In-Depth Q&A With Dr. Benjamin Hippen: Access To Kidney Transplantation

Fresenius Medical Care, a leading provider of kidney dialysis services, is making strides in supporting kidney transplantation by addressing barriers faced by patients seeking transplants. The company has focused on streamlining the referral process for patients, as there are over 250 kidney transplant programs in the United States, each with varying referral forms. To tackle this issue, Fresenius Medical Care developed a user-friendly “point and click” transplant referral form that enables social workers to compile a comprehensive 15- to 20-page PDF with crucial information required by transplant centers. This electronic referral system has been successfully implemented across the entire U.S. Fresenius Kidney Care enterprise since April 2023, resulting in a notable surge of approximately 40 percent in new transplant referrals compared to the previous year.

In addition to these efforts, Fresenius Medical Care actively engages in public policy initiatives aimed at enhancing access to and reducing barriers for transplantation in collaboration with esteemed organizations such as the American Society of Transplantation, the American Society of Nephrology, and Kidney Care Partners. The company’s commitment to supporting the cause of kidney transplantation extends to its employees, as Fresenius Medical Care is a proud member of the American Society of Transplantation Living Donor Circle of Excellence. This membership grants full-time employees in the United States a remarkable opportunity – if they choose to be living organ donors, they are eligible to receive 100 percent paid time off for a generous duration of six weeks.

Fresenius Medical Care’s innovative approach to improving the kidney transplantation process, alongside their active involvement in advocacy and support for employees, demonstrates their dedication to enhancing patient care and making a lasting impact in the field of renal healthcare.


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