RSN’s Wellness and Education Kidney Advocacy Network program (weKAN) focuses on State/Federal regulatory and legislative issues that impact the care of people who have chronic kidney disease, are on dialysis or have received a kidney transplant. Some of the facets of care that are an ongoing focus of our platform include the need for:
- Ongoing improvements and expansion of Quality Improvement Program (QIP), such that the quality indicators provide actual insight into the quality of care being provided (and motivation to improve the quality of care).
- Improved and earlier access to information and education to allow patient-empowered decision making at all stages of chronic kidney disease (CKD).
- Improved focus and support on the need to recognize and address the emotional facets of CKD.
- Proper funding to allow patient-focused, evidence-driven care rather than cost-driven care.
- Proper funding to motivate ongoing research that improves the care, life expectancy, and quality of life of patients with CKD.
- Proper funding that will allow dialysis facilities to not only maintain current equipment/quality of care, but to also make necessary upgrades and keep pace with state-of-the-art improvements in technology and medical interventions.