BRUSSELS, BELGIUM: The International Consortium of Health Outcomes Measurement (ICHOM) published its Standard Set on Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) on 26 October 2017. The European Renal Care Providers Association (ERCPA), represented by Dr Andrea Stopper, was invited to serve as a member of the Working Group on CKD, chaired by Dr Willem Jan W. Bos of St. Antonius Hospital in the Netherlands.
The goal of this working group was to determine a minimum set of measures that can be used in all healthcare settings to improve outcomes for patients with CKD and to facilitate meaningful comparison. Implementing this set of measures will enable healthcare providers to more easily compare their outcomes, exchange best practices, and ultimately focus on improving value for renal care patients. This concept is one which ICHOM has been championing since it was created in 2013 by Professor Michael Porter of Harvard Business School, the Boston Consulting Group, and the Karolinska Institutet, with the aim to reduce healthcare costs, support informed decision making, and improve healthcare quality. The ERCPA’s members—DaVita, Diaverum, and Fresenius Medical Care—will implement the Standard Set to demonstrate their commitment to improving value for patients. At the same time, the ERCPA will work to establish a set of patient-reported measures for renal care patients in Europe, an aspect which is lacking in the Standard Set due to the lack of validated indicators.
The ERCPA was invited to participate in this working group alongside clinicians, researchers, and patient representatives from the Netherlands, Germany, Mexico, Spain, the USA, Taiwan, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. The group convened by teleconference over the course of a 12-month period, beginning in October 2016. In between teleconference calls, the ERCPA gathered the views of its members with the result that the important voice of dialysis providers in the EU was included in the working group discussions and in surveys to determine outcome measures in the CKD Standard Set. More information about this standard set is available here.
About the European Renal Care Providers Association: The ERCPA was founded in early 2014 to raise awareness of the situation of patients suffering from chronic kidney disease or related chronic diseases by ensuring access to safe, effective, and personalised care of the highest quality, promoting choice in treatment modality, and educating policy makers on critical healthcare legislation. More information about the ERCPA is available on our website at www.ercpa.eu.