Nation's Largest Kidney Coalition to Host Webinar to Discuss the Release of the Comprehensive 'Strategic Blueprint' for Improving Kidney Care Quality



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TO HEALTH, AND NATIONAL EDITORS:

Nation's Largest Kidney Coalition to Host Webinar to Discuss the

Release of the Comprehensive 'Strategic Blueprint' for Improving

Kidney Care Quality

RSVP: Kristen Burke, kburke@schmidtpa.com, 703-548-0019

WASHINGTON, March 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Thursday,

March 13 at 1 p.m. ET, Kidney Care Partners (KCP) will host a Webinar

to discuss the release of the Strategic Blueprint for Advancing Kidney

Care Quality. The strategic blueprint was the result of a

community-wide initiative launched at a national KCP-sponsored quality

summit in March 2013, 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 Quality 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, Chairman of KCP and a practicing nephrologist.

"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."

Gail S. Wick, Chair-Elect of the American Kidney Fund, Dr. Allen

Nissenson, KCP Blueprint Steering Committee member and Chief Medical

Officer at DaVita, and Dr. Jones will describe the strategic blueprint

and the impact it could have on improving kidney care in America.

SPEAKERS: Gail S. Wick, Chair-Elect, American Kidney Fund Dr. Allen

Nissenson, Chief Medical Officer, DaVita Dr. Edward Jones, Chairman,

Kidney Care Partners

WHEN: Thursday, March 13, 2014 1 - 1:30 p.m. ET

WHERE: www.kidneycarepartners.com/webex Audio: 1-415-655-0001

(meeting number: 198 343 923)

SOURCE Kidney Care Partners

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