About Us

What is the Metropolitan Kidney Care Alliance?

The Metropolitan Kidney Care Alliance is one of several End-Stage Renal Disease Seamless Care Organizations (ESCOs) selected nationwide to participate in the Comprehensive End-Stage Renal Disease Care (CEC) Model. Through the Metropolitan KCA, the following community providers have formed a partnership to improve care for Medicare ESRD beneficiaries in the ESCO service area. The Metropolitan KCA serves a population of approximately 400 Medicare ESRD beneficiaries in Central New Jersey and Staten Island.

What is the CEC Initiative?

The Comprehensive End-Stage Renal Disease Care Initiative was announced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Innovation Center (CMMI) in February 2013. The CEC Model is a demonstration program that is designed to test, identify and evaluate new ways to improve care for Medicare beneficiaries with end-stage renal disease. The CEC Model aims to improve health care delivery and outcomes while reducing the overall cost of care.

Beneficiaries with ESRD have complex care needs. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) website, although the Medicare beneficiaries with ESRD only amount to 1.3 percent of the Medicare population, it accounts for 7.5 percent of the total Medicare expenditures. For more information on the CEC Initiative, please visit the CMS website.

Metropolitan Kidney Care Alliance Dialysis Clinics:

  • DCI – Brooklyn
  • DCI – Castleton
  • DCI – Freehold
  • DCI – Monroe Township
  • DCI – North Brunswick
  • DCI – Somerset
  • DCI – Staten Island

ESCO Structure

What is an ESCO?

ESCO stands for End Stage Renal Disease Seamless Care Organization. Learn more here.

Model of Care

Under the Metropolitan Kidney Care Alliance ESCO, our clinics have adopted a new model of care. Read about this transition here.

Results

PY1 financial and quality performance results are now available.

Patients

Who Qualifies

Not sure if you are a Metropolitan Kidney Care Alliance ESCO patient? Find out if you qualify here.

Right to Choose

If you are an ESCO beneficiary, you still have the right to choose your dialysis facility, healthcare providers, and hospitals. Learn more here.

What does this mean if I am an ESCO patient?

Learn more here.

Resources

Everything you need to know about CKD and ESRD is here.

Patient Stories

Learn how early education is benefiting people with kidney disease here.

Calendar

Find out what’s happening in the kidney community around you here.

Participants

Through the Metropolitan KCA, the following community providers have formed a partnership to improve care for Medicare ESRD beneficiaries in the ESCO service area:

  • Associated Renal & Hypertension Group, PC
  • Dialysis Clinic, Inc.
  • Highland Park Surgical Associates, PA
  • Mehdi Naqui, MD
  • Montgomery Nephrology & Hypertension Associates, PC
  • Toros Kapoian, MD, FACP
  • Island Nephrology Services, PC
  • Nephrology – Hypertension Associates of Central Jersey, PA
  • Hypertension and Nephrology Specialists, LLC
  • Reynaldo Tan, MD
  • Sunithi Krishnan, MD
  • Rutgers Health RWJ – Nephrology
  • Integrative Hypertension and Nephrology PLLC

If your organization is interested in providing care to patients in the ESCO, please email information@Metropolitankidneycare.com.

For a full list of the Metropolitan Kidney Care participating providers, organizations leadership, and governing body, please click HERE.

Questions or concerns?

Fill out this form or email the Metropolitan Kidney Care Alliance and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

For general ESCO inquiries, please call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).

For specific Metropolitan Kidney Care inquiries, please call us at 855-524-8475.

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You may also contact:

Chris Lovell – ESCO Compliance Officer
(615) 342-0526 | Chris.Lovell@dciinc.org
1633 Church Street, Suite 500, Nashville, TN 37203

Lauren Stone Hollingsworth – ESCO Primary Contact for CMMI
(615) 963-9674 | Lauren.Stone.Hollingsworth@dciinc.org
1633 Church Street, Suite 500, Nashville, TN 37203

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