The announcement comes as the Task Force prepares to focus on chronic kidney disease during National Kidney Month in March and the upcoming 45-day notice period for Medicare Advantage that could present changes to care coordination programs and services. The National Kidney Foundation joins more than 30 other MACC Task Force members committed to advancing best practices in care delivery for Medicare beneficiaries.
“The MACC Task Force will be a key partner in helping to drive awareness around chronic kidney disease,” said Tonya Saffer, Senior Health Policy Director at the National Kidney Foundation. “This is critical because chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a national healthcare priority. Over 26 million individuals live with CKD, yet only 10 percent are aware they have it. Effective care coordination at the earliest stages is vital to improving outcomes and lowering costs.”
For more than 65 years, the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) has been the leading organization in the U.S. dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease. Through its advocacy and education efforts, NKF has been improving early detection of CKD and is ensuring more kidney patients benefit from care coordination.
"As we hear from beneficiaries across the country, nothing is more important than the care coordination and clinical support they receive," AHIP President and CEO Marilyn Tavenner said. "Our continued work with The National Kidney Foundation will help ensure patients continue to benefit from high-quality care."
Through its Care Coordination Saves Lives campaign, MACC Task Force members are identifying and advancing proven care coordination policies and practices that can improve the health and lives of Medicare beneficiaries. The campaign brings together stakeholder groups from across the health sector including leading aging, caregiver, patient, provider, and minority health organizations to reach constituents across the health care environment. In recent months, the Task Force has focused on several chronic conditions as part of the ongoing campaign, which provides resources for beneficiaries, their family members, providers, and the broader policy community.
About the MACC Task Force: Despite the fact that two-thirds of Medicare beneficiaries have two or more chronic conditions, care for many of these individuals is fragmented. Beneficiaries often shuffle between numerous providers serving in multiple care settings, including doctors’ offices, the ER, and in-patient hospital facilities. Without sufficient coordination across these various points of care, the health issues these beneficiaries are already facing may be compounded. To address this important problem and critical need, AHIP’s Coalition for Medicare Choices (CMC) is collaborating with leading aging, caregiver, patient, provider, and minority health organizations on a unique venture called the Medicare Advantage Care Coordination (MACC) Task Force.
About Medicare Advantage: Medicare Advantage is the part of Medicare through which private health plans provide comprehensive medical coverage to people over 65 and persons with disabilities. In addition to the hospital and physician coverage that is included in traditional Medicare, Medicare Advantage plans also often include other benefits such as prescription drug, vision, hearing, dental, fitness, mental health, and management of chronic illness and disease. Nearly 17 million Americans, or roughly 30 percent of all Medicare beneficiaries, have chosen to enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan.