Case Studies

Managing Full Risk for ESRD Patients:

What We Learned in Managing a Medicare Advantage C-SNP

DaVita® Integrated Kidney Care (IKC), in collaboration with a health plan partner, developed the first of our Medicare Advantage ESRD Chronic Special Needs Plans (C-SNPs) in Southern California. Under this arrangement, we have full financial risk for a population of ESRD patients receiving dialysis in San Bernardino and Riverside, California. This program started as a Medicare demonstration project in 2006 before transitioning to an ESRD C-SNP in 2011. Following 10 years of investment and program evolution, we have achieved success with a nearly $8,000 per-member per-year savings, an average hospitalization rate 22 percent lower than the national average, and a top-three patient satisfaction rating across all California C-SNP plans since 2013.

          SNP Case Study

How Highmark Is Achieving the Triple Aim for ESRD Patients

Highmark, a large Blue Cross Blue Shield-affiliated company headquartered in Pittsburgh, recognized that achieving the Triple Aim for their renal patients, one of their most medically complex outlier populations, would be nearly impossible with a traditional care management approach. In partnership with DaVita IKC, Highmark has improved ESRD patient quality of care, enhanced patient quality of life, and achieved 19 percent addressable cost savings.

         Highmark Case Study


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