The COVID-19 Pandemic Converges With Kidney Policy Transformation: Implications for CKD Population Health

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In a new editorial published in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases, Dr. Sri Lekha Tummalapalli and colleagues describe how COVID-19 has highlighted chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients' vulnerability to worse, inequitable clinical outcomes, and necessitated fundamental changes to our health systems amidst a historic time in kidney health policy. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown how rapidly health systems can mobilize towards a singular mission. The convergence of this and the Advancing American Kidney Health (AAKH) initiative, a pivotal kidney health policy that announced a wide array of nephrology initiatives including new payment models, has profound implications for patients with kidney disease and suggests this is the time for bold kidney care innovation at the population level.

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