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Community reacts to Trump’s plan to improve kidney care

July 12, 2019

Described by HHS Secretary Alex M. Azar II as possibly the most significant step for treating kidney disease since Congress approved legislation in 1973 to create the ESRD Program, President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order this week to launch Advancing American Kidney Health, a new initiative to increase earlier intervention in chronic kidney care, incentivize dialysis providers to direct more patients to treatments at home and increase the number of kidneys available for transplantation. Goals include reducing the number of Americans developing ESRD by 25% by 2030; having 80% of new patients with ESKD in 2025 either receiving dialysis at home or having a transplant; and doubling the number of kidneys available for transplant by 2030.

More than a dozen kidney organizations, dialysis providers and members of industry responded to the plan, indicating they supported changes that would improve the care of kidney patients.

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