Monogram Health has recently announced that they will be expanding their collaboration with Humana Inc. to provide greater access to chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease treatment. They will now provide care coordination services throughout Alabama and Tennessee in addition to their already established services in Mississippi and Louisiana.
About Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)
Chronic kidney disease occurs when there is lasting damage to the kidneys that progresses with time. The kidneys are unable to function properly, meaning that they cannot filter waste out of the blood. This leads to an accumulation of waste, which in turn results in symptoms and complications. Affected individuals may experience fatigue, weakness, jaundice, an enlarged spleen and/or liver, high blood pressure, stunted growth, persistent itching, shortness of breath, swelling, muscle cramps, nausea, changes in urination, and sleep issues, among others.
There are a number of causes for CKD, such as type 1 or 2 diabetes, polycystic kidney disease, recurrent kidney infections, high blood pressure, interstitial nephritis, prolonged obstruction of the urinary tract, glomerulonephritis, and vesicoureteral reflex. In terms of treatment, doctors aim to slow disease progression, treat symptoms, and reduce complications. They may prescribe diuretics, cholesterol medications, anemia medications, high blood pressure medications, and vitamins. In severe cases, dialysis and a kidney transplant may be necessary.
Expanding Treatment Access
Monogram Health and Humana Inc. have agreed that Monogram will provide its services to Humana Medicare Advantage and Commercial health plan members with CKD or end-stage renal disease in Alabama and Tennessee, an expansion from their previous agreement.
Those utilizing this care can expect social workers and nurse case managers to visit their homes regularly. The field workers then communicate and work with physicians, nurses, nephrologists, and primary care doctors to create the best treatment plan for every patient. This plan is then communicated to and carried out to the patient, along with any necessary education.
This care allows for patients to take more control over their lives, and it also addresses the common issues of treatment accessibility.
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