‘Advancing American Kidney Health’ Initiative Aims to Transform Care Delivery for Americans with Kidney Disease

On July 10, 2019, President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order to launch Advancing American Kidney Health, a new initiative designed to improve the lives of Americans with kidney disease by expanding treatment options and reducing health care costs. The initiative proposes various changes, including revising rules to ensure kidneys reach patients quicker, moving more patients into home dialysis, encouraging development of artificial kidneys, increasing the number of kidneys available for transplantation, and changing reimbursement for kidney disease treatment.

As directed by the Executive Order, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced  that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), through its Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), released a proposed required payment model and four optional payment models to adjust payment incentives to encourage preventative kidney care, home dialysis, and kidney transplants. The Department’s Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) also released a paper entitled Advancing American Kidney Health.

"The Advancing American Kidney Health initiative provides an opportunity for nephrology nurses and the American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA) to be strategic and forward thinking about what we have to offer as a profession," said ANNA President Tamara Kear, PhD, RN, CNS, CNN. "Successful implementation of the initiative will require the active involvement of nephrology nurses who possess the necessary education, training, and clinical skills to provide the most effective care to patients with kidney disease in all settings. Nephrology nurses must not only be at the table as the American Kidney Health initiative is implemented, we must have a leading role as full partners with the HHS and CMS, industry leaders, practitioners, and patient organizations as the initiative moves forward."

ANNA and our colleagues in the kidney care community will continue to work together to share updated information and resources with our members during this entire process.

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