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HHS Sec. Azar: Trump Order Advances Kidney Disease Care

By    |   Wednesday, 10 July 2019 12:47 PM

President Donald Trump's executive order on kidney disease care will change Medicare payment models so that people diagnosed with illnesses can get treatment sooner and slow disease progression, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Wednesday. 

"Thirty-seven million Americans suffer from kidney disease, and others with adrenal disease," Azar told Fox News' "America's Newsroom."

"Just in Medicare alone, one in $5 is spent on complications from kidney disease, yet in 50 years, nobody has really done anything to change how we care for people suffering from chronic kidney disease. That changes today thanks to President Trump's leadership."

Under the executive order, Medicare must change payment models so that they will incentivize doctors at dialysis centers to get people diagnosed with kidney disease sooner, explained Azar. 

Payments also will be changed to encourage home-based dialysis, he said. 

"In Guatemala, 56% of people (with kidney disease) get home dialysis; in Hong Kong, 85%," said Azar. 

The measure also will  "double the number of transplants available so that people can get the ultimate goal of any kidney patient, which is a new kidney," said Azar. 

Meanwhile, reports that a federal appeals court hinted it may strike down the Obamacare individual mandate was not connected to Trump's commitment to healthcare, said Azar.

"What President Trump is committed to doing is delivering the affordability that people need, the control that people want, and the quality they deserve in health care," he said. "This president is intent on delivering, for all 350 million Americans,  better health care at a lower cost."

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President Donald Trump's executive order on kidney disease care will change Medicare payment models so that people diagnosed with illnesses can get treatment sooner and slow disease progression, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Wednesday. 
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