Kidney Care

March marks National Kidney Month, and this issue of QIO News explores stories of kidney disease and the importance of including the patient perspective in chronic illness care.

Precious McCowan, a patient advocate living with end stage renal disease, shares her health care journey and how she’s making sure the patient voice is being heard. 
Two QIN-QIOs align diabetes and chronic kidney disease self-management for better patient outcomes. 
Patrick Gee’s longtime struggle with diabetes and kidney disease underscores how important it is for patients to be actively involved in their health management. 
Person-centered care is imperative in treating chronic illnesses like kidney disease. Department of Veterans Affairs physician Dr. Anne O’Hare lays out five strategies for including patients in kidney care. 
A growing U.S. diabetes epidemic threatens millions in the coming years. Can self-management education and support stem the tide of diagnoses and improve outcomes? 
The Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Program will hold its next National Disparities Learning and Action Network (LAN) Event on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. ET.
Did You Know?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of people with Medicare who have advanced kidney disease don’t see a nephrologist before developing kidney failure. Get the facts and help ensure better patient outcomes by visiting the CDC website.