Policy

August 15, 2017

Last week, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) sent a new rule to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) which “would cancel the mandatory bundled payment programs for heart attacks and bypass surgeries as well as the expansion of the existing Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement model to include surgical treatments for hip and femur fractures. Those bundled payment initiatives have already been delayed twice. They’re currently slated to take effect Jan. 1, 2018”.

July 28, 2017

Is a headline that has run many times over the past few months, but the current Republican healthcare reform effort was certainly dealt a serious, if not lethal, blow early Friday morning, July 28.

July 26, 2017

In response to concerns of the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and peer societies, the House of Representatives unanimously passed a package of legislation on Tuesday, July 25th that includes important provisions that would expand the use of telehealth to facilitate the use of home dialysis.

July 24, 2017

Reflecting the concerns the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) has been raising regarding healthcare reform efforts in recent weeks, the society is encouraging ASN members to contact their Senators and ask them to “Vote No” in the upcoming debate. 

July 14, 2017

American Society of Nephrology (ASN) President Eleanor D. Lederer, MD, FASN, has issued a response to the release on Thursday, July 13, of a revised version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) that is intended to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Dr. Lederer states “Unfortunately, the revised bill fails to address significant shortcomings present in the original bill and will adversely impact the health of millions of Americans, including those with kidney diseases."

July 14, 2017

See detailed information regarding the revised BCRA, the cuts it would make to ACA Regulations, and the tax implications.

July 10, 2017

If the cuts to Medicaid proposed under the Senate's Better Care Reconciliation Act were enacted, a health care advisory firm specializing in rural health care projects that nearly half of all rural hospitals would operate at a loss.

July 5, 2017

Almost a third of questions asked on recent internal medicine-MOC examinations were not relevant to general practice, according to a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

June 30, 2017

It is unclear whether or not the Better Care Reconciliation Act will enjoy the same fate. The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) certainly hopes not as witnessed with ASN’s publicly declared concerns about the bill earlier this week.  Regardless, we will not have to wait long to find out. With only ten legislative days in July before a month long August recess, the Senate doesn’t have much wiggle room on the calendar to complete its objective.

Let’s look at where we are in this process and how we got here.

June 30, 2017

ASN has urged the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Survey and Certification Group to delay implementation and foster dialogue regarding a policy concerning saline syringe filling practices. The policy is set to take effect by Sunday, July 2, 2017.  Addressed to state survey agency directors, the memorandum states that “ESRD facilities may not fill syringes with saline from the single dose saline bag or IV tubing connected to the patient at the dialysis station” whenever possible. 

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