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Kidney care management program

Effective January 1, 2021, Independence has entered into an agreement with Strive Health, an independent Kidney Care Management company, to offer the Strive Health Kidney Care program, which is designed to support Independence Medicare Advantage members diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD) stages 4 and 5, as well as end-stage renal disease (ESRD).

What is the Strive Health Kidney Care program?

Strive Health has an interdisciplinary team of Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurse (RN) Care Managers, and Care Coordinators who will work alongside our primary care physicians and nephrologists to provide additional support for kidney care, management of comorbid conditions, education, and specialized care coordination to eligible Independence members.

Strive Health’s high-touch model offers disease and care management services to:

  • Delay disease progression
  • Reduce unnecessary emergency room and inpatient utilization
  • Improve patient mortality and morbidity outcomes
  • Explore treatment options

Strive Health will work with providers to determine the best mode of communication and will provide you with regular updates on your patients and alert you to major changes to their care plans, such as tracking inpatient admissions. This collaboration is Strive Health’s commitment to support nephrology practices in achieving better patient outcomes.

For more information

If you have questions about this program, please review the Strive Health website. If you cannot find the information you are looking for here and have further questions, please email Joanne Seader, RN, BSN, CDN, Director, Kidney Care Program, at

Strive Health website

Members enrolled in this program also continue treatment with their primary care physician, nephrologist, and other specialists.

You may be contacted by a representative from the Strive Health interdisciplinary team to further discuss the member’s care plan and how best to coordinate the member’s care with you.