Nationwide Network of Kidney Health Providers Launched to Improve the Future of Patient Care

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Tennessee Nephrologists at Nephrology Associates, P.C. Partner with Nation’s Leading Provider of Kidney Care Products and Services to Improve the Future of Patient Care.

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“Our Tennessee physicians are proud to be a part of InterWell Health, so they may collaborate with other leaders in nephrology and help to shape population health models in the U.S. for the benefit of our patients.” - Dr. Soni, Nephrology Associates President & InterWell Board of Directors member

Nephrology Associates, P.C. has announced its participation and investment in a new entity aimed at improving healthcare outcomes for Americans living with kidney disease. This new population health management company, InterWell Health, is an alliance currently consisting of over 650 nephrologists and the nation’s leading provider of kidney care products and services, Fresenius Medical Care North America. InterWell Health participants are many of the most influential in their field, and more provider groups will be invited to join.

“It’s a privilege to be able to focus our expertise on ensuring kidney health is a priority in our country,” said Dr. Ashish Soni, Nephrology Associates President and member of InterWell Board of Directors. “Our Tennessee physicians are proud to be a part of InterWell Health, so they may collaborate with other leaders in nephrology and help to shape population health models in the U.S. for the benefit of our patients.”

This partnership was formed to support nephrologists nationwide towards a more rapid adoption of value-based care models in an environment that promotes the full continuum of care for renal patients. The focus spans the CKD and ESRD populations with collaboration on care models to slow progression, to maximize the availability of transplant and home therapies, as well as prioritize optimal starts on dialysis. Programs developed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services increasingly use quality metrics and physician reimbursement structures to guide practices toward value-based care. New models are challenging practices to reduce expenses while improving patient outcomes and patient experience across the continuum of kidney disease, from first diagnosis to transplant or dialysis.

“We’re committed to delivering first-in-class care to our patients not only in Middle Tennessee but throughout the state,” said David Arrieta, Nephrology Associates CFOO. “InterWell Health is unique in providing broad physician collaboration in new care models that address the needs and goals of our patients, physicians and payers.”

InterWell Health establishes a platform for physician collaboration to improve the quality and efficiency of kidney care. The physician investors are experienced leaders in value-based care, many having played key roles in value-based arrangements like the federal End Stage Renal Disease Seamless Care Organization, or ESCO. InterWell physicians and practice administrators bring the experience needed for innovative healthcare delivery, better early stage patient care, and reduction of unnecessary healthcare expenses to the public and private healthcare systems.

By sharing resources, guiding other practices, and representing the field of nephrology as part of a patient’s continuum of care, InterWell Health investors will shape and advance healthcare for people with kidney disease.

For more information about InterWell Health, visit http://www.interwellhealth.com.

Nephrology Associates, PC is a leading provider of renal care for all aspects of kidney disease and related conditions. Founded in 1985, Nephrology Associates is the largest nephrology practice in the Nashville community and has established a tradition of excellence in helping patients achieve their highest level of independence, while managing their disease process. As the recipient of the 2019 RPA Exemplary Practice of the Year Award, Nephrology Associates’ dedication to excellence is evidenced by the credentials of its 29 physicians who serve in a variety of office-based and acute care settings as well as on an array of hospital committees including managed care, critical care, nutritional support and ethics. Additionally, Nephrology Associates has been at the forefront of networked computer medical records, which facilitate timely and accurate transfer of information between locations, as well as leading the transition into accountable care by being part of the Music City ESCO, which is a disease specific Alternative Payment Model for CMS. Nephrology Associates understands well that quality of care is key for every patient and is dedicated to providing comprehensive, holistic and personalized care for its patients. To learn more about Nephrology Associates, visit http://www.tnkidney.com.

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