Published: Fri, July 12, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Trump orders revamping of care for kidney disease

Trump orders revamping of care for kidney disease

Significant changes in how kidney disease is treated in the United States are outlined in an executive order expected to be signed Wednesday by President Donald Trump.

President Donald Trump signed an executive order underscoring these goals, and the USA health agency said it would test new payment structures, including one that rewards end-stage renal disease facilities and doctors who meet targets in these areas. 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. 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.

Since 1966, ASN has been leading the fight to prevent, treat, and cure kidney diseases throughout the world by educating health professionals and scientists, advancing research and innovation, communicating new knowledge, and advocating for the highest quality care for patients. According to data from CMS, around 88 percent of ESRD patients in 2016 started treatment with in-center dialysis.

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. A lot of people took to Twitter to inform Mr Trump that kidneys do not, in fact, have a place in the heart.

The President said it's just one part of his administration's push to create a health care system that puts patients first. Through this collaborative effort, we are optimistic that kidney patients will live longer, healthier lives - improving patient outcomes and generating substantial savings for the USA healthcare system. On Tuesday, the Trump administration was in a federal appeals court in New Orleans arguing the entire health law should be declared unconstitutional. Only about one-third received specialized kidney care before they got so sick.

The US Department of Health and Human Services said it would like to have 80% of new patients in 2025 either receiving dialysis at home or receiving a transplant.

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The Comprehensive Kidney Care Contracting Models will open up capitated payments for kidney care patients to providers who will have responsibility for the total cost and quality of care for patients and share in Medicare savings. Since 1973, all Americans with end-stage kidney disease have been entitled to coverage through Medicare.

Today, about 11% of patients in kidney failure get at-home dialysis and an additional 3 percent get an early transplant. The transplant recipient's insurance pays the donor's medical bills.

Organs. (a) Within 90 days of the date of this order, the Secretary shall propose a regulation to enhance the procurement and utilization of organs available through deceased donation by revising Organ Procurement Organization (OPO) rules and evaluation metrics to establish more transparent, reliable, and enforceable objective metrics for evaluating an OPO's performance.

"Some OPOs are very aggressive and move forward with getting organs allocated and donors consented, and there are those that are a little more lackadaisical about it", said Pittsburgh's Tevar.

Senior administration officials told The Associated Press that Mr. Trump is set to sign an executive order Wednesday calling for strategies that have the potential to save lives and millions of Medicare dollars.

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