The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) does not believe the Senate Finance Committee’s Bipartisan Chronic Care Working Group (CCWG) recommendations go far enough to address the growing numbers and needs of Americans with chronic kidney disease.
On January 29th, NKF released comments on the CCWG’s policy options document. The working group, chaired by Senator Isakson (GA) and Senator Warner (VA), made numerous proposals to improve the care of Medicare beneficiaries with chronic conditions and to lower healthcare costs.
While NKF is pleased with proposals to improve the care of individuals with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) who are on dialysis, NKF also urged the CCWG to target Medicare payment reforms that will encourage better care for individuals with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Only by diagnosing and managing CKD early can we save lives, improve outcomes for kidney patients and reduce healthcare spending.
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