Coordination of care to slow kidney disease progression is likely to be cost effective because it prevents the need for dialysis. The results of the study will be presented at ASN Kidney Week 2016 November 15¬-20 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL.
Kidney failure, or end-stage renal disease (ESRD), accounts for 5.6% of total Medicare expenditures, though ESRD patients on dialysis make up only 1.6% of its beneficiaries. Multi-disciplinary care--or coordination of care among different clinicians and specialists--has been proposed as a way to benefit patients while reducing costs as they progress from chronic kidney disease (CKD) to ESRD.
To evaluate this approach, Eugene Lin, MD (Stanford University) and his colleagues developed a model related to the progression from CKD to ESRD that takes into account different patient characteristics.
"Our research suggests that strategies aimed at slowing the progression of kidney disease are likely to be cost effective because they prevent the need for dialysis, a very expensive therapy."