‘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.

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