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The Important Role of Nurses in Integrated Kidney Care Delivery

The care that dialysis patients receive for their medical, psychosocial and logistical needs is often fragmented. Integrated kidney care teams, led by nurses, aim to address this fragmentation by helping patients navigate health care benefits and by providing comprehensive care coordination, which may enhance patient quality of life and reduce hospitalizations.

Watch this video, in which Ron Zanger, MD, describes the invaluable support nurses provide in coordinating patient care in an ESRD Seamless Care Organization (ESCO)—an Accountable Care Organization that provides integrated care services.

Disclaimer: The statements contained in this video are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of CMS. The author assumes responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of the information contained in this video.

Ron Zanger, MD

Ron Zanger, MD

Ron Zanger, MD, is a nephrologist in Cherry Hill, New Jersey and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Cooper University Health Care-Camden. He received his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and has been in practice for more than 20 years.