DaVita Integrated Kidney Care Achieves Three-Year NCQA Population Health Program Accreditation

In July 2020, DaVita Integrated Kidney Care (DaVita IKC)—the integrated care division of DaVita Kidney Care—received a full 3-year accreditation for its kidney care program from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Population Health Program. DaVita IKC is the country’s largest kidney care provider that is accredited by the NCQA, and has been for more than 15 years. This year, the DaVita IKC program received a perfect score of 100 out of 100.

DaVita IKC delivers holistic, value‑based care to patients across the kidney disease and treatment continuum. Its programs coordinate comprehensive patient care and comorbid condition management to patients nationwide, whether they are in the early stages of chronic kidney disease (CKD) or end stage kidney disease (ESKD), transitioning to dialysis, seeking a kidney transplant or receiving dialysis.

NCQA is an independent organization that uses measurement, transparency and accountability to highlight top performers and drive improvement in the quality of health care. NCQA develops measures and standards that health care providers use to identify areas where they can improve. Public reporting of performance against these evidence-based measures and standards becomes the focus for groups they evaluate, including DaVita IKC.

NCQA Population Health Program Accreditation helps organizations align their operations with the industry’s best population health management practices. Having a solid population health strategy allows organizations to monitor and address opportunities and challenges in their defined populations.

DaVita IKC was evaluated in the following areas: data integration, assessment, segmentation of our population, targeted interventions, engaging with and supporting practitioners and measurement and quality improvement activities.

NCQA standards provide a framework for organizations to standardize care, become more efficient and manage complex needs better. Earning NCQA Population Health Program Accreditation indicates that the provider or organization helps keep program members healthier, reduce risks and prevent unnecessary costs from poor care management.

DaVita IKC’s patient-centered approach helps the organization achieve the Triple Aim—to improve the patient experience of care, improve the health of populations, and to reduce the per capita cost of health care. This has led DaVita IKC to this top performer recognition as an NCQA-accredited provider.

In 2020, DaVita IKC collaborated with providers to deliver care to more than 24,000 patients across commercial, government, CKD and ESKD programs. Through DaVita IKC programs, patients receive education about their disease and quality health care services, while being able to spend more time doing things they enjoy. The NCQA accreditation is an acknowledgement of DaVita’s quality of care in these areas.