Fresenius Medical Care will provide integrated health care management for patients with renal disease who are enrolled in seven Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organizations (MSSP ACOs) operated by Collaborative Health Systems and physician partners, the dialysis provider announced October 26.

Under a new agreement, Fresenius Medical Care will manage the identification, staging, and care coordination of renal patients.

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Protocols developed by the two companies will promote collaboration between primary care physicians and nephrologists, according to a statement released by Fresenius.

“As the healthcare system shifts from fee-for-service to fee-for-value, we believe there are many opportunities to improve health outcomes while reducing costs for Medicare beneficiaries with renal disease,” said Jeff Spight, president of Collaborative Health Systems. “Not only do renal patients have complex needs, they are a difficult group to identify, making it challenging for providers in ACOs to coordinate their care. We look forward to working with Fresenius Medical Care as we discover new ways to improve the care quality of this important population.”