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How Proactive Kidney Care Reduces Hospitalizations and Improves Outcomes


Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) require complex, lifelong care and monitoring. Left unmanaged, complications can occur quickly and may include fluid retention, anemia, gout, heart disease, and other dangerous conditions. As many as 30% of ESRD dialysis patients are readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of discharge because they struggle to manage their health. Many of these patients experience a decreased quality of life and a spike in mortality. Complications, emergency room visits, and hospital readmissions also dramatically increase the cost to care for kidney disease. Medicare spends more than $10B a year on hospitalizations for dialysis-dependent patients, and that number continues to rise.

The good news is that we can change this trajectory. As many as 50% of readmissions among kidney disease patients were avoidable with appropriate care interventions. For nearly a decade, Healthmap Solutions has delivered a comprehensive, proactive kidney health management program that reduces readmissions, improves quality of life, and lowers costs.

Healthmap’s clinical experts leverage actionable, timely, and patient-specific insights to empower proactive care. Our Care Navigators work directly with patients to manage comorbidities, medications, nutrition, physician visits, and more. We work with patients and their family members to provide education on kidney disease management, establishing a supportive environment for holistic, ongoing care. A 2017 study found that strong family care partner engagement in a patient’s treatment cuts hospital readmissions by as much as 25%! Healthmap takes it even further, connecting patients to community-based services that help them overcome common barriers to care, such as transportation or language assistance. By facilitating proactive care, Healthmap reduces readmissions and excess costs.

To learn more about how Healthmap can deliver results for patients, contact us today.

1Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology
2Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology
3Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology
4Patient Engagement HIT