Legislative Agenda

Improving Quality of Care Through Research and Innovation

Improving the understanding of chronic kidney disease through expanded research will lead to a more effective and efficient care environment. We support policies that would require the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to conduct a study on disincentives and barriers present in the Medicare system and to determine best practices to increase the rate of living and deceased organ donations. Similarly, we support efforts to require the National Academy of Sciences to evaluate the ESRD payment system to identify barriers to adopting innovative kidney treatments and therapies, and to recommend practices to eliminate these barriers.

Together, these reports and studies will reduce the inefficiencies present in the kidney care payment and innovation landscapes, resulting in lower costs, better care and stimulate or incentivize new innovations and therapies.

A report from the Government Accountability Office on the use and impact of palliative care on ESRD patients and a study from HHS to better understand the progression of kidney disease and the treatment of kidney failure among minority populations will facilitate the spread of high-quality care across the country by identifying existing shortcomings in the kidney care landscape.