Improving Healthcare for Veterans with New Data System

Rajiv Saran, M.D., professor of internal medicine at the University of Michigan, is leading an effort to improve the quality of healthcare for U.S. veterans facing chronic kidney disease.

According to an abstract Rajiv presented at the National Kidney Foundation’s 2017 Spring Clinical Meeting, the total cost of CKD care in the Department of Veterans Affairs healthcare system increased from $12 billion in 2006 to $19 billion in 2014 in current dollars. Adjusted for inflation, the increase was 26 percent.