CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Aug. 24, 2023 – Interwell Health, a kidney care management company that partners with physicians on its mission to reimagine healthcare, is celebrating one year of creating better futures for individuals living with chronic kidney disease (CKD).
Through strategic partnerships and initiatives with providers and payers, Interwell Health has advanced the shift toward value-based kidney care by expanding on its track record of effective, end-to-end care. It is extending that work by unveiling its corporate social responsibility (CSR) platform.
“Kidney disease is challenging due to its complex nature and high treatment costs, which is often compounded because symptoms only reveal the disease in its more advanced stages,” said Robert Sepucha, chief executive officer for Interwell Health. “But in just our first year as a unified company, we are partnering with the nation’s largest network of nephrologists to deliver better health outcomes for patients and significant reductions in the total cost of care for payer partners – all at scale. These results are proof that our more collaborative, full-spectrum approach is the future for kidney care, and value-based care more broadly—something we’re also making personal through our newly finished CSR plan.”
Driving Growth and Results
In its first year, Interwell Health added almost 100 nephrologists to its network, growing to 1,700 physicians supporting kidney disease patients in small to large practices across the country. The company now covers 125,000 lives, an increase of 25 percent from its inception, and manages more than $7 billion in total medical costs.
Interwell’s comprehensive care network, combined with its predictive analytics, achieves remarkable results for patient health, including an optimal start rate that is 154 percent above the national average, a home dialysis start rate that is 87 percent above the national average, and almost 20 percent fewer all-cause hospitalizations. These clinical outcomes drive significant financial savings for payer partners.
Making Kidney Care Personal
Interwell Health is launching a new CSR platform that will extend the company’s day-to-day work through advocacy and volunteerism. In addition to delivering better health outcomes for patients and cost reductions for payer partners, the company recognizes its responsibility to make a positive impact on the communities in which it operates. Interwell will prioritize early detection and prevention of kidney disease and strive to create an inclusive and diverse culture while leveraging its strengths to Imagine a Better Future for everyone.
This new CSR platform will focus heavily on addressing earlier detection, social determinants of health, and health equity. Interwell also encourages employees to give back to their community, offering a new annual paid day off for volunteering, and providing extensive paid time off for organ donation.
As part of its one-year anniversary, Interwell Health also launched a new section of its website to celebrate and share stories about the patients, employees, and physicians that are at the center of its mission to help people live healthier lives.
Implementing a Clinical Model for Success
The company's holistic approach focuses on early detection and prevention, effectively slowing disease progression and curbing the need for costly interventions. Interwell Health is the only value-based kidney care provider with access to all pieces of the continuum of care, enabling more informed care to be delivered faster:
Dr. George Hart, chief medical officer of Interwell Health, emphasized, "Our commitment to value-based kidney care has yielded transformative results across the spectrum, touching the lives of patients and their families. It’s allowing nephrologists to take care of their patients the way they’ve always wanted to, which has a lasting impact on the healthcare system as a whole."
Celebrating a Year of Achievements
Interwell Health's inaugural year has been marked by many significant accomplishments:
Interwell Health was formed in August 2022 when Fresenius Health Partners, Cricket Health, and InterWell Health united their expertise, passion, and scale under a single independent entity.
"Our journey toward reimagining kidney care and creating a better future for all kidney patients is far from over," remarked Sepucha. "That’s why, as Interwell Health continues to grow, so will our efforts to raise awareness about this silent disease, advocate for early detection, and support this vulnerable patient population."
Interwell Health is a kidney care management company that partners with physicians on its mission to reimagine healthcare – with the expertise, compassion, and vision to set the standard for the industry and help patients live their best lives. The company is differentiated by its ability to deliver improved clinical outcomes and better quality of life for patients, reduce the total cost of care for payer partners, and provide the resources physicians need to thrive in a value-based world – all at scale. To learn more, visit interwellhealth.com.