Racial Disparities And Renal Dialysis: Aligning Payment Systems With Health Equity


The Covid-19 pandemic and a summer of focus on racial justice has finally begun to intensify government interest in reducing racial disparities in healthcare. Understanding that healthcare providers and systems tend to respond to the economic incentives that are presented to them, current government decisions on payment options around renal dialysis present an important test case for the Trump Administration. Dialysis Care is Evolving In the summer of 2019, the Administration made clear its intention to deliver “bold change” and disrupt the current kidney care paradigm in the United States by signing the Advancing American Kidney Health executive order. This initiative seeks to improve the prevention of and treatment options for kidney disease, which is particularly relevant given over 35 million American adults are estimated to have some form of impairment to kidney ...read more...