Satellite Healthcare Takes an Active Role in the Future of Healthcare-Leads Quality Panel, Sponsors First National Summit on Home Dialysis Policy in Washington, D.C.
SAN JOSE, CA, March 26, 2012 — Satellite Healthcare, one of the nation's first and largest providers of kidney dialysis services and a major sponsor of nephrology research, is pleased to announce that Leslie Wong, M.D., Vice President of Clinical Affairs, will lead the Quality Measures and Initiatives panel during the first National Summit on Home Dialysis Policy in Washington, D.C., on March 29.
The summit brings together policymakers and delegates from patient groups, industry, and payers to identify opportunities for collaboration to improve outcomes and quality of life for patients on home dialysis.
"As the need for dialysis grows, access to regular home dialysis care that meets quality measures is critical," said Dr. Wong. "Multiple studies in the U.S. and abroad have shown that 40% of dialysis patients would choose home dialysis care, yet only 8% access it."
During the day-long series of round table sessions, clinicians, industry, payers, federal officials, and delegates from patient groups will assess four topics impacting local communities:
- Education, Training, and Implementation Challenges;
- The Impact of the National Reimbursement System;
- Quality Measures and Initiatives; and
- The Innovation Environment.
Dr. Wong will serve as a panel moderator and co-lead a wrap-up session at the end of the summit where federal policymakers and delegates will share insights and conclusions from the day.
Satellite Healthcare is an enthusiastic proponent of home dialysis as it can enable more productive and independent living for patients. The first Satellite WellBound center opened in 2003 with the aim of introducing more patients to home dialysis. Today, 1,000 Satellite WellBound patients participate in home dialysis care, which comprises 23% of its patients. Studies show that home dialysis patients generally live longer, benefit from better overall health, and enjoy a higher quality of life than patients on other methods of dialysis.
Satellite HealthCare is a sponsor of the first National Summit on Home Dialysis Policy. For more information about Satellite WellBound and its mission to educate and empower kidney patients to lead a more independent and healthier life, please visit http://www.SatelliteHealth.com.
About Satellite WellBound
WellBound, a division of Satellite Healthcare, Inc., is an innovative leader in the dialysis community. As the first company focused exclusively on the full continuum of self-care dialysis options, WellBound frees chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients from in-center dialysis treatment regimens by offering multiple "self-care" treatment options. The company's unique expertise in personalized self-care training and patient wellness facilitates a higher quality of life and improved clinical outcomes for CKD patients, while enabling physicians to offer a new, superior level of care.
Satellite WellBound has established fifteen "Centers of Excellence" and is actively engaged in expanding its network of self-care dialysis programs to deliver wellness education and the full spectrum of self-care dialysis options, including peritoneal dialysis and daily home hemodialysis. To learn more about WellBound, a division of Satellite Healthcare, Inc., please visit http://www.satellitehealth.com.
About Satellite Healthcare
Satellite Healthcare, Inc. is one of the nation's first and leading providers of dialysis services and kidney disease care. With its affiliated services ≠ Satellite WellBound, Satellite Dialysis and Satellite Research, Satellite Healthcare provides early patient wellness education, personalized clinical services and a complete range of dialysis therapy choices. This comprehensive offering allows Satellite Healthcare to advance the standard of chronic kidney disease care so patients can achieve a better life. For more information, visit www.satellitehealth.com.
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For more information about Satellite Healthcare and its mission to make life better for those with Chronic Kidney Disease, please visit www.satellitehealth.com.
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