Successfully Manage Renal Risk

For health systems moving to value-based reimbursement, managing risk is all about managing outlier populations—such as renal patients. While small in number—only 0.2 percent of the U.S. population and 1 percent of Medicare beneficiaries—renal patients consistently fall into the top five percent of the most medically complex and costly patient populations. Health plans and health systems taking risk on renal patients consistently lose money on the renal patient population. This is largely due to the volatility of the population and the need for extraordinary scale, routine access to patients, deep nephrologist relationships and extensive renal care management capabilities.

While savvy health systems are now carving ESRD patients out of their commercial and Medicare Advantage risk pools, those who retain renal risk or have large Medicare shared savings programs are partnering with VillageHealth DM, LLC (d/b/a DaVita Integrated Kidney Care), to help manage care for their renal population.

DaVita® Integrated Kidney Care (IKC), a subsidiary of DaVita, has a distinct advantage in managing risk for renal patients because we know kidney care and have been taking full quality and cost of care risk on the renal population for the last decade. In addition, we have consistent access to patients who dialyze for 12 to 15 hours a week in DaVita’s nearly 2,500 dialysis clinics, which serve as patient-centered medical homes.

Improve Patient Quality of Life While Reducing Costs

DaVita IKC's Renal Population Health Management Program can help integrate and manage care:

  • Before and during the transition to dialysis for patients with late-stage chronic kidney disease (CKD), and
  • Inside and outside the clinic for patients with end stage renal disease (ESRD), who depend on life-sustaining dialysis.

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Patients in our Renal Population Health Management program can lead better, healthier lives, and our partners are achieving savings from the reduction in total cost of care.  

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Since 1996, we’ve created a legacy of innovation and clinical excellence as the country’s largest renal National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)-accredited provider to health systems. We partner with leading health systems that share our vision of providing integrated care to renal patients. Our partnership models include traditional fee-for-service care management, shared savings and fully delegated risk arrangements. Our partnership begins with a comprehensive diagnostic analysis of your renal population and a plan for implementation, which typically takes less than 90 days to complete.

Learn How VillageHealth Can Assist You

Click here  to learn more about our Renal Population Health Management program.

To discuss how DaVita IKC can assist your organization in understanding and managing your renal population, email


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