The Importance of Advocacy to Nephrology
The Renal Physicians Association (RPA) is the leading advocacy organization for the nephrology community. We have this as one of the highest priorities in order to ensure the nephrologist’s ability to provide the best medical services to kidney patients. One of the most effective tools we have is public policy advocacy. This means RPA works to influence and, where appropriate, change laws, regulations, and public programs to accomplish our mission: to promote optimal care utilizing the highest standards of medical practice for patients with renal and related diseases; to promote and protect the professional status of the discipline of nephrology and to serve as a resource for the development of national health policy affecting renal physicians and their patients.
RPA’s work in public policy elevates our concerns about our ability to provide care to chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients out of the medical practice and into the halls of Congress, state capitals, and even the White House and federal agencies.
RPA seeks to educate, advise, and inform policy makers on issues regarding nephrology care and delivery as laws and policies affecting nephrologists and their patients are developed or refined in Congress. Further, we seek to develop the documents, tools, and resources necessary for all RPA members to participate in advocacy on their own behalf as well.
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