IPRO’s ESRD NCC Wins Advocacy Award

IPRO’s End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) National Coordinating Center (NCC) is the first organizational recipient of the American Association of Kidney Patients’ (AAKPs’) Patient Engagement and Advocacy Award, which recognizes leadership in the field of patient education and outreach. AAKP presented the award to IPRO’s ESRD NCC for the work performed by the National Patient and Family Engagement Learning and Action Network (NPFE LAN). The award was presented on September 26, 2015 at the association’s 41st National Patient Meeting in Nashville, TN—the first such award to an organization in this category, rather than an individual. IPRO’s ESRD NCC operates under a contract with the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to support quality improvement activities of the 18 ESRD Networks nationwide, through CMS’s Three Part Aim of Better Health Care, Better Health for Communities and Smarter Spending. ESRD Network organizations support dialysis providers, patients and families in all 50 states as well as all U.S. territories. The ESRD NCC brings together patients from the 18 Network regions, ESRD Network leads, and CMS leadership to achieve patient-led goals. The 18 ESRD Networks partner with the ESRD NCC in recruiting and engaging beneficiaries to become active participants in their own health care. “We’re very pleased that our outreach to the kidney patient and provider community across the U.S. has been recognized by one of the leading patient organizations in the field,” according to IPRO’s Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Clare Bradley, MD, MPH. “We’re gratified by the opportunity to support CMS in its goal of engaging beneficiaries to improve their care.” Based in Tampa, Florida, AAKP describes itself as leading the effort to bring kidney patients together to promote community and to seek out services that help to maximize patients’ everyday lives. Visit the AAKP website at www.aakp.org.