Trump unveils sweeping goals on kidney disease

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(Nasdaq:CDNA), a leading molecular diagnostics company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of clinically differentiated, high-value diagnostic solutions for transplant patients, applauds the White House and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar on their recent policy announcement aimed at improving the lives of the more than 726,000 Americans with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and removing disincentives for transplantation.

The topic has a personal connection for the president.

President Donald Trump outlined an agenda to improve preventive treatment of kidney disease Wednesday, zeroing in on a condition that afflicts more than 30 million Americans and costs more than $100 billion in annual Medicare spending.

He said: "You've worked so hard on these things, you've worked so hard on the kidney, very special, the kidney has a very special place in the heart, it's an incredible thing". Epstein's latest arrest over sex trafficking charges have renewed criticism of Acosta, and shed light on Mr. Trump's past interactions with Epstein. "There are so many issues with chronic kidney disease".

"At CareDx, we believe transplantation is better than dialysis because it promises better quality of life for kidney patients, provides better outcomes and is demonstrably more cost effective for the healthcare system overall", said Peter Maag, CEO of CareDx.

The executive order also includes measures to help groups that collect organs from deceased donors.

When patients don't learn they're ill until it gets to a critical stage, they can not take preventive steps, and often need dialysis or a transplant. Almost 97,000 people are on the kidney transplant waiting list today, but in 2018 fewer than 22,000 kidney transplants were performed because there were not enough organs for all. Compared to the national average, REACH patients: · 22.9% start dialysis at home; 10% is the national average · 51.3% start using a permanent access; 20% is the national average · 55.2% avoid hospitalization before the start of dialysis; 33% is the national average · 6.6% get a pre-emptive transplant; 2.8% is the national average (data from 3,017 patients in 8 locations) "The current administration has demonstrated an interest in changing the status quo of kidney care". As a result, there is little incentive to promote home dialysis options. Until then, "to keep him going, he takes numerous medicines, receives multiple shots, blood draws and more doctors' visits than I can count", said his mother, Jamie Nash of Santa Barbara, California. Health providers in half the country will be required to participate in one of the new payment models in which they will face some financial risk for caring for patients.

Federal health officials have made clear for months that they intend to shake up a system that today favors expensive, time-consuming dialysis in large centers over easier-to-tolerate at-home care or transplants that help patients live longer. 'It's great to be at home where I was more comfortable and more relaxed and the care was in my hands, ' she said in an interview at the Trump event.

"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.

Other initiatives will require new regulations, expected to be proposed later this year.

These changes are being implemented through Medicare's innovation center, created under the Obama-era Affordable Care Act and empowered to seek savings and improved quality.

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