Kidney Health Toolkit
Improving the Quality of Kidney Care
Driving Health Care Quality: A Call to Action
More than 10% of U.S. adults have diabetes, which puts them at increased risk of developing kidney disease. In fact, diabetes is a leading cause of chronic kidney disease (CKD): About 1 in 3 people with diabetes also have CKD. Although CKD results in progressive loss of kidney function, it is often asymptomatic until the late stages of the disease—90% of adults with CKD are unaware they have it.
Ongoing monitoring of kidney health is crucial for diabetes care. Early diagnosis and appropriate treatment can prevent or delay progression of CKD. Clinical practice guidelines recommend screening patients with diabetes for kidney disease every year, but evidence shows that fewer than half of people with diabetes receive the recommended tests annually.
The Kidney Health Toolkit helps improve the quality of kidney care by equipping organizations with tools that guide and facilitate strategies to promote kidney health in their populations.
NCQA will continue to add tools throughout the summer 2021.
Education for Providers
Assessing, Monitoring & Managing Kidney Disease
Primary care practices play a key role in identifying and treating kidney disease in people with diabetes. This tool will help educate providers on the importance of ongoing kidney care for people with diabetes. The resource includes guidance on 4 essential steps:
1. Assessing kidney health.
2. Interpreting kidney test results.
3. Coding CKD diagnosis by stage.
4. Monitoring and managing kidney health.