Trump Signs Executive Order to Transform Kidney Care

Trump is traveling to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda Maryland to visit First Lady Melania Trump who just had surgery for what aides called a

Trump is traveling to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda Maryland to visit First Lady Melania Trump who just had surgery for what aides called a"benign kid

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday revamping care for kidney disease so more people whose kidneys fail can have a chance at early transplants and home dialysis, and others don't get that sick in the first place.

"People who have kidney disease don't get diagnosed and treated fast enough because if we can get to people who are suffering from kidney disease early enough, we can slow down that disease progression and we can get them in the pipeline to get a transplant rather than going on dialysis", he added.

These government initiatives are expected to support DaVita's investments to further kidney disease prevention, encourage home kidney care and improve kidney transplantation rates.

The president, backed by other administration officials and people who are living with kidney disease, also brought up other health care initiatives his administration has undertaken, like trying to lower prescription drug costs and making hospital billing more transparent. (Nasdaq:CDNA), a leading molecular diagnostics company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of clinically differentiated, high-value diagnostic solutions for transplant patients, applauds the White House and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar on their recent policy announcement aimed at improving the lives of the more than 726,000 Americans with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and removing disincentives for transplantation. Within 90 days of the date of this order, the Secretary shall propose a regulation to remove financial barriers to living organ donation. CMS is now testing out a payment model to hold providers accountable for clinical outcomes in return for a portion of savings achieved through the program - roughly $2,000 per kidney patient in 2015.

"What President Trump is committed to doing is delivering the affordability that people need, the control that people want, and the quality they deserve in health care", he said. Of those, 6,442 were from living donors, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing, which oversees the nation's transplant system. "The longer you're on dialysis, the outcomes are worse, " said Dr. Amit Tevar, a transplant surgeon at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, who praised the Trump administration initiatives being announced Wednesday.

DaVita is passionate about helping as many patients as possible qualify for a kidney transplant. "Under the president's leadership, we're working to flip that around". The model should adjust payments based on the percentage of a participating provider's attributed patients who either are on home dialysis or have received a kidney transplant and should include a learning system to help participants improve performance.

Home options include portable blood-cleansing machines, or what's called peritoneal dialysis that works through an abdominal tube, usually while patients are sleeping. The kidney care community welcomes the increased spotlight on promoting innovations in kidney care and improving patient outcomes, which provides a unique opportunity for partners in the public and private sectors to collaborate. The transplant recipient's insurance pays the donor's medical bills. But they are out of work for weeks recuperating and one study found more than a third of living kidney donors reported lost wages, a median of $2,712, in the year following donation. Clearer ways to measure how well the nation's 58 organ procurement organizations collect donations from deceased donors. Some do a better job than others, but today's performance standards are self-reported, varying around the country and making it hard for government regulators or the OPOs themselves to take steps to improve.

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