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Innovate Kidney Care Campaign Launched to Expand Access to Home Dialysis

Leading Healthcare Organizations join forces to empower patients with the

option of a home-first approach

San Jose, CA – June 29, 2021 – Today, nine leading healthcare organizations

launched Innovate Kidney Care, a new campaign to improve patient options for

receiving home dialysis training and support. Founding members include the American

Society of Nephrology (ASN), Anthem, Inc., Cricket Health, CVS Kidney Care, Home

Dialyzors United (HDU), Intermountain Healthcare, the National Kidney Foundation

(NKF), Outset Medical, Inc. and Strive Health.

Traditional in-clinic dialysis imposes substantial burdens on patients with kidney failure

and can be both physically and emotionally demanding for them and their care

partners. Safe and effective options exist for patients facing kidney failure to self-dialyze

at home, and these tools offer numerous benefits compared to in-clinic dialysis.

However, these home options are underutilized in the United States for a variety of

reasons, some of which are due to regulations developed decades ago before home

dialysis was a widely available option. For example, the existing Conditions for

Coverage apply a one-size-fits-all set of requirements whether dialysis takes place in a

clinic or at home. Navigating these requirements can be complex for providers and

hinder organizations from offering self-dialysis options, leaving large patient populations

without access to these benefits.

Innovate Kidney Care’s diverse group of industry organizations aims to advocate for the

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to modernize the End-Stage Renal

Disease (ESRD) Conditions for Coverage and related guidance in order to achieve the

quadruple aim of better patient outcomes, improved patient experience, improved

health care practitioner experience and lower costs of care.

● Remove barriers to home dialysis training and support so more patients can

benefit from the flexibility and personalization of treatment that home dialysis

can provide.

● Differentiate regulations to expand home dialysis training and support, and

improve patients’ transitions of care.

● Alleviate clinician burden of administrative tasks so they can focus on patient

outcomes, empowerment, and safety.

● Allow for home dialysis training and support to be delivered in a variety of

healthcare settings.

“The dialysis industry has long been stagnant when it comes to delivering innovation to

patients,” said Tonya Saffer, spokesperson for Innovate Kidney Care. “We now have

new, patient-centered dialysis technologies, and healthcare providers who want to

innovate care delivery, in order to enable more options for where and how self-dialysis

can be trained and supported. We can accelerate home adoption by clarifying guidance

and updating outdated regulatory restrictions for both patients and providers. Innovate

Kidney Care’s goal is to advocate for modernizing the Conditions for Coverage,

empowering patients – regardless of race, ethnicity, or income – to have a choice in

adopting home dialysis and reaping the benefits of having more time for living versus


To learn more about Innovate Kidney Care, visit Follow us on

Twitter @InnovateKidney.

Media Contact

Nadia Conard


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