Fresenius Medical Care announced in March that it was forming a separate company as part of a three-way merger with InterWell Health and Cricket Health. Through the merger, the largest dialysis provider in the United States will combine with two value-based care companies: a physician organization of more than 1600 nephrologists and a technology start-up. The start-up, Cricket Health, created a patient platform, care-support program, and machine-learning program aimed at identifying kidney disease and predicting disease progression.
“We see value-based care as the future of health care, and this new company will make a dramatic difference for thousands of people,” said David Pollack, president, Integrated Care Group, Fresenius Medical Care North America, in a statement to Kidney News. “The new InterWell Health expects to improve patients’ quality of life through reduced hospital admissions and readmissions, slower disease progression, increased transplant referrals and rates, accelerated transition to home dialysis, and improved health equity. Over the past 5 years, our value-based care programs have reduced hospital admissions by 34%, and planned starts to dialysis in those programs are twice the national average. By leveraging the new InterWell Health's technological innovations and its leading network of nephrologists, we expect to improve on these outcomes in the future.”