American Renal Associates applauds Trump administration's kidney executive order
American Renal Associates Holdings issued the following statement regarding the July 10, 2019, Executive Order by President Trump related to the Administration's Advancing American Kidney Health Initiative: "ARA applauds the Trump Administration and leadership at the Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) for taking bold actions and advancing new policies that should significantly benefit the lives of more than 30 million Americans living with kidney disease. ARA supports the admirable goals of the Executive Order, which aims to increase awareness and prevention of kidney disease, encourage alternative treatment options, and dramatically increase kidney transplantation. ARA's executive leadership team, including Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Joe Carlucci and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Dr. Don Williamson, were honored to be present in Washington, D.C. to witness President Trump sign the historic Executive Order. ARA believes that the End-Stage Renal Disease Treatment Choices (ETC) mandatory model will offer opportunities for physicians and caregivers to facilitate increased patient choice for home dialysis and transplantation. ARA is also encouraged by CMMI's approach to offer to kidney care community participants multiple options to participate in value-based care for Chronic Kidney Disease and End Stage Renal Disease patients through the Kidney Care First (KCF) and Comprehensive Kidney Care Contracting (CKCC) Models. Our organization looks forward to CMS's rule-making process for the ETC mandatory model, and intends to evaluate the optional models with a view to participating in one or more of these new models beginning in 2020. ARA is particularly grateful that HHS and CMS leadership engaged widely with the kidney care community to develop these policies, and our organization looks forward to further engagement as these policies and CMMI models are being advanced. ARA is confident that its physician partnership-based operating model, outstanding clinical performance and integrated approach to patient care should position the Company well to support the Trump Administration's goals of improving the lives of kidney care patients."