Chronic Kidney Disease Project Overview


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  Kidney disease is the ninth leading cause of death in the United States. Approximately 30 million people or 15% of American adults have chronic kidney disease, known as CKD. 96% of those with CKD are unaware that they have the condition. The TMF Campaign for Kidney Health strives to improve chronic kidney disease treatment through screening and education. Duration: 4:19


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Kidney disease is the ninth leading cause of death in the United States. Approximately 30 million people or 15% of American adults have chronic kidney disease, known as CKD. 96% of those with CKD are unaware that they have the condition.
Chronic kidney disease is a condition in which the kidneys are damaged, have reduced kidney function for a period of at least three months, or are otherwise not able to properly filter blood. Unfortunately, many people are asymptomatic and not aware that they have CKD until it progresses to the late stages of the disease, end-stage renal disease.
Five common risk factors for CKD are diabetes, hypertension, age of 60 or older, having a family history of CKD, or being a member of a minority ethnicity. Diabetes and hypertension lead to approximately 2/3 of CKD cases.
Two simple tests can detect CKD-- a urine test, known as the albumin creatinine ratio or a blood test, called the glomerular filtration rate or GFR. Timely screening improves early detection of CKD enabling better treatment and quality of life for patients.
The TMF Quality Innovation Network Quality improvement organization led by TMF Health Quality Institute is conducting a special project for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to promote the early diagnosis and treatment of CKD. The goal is to increase timely screening and appropriate treatment among primary care practices and to empower at-risk patients to seek CKD screening.
This project works with primary care physician practices in Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas, specifically practices in rural areas and medically underserved communities. Community stakeholders and at-risk patients also play a key active role in the project.
This CKD project includes two primary interventions enhancing physician office processes to increase CKD screening and provide appropriate treatment and expanding the scope of current diabetes self-management education support efforts, also known as DSMES, to increase patient understanding and engagement in CKD early detection and treatment.
TMF consultants provide individualized technical assistance to participating physicians and providers. TMF works with at-risk patients in DSMES programs to improve CKD screening. This project focuses on empowering at-risk patients by raising awareness of CKD and measuring the effect this promotion has on early diagnosis.
TMF consultants will also work with DSMES facilitators to augment their curriculum, to increase patient understanding and engagement in their CKD care. Primary care providers, stakeholders, educators, and patients are encouraged to participate in this CKD project.
So join our efforts to increase early diagnosis and treatment of CKD. Call 1-800-725-2633 extension 1686 or visit www.tmfqin.org for more information.
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