We are frequently asked, “why is nephrology support a good investment?” We get it – healthcare budgets can be tight, and you want to make sure your spending helps as many patients as possible while increasing revenues.
More than 11% of people in the U.S. have chronic kidney disease (CKD), and 2% of those with CKD have end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Because half of all ESRD patients are 65+, communities with an older population are more likely to need nephrology support when hospitalized. Hospitalizations among those with ESRD are common; an ESRD patient will go to the hospital twice a year on average.
The need for nephrology care in rural communities has been clear in our work with rural hospitals. One of our clients ran a rural hospital in a county with 37 ESRD patients. The hospital didn’t have a nephrologist or dialysis machine, so ESRD patients in the community had to drive over 60 miles away to receive care. With TeleNeph, the hospital now has access to a nephrologist 24/7 and an easy-to-use dialysis machine. Patients in the community are no longer forced to drive for hours to receive care.
If you are ready to explore nephrology care at your hospital, contact us today. We will provide you with a free market and financial analysis to determine the number of ESRD patients in your county and what that could mean for your hospital’s bottom line.