Nephrology practice solutions names new chief medical officer

Nephrology Practice Solutions (NPS) today announced that Dr. Thao Truong Pascual has assumed the role of chief medical officer (CMO). As a subsidiary of DaVita, NPS owns or manages nephrology practices throughout the U.S. that manage care for patients with chronic kidney disease.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Pascual as chief medical officer,” said Dr. Jeff Giullian, chief medical officer for DaVita. “She has a long history with DaVita, and her passion for clinical excellence and innovative care align with our vision to positively change kidney care. Moving the industry toward value-based chronic kidney disease and end-stage kidney disease care requires bold medical leadership and a desire to collaborate across the care continuum, which Dr. Pascual offers.”

Practices that affiliate with NPS receive enhanced practice management expertise and innovative data and technology that can reduce administrative burden. This creates opportunity for greater physician and practice focus on the change from fee-for-service to value-based care, including integrated care delivery, population health and improved patient experience at every site of care—including patients treating at home.

“NPS is specifically structured to support nephrology practices caring for medically complex patients in a holistic manner,” said Dr. Pascual. “In my new role, I look forward to working side-by-side with nephrologists and care providers to deliver integrated care that can help keep patients healthy and help practices operate more efficiently.”

Dr. Pascual has devoted her career to caring for chronically ill, high-risk, complex patients. Consistent with DaVita’s 10 year focus on CKD care, she will continue to focus on holistic kidney health in her new role.

Currently, a practicing nephrologist at NPS-affiliated Snohomish Kidney Institute, Dr. Pascual is board-certified in internal medicine and nephrology. She graduated from Harvard Medical School and completed her internal medicine residency and nephrology fellowship at the University of Washington Affiliated Hospitals. Additionally, Dr. Pascual has served as the medical director for in-center hemodialysis patients at DaVita Everett Dialysis since 2008 and DaVita Pilchuck Dialysis Centers since 2014.

In February 2020, NPS Physicians Pittsburgh, an NPS-affiliated practice, acquired Partners in Nephrology and Endocrinology (PINE). NPS now owns or manages practices in eight states. NPS practices furnish care to over 4,000 patients with diabetes and kidney disease, and NPS provides enhanced management services to physician practices that support over 18,000 patients with the same health issues. –PRNewswire

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