Policy

December 4, 2017

Around 17% of American adults have chronic kidney diseases (CKD), and the rate of prevalence is higher U.S. Veterans. CKD, if not treated appropriately, can ultimately lead to kidney failure requiring either dialysis or a transplant.


A new mobile app is needed that provides autonomy and personalized features to help patients make informed food choices.

November 28, 2017

Before Thanksgiving, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, by a vote of 227 to 205. The vote largely fell along party lines, with no Democrats voting for the bill.  The House bill has several provisions of concern to the American Society of Nephrology (ASN), including one that could devastate the pipeline of future scientists.

November 13, 2017

The recent annual report released by the United States Renal Data System (USRDS) found the following highlights:


Children with Kidney Failure

Fewer children under five years old with kidney failure are dying. Mortality one year after kidney failure has dropped by nearly half over the past decade.


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November 9, 2017

Recently, there have been some very troubling developments involving the Medicare Administrative Contractors – the MACs – that has ASN and other members of the kidney community highly concerned.  The MACs, within a short window of time, have announced plans to limit reimbursement for dialysis that occurs more than three times per week exclusively to patients that meet specific acute conditions. The conditions have been outlined in a draft Local Coverage Determination (LCD).

November 4, 2017

“Following the transition year and ahead of the full implementation in year 3, CMS made provisions to the Quality Payment Program to make it easier for clinicians to participate in the program, reduce burden, and to get clinicians ready for full implementation."

October 23, 2017

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October 20, 2017

See a breakdown of the Trump administration's work toward declaring the opioid crisis a "National Emergency". In addition, find out how emergency declaration could allow states to expand residential addiction treatment.

October 6, 2017

“The 2018 MACRA proposed rule was the first draft with Price’s involvement after he emphasized that he wanted to reduce reporting burdens and allow clinicians to focus on patient care. His rhetoric proved true as the proposed rule excluded more clinicians from having to participate while also making it easier to avoid a penalty.

Now that he is gone, what will happen to the final rule that is set to be released in November 2017?

How will clinicians plan for 2018… without a solid MACRA rule in place?

September 25, 2017

American Society of Nephrology (ASN) President Eleanor D. Lederer, MD, FASN, wrote to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) today expressing ASN’s strong objections to the Graham-Cassidy health care proposal under consideration in the US Senate this week.

September 18, 2017

Advocates from the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and 21 other healthcare organizations are meeting with Representatives and Senators today to urge Congress to increase investments in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and to cosponsor and pass the Living Donor Protection Act (H.R. 1270), legislation that eliminates barriers to living donation.

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