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Address the Costly Impact of Kidney Patients in Your Hospital


Patients with kidney disease makeup only 1.5% of the Medicare population, but account for 10% of all Medicare costs — approximately $30 billion annually.1

Forty percent of patients with end stage renal disease (ESRD) “crash” into dialysis with acute renal failure by way of the ER, often with multiple co-morbidities. Once discharged, they are 1.4 times more likely to be readmitted in the first 30 days than non-ESRD patients, making this patient population one of the most expensive in healthcare today.3

Learn more about the complex care of kidney patients as well as steps you can take to address the impact they have in your hospital.

1United States Renal Data Service (comprehensive clinical and financial dataset reported to CMS). Includes ~375,000 ESRD and ~300,000 Stage 4 CKD patients. 2MarketScan data, from 2010 USRDS ADR, Volume 1, Page 137. MarketScan is a commercial claims dataset comprised of 10.5 million covered lives that USRDS uses as a benchmark for CKD utilization. 3New England Journal of Medicine, “Rehospitalizations among Patients in the Medicare Fee-for-Service Program,” 360:1418-28, NEJM.ORG, April 2, 2009. Stephen F. Jencks, M.D., M.P.H., Mark V. Williams, M.D., and Eric A. Coleman, M.D., M.P.H.

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