What is chronic kidney disease (CKD)?
Human kidneys filter 240-300 pints of blood each day, and generate 2 pints of fluid waste. As individuals age, kidney function naturally declines, but for many Americans, kidney function declines to the point where it can be harmful to overall health. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) occurs when kidneys no longer filter blood effectively, and includes any conditions that damage the kidneys and decrease their ability to filter blood. When CKD progresses to late stages, it can result in end-stage kidney disease and kidney failure.
Why focus on CKD?
According to the CDC, 37 million American adults have CKD, but 90% of those with the disease are unaware they have the condition. The disease does not present outward symptoms until the later stages, when kidney function begins worsening and medical costs start rising. The only way to measure overall kidney function, and give at-risk participants the knowledge they need to prevent CKD, is through screening.
Identify with eGFR
A screening for estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) can alert individuals to their kidney disease risk before CKD progresses to an advanced stage.
Connect to care with PHIS
Physician Health Information Sessions (PHIS) give participants the chance to ask questions about out-of-range eGFR results, as well as find an in-network provider for disease management.
Reduce healthcare spending
On average, someone with stage 5 CKD could exceed $30,000 in managed care claims each year. Screening gives participants the chance to prevent CKD from progressing and the opportunity to save money.