a.m.



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Kidney Care Partners Releases Comprehensive 'Strategic Blueprint' for

Improving Quality

WASHINGTON, March 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Kidney Care

Partners (KCP), a broad-based coalition of patient advocates, dialysis

professionals, care providers, researchers and manufacturers, today

released a comprehensive, first-of-its-kind report designed to

accelerate improvement in the quality of kidney care in the United

States.

The blueprint initiative, launched at a national KCP-sponsored quality

summit in March 2013, culminated in A Strategic Blueprint for

Advancing Kidney Care Quality, supported by 33 organizational leaders

in kidney care. The document identifies four key patient-centric

goals:

-- Improved patient survival;

-- Reduced hospitalizations;

-- Improved health-related quality of life; and,

-- Improved patient experience with care.

The Blueprint also recommends focusing on 32 "strategic opportunities"

to achieve these goals.

"Chronic kidney disease (CKD) and end-stage renal disease (ESRD or

kidney failure) have reached epidemic levels due to the rising

incidence of diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity," said Dr.

Edward Jones, a practicing nephrologist and chair of Kidney Care

Partners. "As the incidence of these conditions increases, so too

does the incidence of kidney failure. The Blueprint becomes very

important as we prepare to care for a larger patient population, one

that is more complex than ever before."

While there has been measurable quality improvement in several key

areas, KCP set out to develop a Blueprint that would rapidly

accelerate quality strides. KCP members hope that the Blueprint will

stimulate a broad and meaningful discussion about the most important

drivers of quality.

"Medicare's ESRD Quality Incentive Program (QIP) has created a

foundation for quality improvements through the development of a core

set of quality metrics," said Dr. Jones. "But we must look beyond the

QIP and its measures to drive systematic and rapid improvement. We

must ask ourselves 'What are the right quality metrics?' We must

identify the most effective clinical practices that lead to positive

outcomes. We must invest in research, foster system innovation, and

ensure that federal policy help drive quality to the next level."

"We are both excited and confident that the KCP Blueprint creates a

different quality paradigm," concluded Dr. Jones. "This Blueprint is

a multi-stakeholder, consensus document that provides a near-term

roadmap on key actions that, if undertaken through collaboration and

partnership, can significantly improve kidney care quality."

SOURCE Kidney Care Partners

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