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In a letter to Administrator Seema Verma of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) last month, ASN expressed its support for Medicare Advantage (MA) expanding access to allow patients with kidney failure to enroll in MA beginning in January 2021. These expanded plans can enable patients to access more choices and additional benefits such as transportation assistance, greater care coordination, or even dental care.

In the MA final rule, CMS took several steps affecting network adequacy in MA plans with some provisions potentially affecting kidney care coverage. The step that has drawn the most attention in the kidney