FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Director, Communications and External Relations
TMF Health Quality Institute
Austin, Texas – Dec. 7, 2017 – TMF Health Quality Institute, a leading non-profit health care consulting company based in Austin, will lead a new special innovation project, under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, to promote and increase timely screening, early diagnosis and treatment of chronic kidney disease (CKD). TMF has partnered with the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care, Primaris in Missouri and the Quality Improvement Professional Research Organization Inc. in Puerto Rico to form the TMF Quality Innovation Network Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO).
A key teaming partner on this CKD project is the National Kidney Foundation (NKF), which is the leading organization in the United States dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease. NKF will work with the TMF QIN-QIO to provide educational events and materials for primary care practices and patients participating in this project.
“We’re proud to partner with TMF on this initiative to improve early diagnosis and treatment of chronic kidney disease,” said Kevin Longino, CEO, National Kidney Foundation and a kidney transplant patient. “Through our innovative educational materials for both patients and health care professionals, and supportive programs designed to educate and engage those at risk and those diagnosed with CKD, working together we can make a real difference for all of those affected by this disease.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 30 million people have CKD, yet a majority of the population are unaware they have the condition. Furthermore, adults who have diabetes, high blood pressure or both conditions have a higher risk of developing CKD than individuals who do not have these conditions.
To help increase screening, early diagnosis and treatment for CKD, the TMF QIN-QIO will build on the success of its Health for Life – Everyone with Diabetes Counts initiative to work with 125 primary care practices in rural areas across Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico and Texas, as well as with diabetes self-management education (DSME) facilitators and patients.
The CKD project includes two primary interventions. The first is a comprehensive primary care-based approach to increase early diagnosis of kidney disease. This intervention will include improving provider awareness of CKD clinical guidelines, implementing an electronic health record workflow to promote CKD screening and applying patient-engagement strategies to increase timely CKD screening.
The second intervention will focus on engaging at-risk patients in DSME programs to improve CKD screening. This effort will align with the TMF QIN-QIO’s current DSME program to train educators and to support and teach patients about early CKD screening.
"We are excited to expand our work with primary care physicians to improve the health and lives of patients with kidney disease," said Tom Manley, TMF president and CEO. "Physicians who participate in this special innovation project will benefit from receiving one-on-one assistance from TMF consultants to increase timely screening for CKD, which will help improve the quality of care provided to Medicare beneficiaries.”
About TMF Health Quality Institute
TMF Health Quality Institute focuses on improving lives by improving the quality of health care through contracts with federal, state and local governments, as well as private organizations. For more than 40 years, TMF has helped health care providers and practitioners in a variety of settings improve care for their patients..
About the National Kidney Foundation
The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is the largest, most comprehensive and longstanding organization dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease. For more information about NKF visit www.kidney.org.