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  • 1. UNOFFICIAL COPY AS OF 10/20/10 08 REG. SESS. 08 RS HJR 74/GA A JOINT RESOLUTION establishing a task force to study chronic kidney disease. WHEREAS, chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a public health problem in the United States and in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, affecting 26 million Americans nationwide; and WHEREAS, individuals with CKD are ultimately in danger of kidney failure that would require life-sustaining dialysis or a kidney transplant; and WHEREAS, individuals with CKD have a greater likelihood of experiencing cardiovascular events and death; and WHEREAS, early identification of individuals with CKD, combined with appropriate intervention, can delay the progression of kidney disease and its complications; and WHEREAS, CKD is a silent disease until in its advanced stages, and most individuals with CKD are not aware they have the condition; NOW, THEREFORE, Be it resolved by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky: Section 1. The Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Department for Public Health, is directed to establish a task force to study chronic kidney disease. The task force shall: (1) Develop a plan to educate the public and health care professionals about the advantages and methods of early screening, diagnosis, and treatment of chronic kidney disease and its complications based on Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative (KDOQI) Clinical Practice Guidelines for chronic kidney disease adopted by the National Kidney Foundation of Kentucky or other medically recognized clinical practice guidelines; (2) Make recommendations on the implementation of a plan for early screening, diagnosis, and treatment of chronic kidney disease for the state's population with the aims of slowing progression of kidney disease to kidney failure, requiring treatment with Page 1 of 4 HJ007410.100-1320 GA
  • 2. UNOFFICIAL COPY AS OF 10/20/10 08 REG. SESS. 08 RS HJR 74/GA dialysis or transplantation, and preventing and treating cardiovascular disease; and (3) Identify barriers, such as fragmentation of care and access to primary care physicians, to adoption of best practices and potential public policy options to address barriers. Section 2. The task force shall be composed of 25 members. The members of the task force shall include: (1) Two members of the House of Representatives, one of whom shall be from the majority party and one of whom shall be from the minority party, appointed by the Speaker of the House; (2) Two members of the Senate, one of whom shall be from the majority party and one of whom shall be from the minority party, appointed by the President of the Senate; (3) The commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, or his or her designee, who shall serve as chair of the task force; (4) The commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services, or his or her designee; (5) The executive director of the National Kidney Foundation of Kentucky, or his or her designee; (6) The following 18 members shall be appointed by the commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health: (a) Three nephrologists, one of whom is a nephrologist practicing in rural Kentucky, one of whom is a nephrologist practicing in metropolitan Kentucky, and one of whom is a pediatric nephrologist, from a list of names submitted by the Kentucky Medical Association; (b) One nephrology nurse, from a list of names submitted by the Kentucky Chapter of the American Nephrology Nurses Association; (c) One physician assistant, from a list of names submitted by the Kentucky Page 2 of 4 HJ007410.100-1320 GA
  • 3. UNOFFICIAL COPY AS OF 10/20/10 08 REG. SESS. 08 RS HJR 74/GA Academy of Physician Assistants; (d) One nurse practitioner with a primary care specialty in nephrology, from a list of names submitted by the Kentucky Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Midwives; (e) Three members who have been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, from a list of names submitted by the National Kidney Foundation of Kentucky; (f) One member from a list of names submitted by the Kentucky Diabetes Prevention and Control Program; (g) Two members representing private health insurance providers, from two lists of names submitted, one list submitted by Humana Health Insurance and one list submitted by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield; (h) One member representing Kentucky dialysis providers, from a list of names submitted by the National Kidney Foundation of Kentucky; (i) One member, representing and recommended from a list submitted by Health Care Excel of Kentucky; (j) One member, representing and recommended from a list submitted by the Kentucky Hospital Association; (k) One member, representing and recommended from a list submitted by the Jewish Hospital Transplant Center; (l) One member, representing and recommended from a list submitted by the UK Healthcare Transplant Center; and (m) One member, representing and recommended from a list submitted by Passport Health Plan. Section 3. The Department for Public Health shall provide all necessary staff, research, and meeting facilities for this task force. Section 4. The task force shall meet quarterly and it shall convene its first meeting in August, 2008. The task force shall report its findings and recommendations to Page 3 of 4 HJ007410.100-1320 GA
  • 4. UNOFFICIAL COPY AS OF 10/20/10 08 REG. SESS. 08 RS HJR 74/GA the Interim Joint Committee on Health and Welfare by July 31, 2009, at which time the task force shall cease to exist. Page 4 of 4 HJ007410.100-1320 GA

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