Duo Health Partners with Desert Kidney Associates for First-of-its-Kind Value-Based Care Model in Arizona

Duo Health Partners with Desert Kidney Associates for First-of-its-Kind Value-Based Care Model in Arizona

Duo Health Partners with Desert Kidney Associates for First-of-its-Kind Value-Based Care Model in Arizona

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Duo Health announced today a first-of-its-kind partnership in Arizona with Desert Kidney Associates (DKA), a nephrology practice with longstanding community ties. Duo Health is a new type of value-based medical group purpose-built to manage chronic kidney disease (CKD) and end-stage kidney disease (ESKD) in collaborative relationships with nephrology and multi-specialty practices. Duo Health brings advanced technology, a proven clinical model and deep domain expertise in patient engagement to give unmatched participation by nephrologists in the value the partnership creates together.

The prevalence of CKD and ESKD represents a public health crisis for the 1 in 7 American adults with CKD and 1 in 3 at risk, and its status quo treatment contributes significantly to higher costs of care and health inequity in the United States.

“The Duo in our name refers to the sacred bond between patient and clinician, but also our innovative partnership model with our clinical peers in the communities we serve. We are extremely selective in our choice of partners and are thrilled to assist DKA in their transition to value-based care,” said Dr. Richard Barager, Chief Medical Officer at Duo Health. “By addressing the unique needs of those with kidney disease through a personalized approach, providing easier access to clinical care and engaging patients more deeply in their treatment plans, we can achieve better health outcomes, reduce the cost of care and offer a better quality of life for patients across Arizona.”

“For decades Desert Kidney Associates has been a mainstay in Arizona and has dedicated itself to providing accessible, compassionate kidney care to the communities we serve,” said Dr. Mandeep Sahani, nephrologist at Desert Kidney Associates. “Our patients have always been at the center of what we do and together with Duo Health, we have an opportunity to expand the reach of our practice, delivering in-home care and a simplified, better-connected healthcare experience. This innovative partnership will help more patients manage their disease to enjoy more healthy days and a better quality of life.”

About Duo Health:

Duo Health (“Duo”) is a new type of medical group designed around the needs of patients with chronic kidney disease and their physicians. Duo’s unique Health Mobilization™ platform partners multidisciplinary care teams with community nephrologists and activates all the other clinicians, facilities, and community organizations necessary to treat the whole patient on their own terms. The Duo Health team is comprised of leaders in value-based health care, technology and behavioral science who share a vision for advancing health equity one relationship at a time.

About Desert Kidney Associates:

Desert Kidney Associates, PLC has dedicated itself to being advocates for renal care in the community. Our mission is to meet the varied needs of the patient each and every time, provide excellence in healthcare and work towards the ultimate goal of improving the quality of life of our patients. It is our promise to ensure peace of mind through caring, compassionate, and committed treatment, and to respect a patient’s right to be an active participant in their healthcare decisions. Finally, we promise to hold our practice and staff to the highest standards of integrity, honesty, and ethics.


Sara Hightower