Are You Aware? Quick Facts About Kidney Disease

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tracking kidney disease in the US

*November 2017*

*Are You Aware? Quick Facts About Kidney Disease*

*Chronic Kidney Disease is Rising Among Commercially Insured, Working-Age Adults With Diabetes*

Diabetes is a leading risk factor for chronic kidney disease (CKD) and for end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Using diagnosis codes in claims for medical services, this graphic displays the relationship between diabetes and diagnosed kidney disease in the commercially insured population aged 20 to 64 years. From 2006 to 2015, in adults with diabetes, the prevalence of CKD by diagnosis code increased from 4.1% to 7.2%, and the prevalence of ESRD increased from 0.8% to 1.0%. In adults without diabetes, the percentage of patients with a diagnosis code for CKD also increased during the period from 0.3% to 0.7%. This increase in both populations is likely due to a combination of increased prevalence of kidney disease, increased diagnosis, and documentation in claims. Recognition of CKD in commercially insured patients presents opportunities for early management and interventions to slow disease progression and prevent complications. See the CKD Surveillance website to find out more about CKD in the commercially insured population

percentage of patients with CKD or ESRD

ICD-CM: International Classification of DiseasesClinical Modification; CKD: chronic kidney disease excluding ESRD; ESRD: end-stage renal disease


Diabetes, CKD, and ESRD are defined through the use of ICD-CM diagnosis codes (9th and 10th revisions) in claims data from Clinformatics Commercial, a large national health insurance provider. These data therefore represent only those patients whose doctors were aware of their patients disease and indicated it as a diagnosis on a claim for a medical service.



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