Strive Health and Orange County, California’s Largest Nephrology Group Launch Innovative Partnership to Improve Kidney Care

DENVER-(BUSINESS WIRE)–Southern California Kidney Consultants (SCKC), the largest nephrology group based in Orange County, California, and Denver-based Strive Health have launched a new partnership to provide higher quality, cost-effective kidney care to Medicare beneficiaries in Southern California. Through the partnership, Strive and SCKC share the financial benefits, management and risk management of Medicare and Medicare Advantage plans and Independent Physician Associations (IPAs) to improve outcomes and reduce costs.

The partnership includes 21 providers based primarily in Orange County who serve 5,000 patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and end-stage kidney disease (ESKD). With overall support from Strive, a national leader in value-based kidney care, SCKC aims to prevent the progression of kidney disease.

The CDC estimates that kidney disease affects 37 million adults, or 15% of US adults, including more than 38% of those over age 65. Kidney disease accounts for $410 billion in unmanageable annual medical costs, indicating the need for payment models that are based on outcomes.

“We know that our commitment to value-based models will make our practice a leader in the community. We have evaluated several partners to help us on our journey and are confident that Strive offers the strongest vision, capabilities and team in value-based kidney care. We could not be more excited about what this partnership means for our patients and our practice,” said Dr. Nirav Gandhi of SCKC.

Strive and SCKC have jointly created a new entity that contracts with Medicare, Medicare Advantage plans and IPAs to assume risk for outcomes and costs for their kidney disease patient populations. Strive will provide SCKC with access to data and technology resources, administrative support, management expertise and an interdisciplinary clinical care team that includes nurse practitioners, dietitians, pharmacists, care coordinators and licensed clinical social workers. These team members serve as an extension of the nephrologist’s office and help manage co-morbidities, such as diabetes, that can affect a patient’s overall health.

SCKC will also use Strive’s proprietary technology platform, which collects data from hundreds of sources to gain a holistic view of the patient experience. This information can help paint a picture of the risk of hospitalization or disease progression, helping nephrologists better tailor care to each individual’s needs.

“We are enabling leading nephrology groups to intervene earlier based on data, improving the patient experience and making expensive treatments less necessary.” SCKC has leaned on these innovations, and the group and their patients are well-positioned to succeed in the future of kidney care,” said Ben Kuhn, senior vice president of provider solutions at Strive Health.

Strive manages over 56,000 CKD and ESKD patients through partnerships with nephrologists and other care arrangements with payers and providers. Earlier in 2022, Strive signed an innovative nephrologist-led partnership with the nation’s largest nephrology group, Nephrology Associates of Northern Illinois and Indiana (NANI).


Strive Health is a national leader in value-based kidney care and the partner of choice for innovative payers and healthcare providers. Using a unique combination of care teams, predictive analytics, advanced technology and seamless integration with local providers, Strive forms an integrated care delivery system that supports the entire patient journey from CKD to ESRD. Strive partners with Medicare Advantage merchants and payers, Medicare, health systems and physicians through flexible value-based payment agreements, including risk-based programs. Strive’s case management and population health programs are accredited by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), and its technology platform, CareMultiplier™, is HITRUST certified. For more information visit TwitterLinkedIn or or email [email protected]

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