The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) will consider adding screening for chronic kidney disease (CKD) as a potential recommendation in response to a nomination from the Coalition for Kidney Health. The coalition submitted its request in December 2021 and received a response in February 2022, stating that USPSTF has added “Screening for CKD” to its “list of preventive services topics under active consideration.”
The positive response kicks off a thorough, multi-year review, according to Miriam Godwin, health policy director at the National Kidney Foundation (NKF), whom the coalition designated as its contact person in its request to USPSTF. Godwin said that the coalition is asking that USPSTF bring its screening recommendations into concordance with established evidence-based guidelines from the NKF and the American Diabetes Association, which recommend that high-risk individuals be screened for CKD.
The letter from USPSTF notes that the task force has a large portfolio of suggested topics “to work on as part of its deliberative process, and it may take some time” to turn its attention to CKD. The letter only commits the task force to “begin the process of determining when to begin work on a new recommendation,” and it will decide later whether it will “prioritize” CKD to consider this year.