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AHIP Joins Kidney Care Campaign To Support Access To Home Dialysis

posted by James Swann

on December 17, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – (December 17, 2021) – Kidney failure affects more than 500,000 Medicare enrollees, with more than 150,000 receiving coverage through a Medicare Advantage program. These patients deserve high-quality and convenient care that empowers them to enjoy their best life outside of a health care setting. That is why AHIP has joined Innovate Kidney Care (IKC) as a supporting member. IKC is an advocacy campaign to improve patient options for home dialysis training and support.

“For many patients with end-stage renal disease, home dialysis can be a convenient, effective, affordable way for them to receive their life-sustaining treatments,” said Matt Eyles, president and CEO of AHIP. “Health insurance providers strongly support home dialysis as an important choice for patients for whom it is appropriate. Through COVID-19, we have seen that home-based care choices are more important than ever to ensure that patients get the care they need and deserve in a comfortable, safe setting.” 

The pathway to choosing where and how to access dialysis can sometimes be difficult for patients and their loved ones. Not all patients have access to the same choices for their dialysis care. Self-dialysis, including peritoneal dialysis and home hemodialysis, is a safe and effective treatment option for patients facing permanent kidney failure – also known as End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) or End-Stage Kidney Disease (ESKD) – while they wait for a kidney transplant, or if they are ineligible for a transplant.

Home dialysis offers logistic, economic, and quality of life benefits for patients experiencing kidney failure. However, despite these advantages, it is widely underused in the United States, particularly among people who are lower-income, Black or Hispanic. AHIP continues to advocate for regulatory modernization in Medicare Advantage to increase access to home dialysis care.

IKC’s diverse group of organizations works together to advocate for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to modernize the ESRD Conditions for Coverage and related guidance for better patient outcomes, improved patient experiences, improved clinician experiences, and lower costs of care.

“Innovate Kidney Care is dedicated to accelerating patients’ access to home dialysis,” said Tonya Saffer, spokesperson for Innovate Kidney Care. “With AHIP adding its support, we can increase momentum and support for our efforts to modernize the Medicare End-Stage Renal Disease Conditions for Coverage and empower patient choice in the management of their care, regardless of race, ethnicity, or income.”

Learn more about Innovate Kidney Care at https://www.innovatekidneycare.com/.

About AHIP

AHIP is the national association whose members provide health care coverage, services, and solutions to hundreds of millions of Americans every day. We are committed to market-based solutions and public-private partnerships that make health care better and coverage more affordable and accessible for everyone. Visit www.ahip.org to learn how working together, we are Guiding Greater Health.