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Kidney Community Gathers on Capitol Hill to Ask Congress to Support Legislation for Increased Kidney Care Education, Updates for Kidney Dialysis Benefit
Date:4/7/2008

ase among minority populations is at an all time high and reaching levels that indicate a looming public health crisis for this community," said Dr. Ed Jones, Chairman of Kidney Care Partners. "Kidney failure is a life-threatening illness that, in most cases, can be prevented through education and early detection. The Kidney Care Quality and Education Act is a positive first step toward slowing the progression of this leading health dilemma, but ultimately Congress must work with our community to find lasting solutions for reforming the current Medicare system to ensure quality kidney care for all Americans."

The Kidney Care Quality and Education Act (S. 691 and H.R. 1193), introduced in Congress last year, would establish programs to educate patients about kidney disease risk factors, and teach them how to better manage their condition to help delay the onset of kidney failure. Such programs can help stem the rising tide of kidney disease in the United States, as well as ensure that kidney dialysis patients have continued access to quality care.

"The Kidney Care Quality and Education Act goes a long way to improve how we manage kidney disease. Educating patients to better manage their kidney disease makes good health sense and good financial sense," Senator Conrad said. "For people who do need dialysis, the Kidney Care Quality and Education Act ensures they will have access to the best quality care we can provide."

In addition to raising awareness about the dangers of kidney disease, the kidney care community is asking Congress to reform the Medicare ESRD benefit to reflect the needs of kidney disease patients and make quality healthcare available to all beneficiaries. Reforming the system includes providing an annual update for the Medicare ESRD program; allowing patients to have greater personal choice by extending Medicare as a Secondary Payer; and implementing a quality initiative program that would establish incentives that reward qu
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