Policy

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.

August 30, 2017

To provide a continuity of care for displaced kidney dialysis patients in need of treatment, the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) is joining efforts by the American Kidney Fund (AKF) and the Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) coalition.

August 24, 2017

The American Society of Nephrology and more than 100 organizations from the broader medical research community united to express opposition to the Administration’s proposed 21% cut in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) budget and drastic reductions in NIH support for facilities and administrative (F&A) costs. The united stance is included in a letter delivered Wednesday, August 23, to the Office of Management & Budget Director John Michael Mulvaney and Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Thomas E. Price, MD.

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."

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