Policy-Advocacy

USRDS 2017 report finds high cost, high burden, low awareness of kidney disease in US

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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MACs Move to Limit Medicare Coverage for Dialysis More than Three Times per Week

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).

CMS release final rule for year 2 of Quality Payment Program rule (QPP)

“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."

The Medicare Physician Compare preview period is here

On October 18, 2017, the

The opioid crisis: What declaring a "National Emergency" would mean

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.

Future of MACRA after Sec. Price no longer head of HHS?

“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?

ASN Strongly Objects to Latest Repeal and Replace Efforts: The Graham-Cassidy Health Care Proposal

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.

Kidney Community Advocacy Day 2017 – September 19th, 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.

ASN supports Hurricane Harvey kidney patient relief efforts

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.

ASN Opposes Proposed Cuts to NIH and F&A Costs

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.

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