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September 20, 2019

The Advancing American Kidney Health Executive Order: An Opportunity to Enhance Organ Donation

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  • 1Transplant Center, Teresa Lozano and Joe Long School of Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio
JAMA. 2019;322(17):1645-1646. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.14500

On July 10, 2019, President Trump signed an executive order to launch “Advancing American Kidney Health,” an outline of policy priorities centered on advancing 3 main goals: (1) preventing kidney failure whenever possible through better diagnosis, treatment, and incentives for preventive care; (2) increasing patient choice through affordable alternative treatments for end-stage kidney disease (ESKD) by encouraging higher-value care, educating patients on treatment alternatives, and encouraging the development of artificial kidneys; and (3) increasing access to kidney transplantation by modernizing the organ recovery and transplantation systems and updating outmoded and counterproductive regulations.1

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