Regulatory Policy

Promote High-Quality Care and Empower Patient-Centered Decision-Making

KCP is also committed to maintaining the value-based purchasing system within the Medicare ESRD program, now known as the Quality Incentive Program (QIP). To learn more about QIP, click here.

We believe that quality metrics need to be meaningful to patients – measures that actually matter. To promote this fundamental principle, we established the Kidney Care Quality Alliance to include representatives from all members of the kidney care community in the process of measure development. Our members also actively participate with the National Quality Forum, which the Congress has as the “gold standard” for measure development. We believe it is critically important that quality measures accurately represent the quality being provided and continue to express our strong belief that measures that the NQF has rejected as not meeting the scientific criteria for measure development.

To further increase the quality of care that is covered by public and private payors, KCP supports efforts to improve patient outcomes and reduce Medicare spending by incentivizing coordinated care. Working together, dialysis facilities, nephrologists, and other health care professionals could significantly reduce the leading causes of hospitalizations, such as fluid overload and dialysis bloodstream access-related infections. These efforts need to be designed appropriately and supported by sufficient resources.

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