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Kidney Week On-Demand 2019 Now Available

Kidney Week On-Demand 2019 is now available! The site provides recordings and presentation slides from the 2019 ASN Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.

If you were unable to attend or missed a session, now is your chance to access approximately 220 hours of recorded presentations with Kidney Week On-Demand!

ASN Releases Kidney Care First (KCF) Model Calculator to Estimate Reimbursements

The American Society of Nephrology has developed and released the Kidney Care First (KCF) Model Calculator for nephrologists and nephrology practices to help them evaluate how they might perform in the voluntary payment program. The calculator is a guide only and does not calculate every variable that a practice might face; however, it is designed to examine the difference in nephrology practice reimbursement in the status quo versus the KCF Option in the Kidney Care Choices (KCC) Model. This device is intended for practices already considering the KCF Option.

ASN and NKF Complimentary Webinar: Key Features of the Comprehensive Kidney Care Contracting Options

The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and National Kidney Foundation (NKF) are hosting a webinar on the key features of the Comprehensive Kidney Care Contracting Options of the Kidney Care Choices (KCC) payment model on Monday, January 13, 2020, from 2:00-4:30 p.m. ET.

The Kidney Health Initiative Welcomes New FDA Commissioner

KHI_Logo-Horizontal-Color_1.jpgThe Kidney Health Initiative (KHI) sent a congratulatory letter to Stephen Hahn, MD, on his recent confirmation as Commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

House Energy and Commerce Committee Held Hearing on Immunosuppressive Drug Coverage, a Key Legislative Priority of American Society of Nephrology

The House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing on Wednesday, January 8th, on the Comprehensive Immunosuppressive Drug Coverage for Kidney Transplant Patients Act of 2019, advancing a long-standing legislative priority of the American Society of Nephrology.

CMMI releases updated Kidney Care Choices Model (KCC) based on ASN Quality Committee recommendation

After two months of ASN advocacy, led by the ASN Quality Committee, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) today, January 2, 2020, announced adjustments to the proposed Kidney Care Choices (KCC) Model’s basic design. The changes were originally called for by the ASN Quality Committee – just after the model’s unveiling – and were intended to correct a design flaw that made it impossible for many nephrology practices in multi-specialty practices to participate.

ASN Transplant Policy Priorities at Center of Bold New Proposed Rules to Overhaul Organ Procurement and Strengthen Living Donor Support

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) took bold steps today, December 17, in two proposed rules to increase the availability of organs for the 113,000 Americans waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant – 20 of whom die each day – and to strengthen support for Americans who choose to be living donors.  Both proposed rules advance policy changes the American Society of Nephrology has long been advocating for and is strongly supportive of.

ASN Secures $5 Million in Funding for KidneyX

Announced late on Monday, December, 16, KidneyX received $5 million in the compromise government spending package proposed.logo_big_1.png

ASN Communities Year in Review 2019

“We learn as we teach, and this is why I enjoy this forum so much”.

ASN Communities are one of the most popular ASN member benefits used by clinicians, researchers, educators, fellows, and more. Members are engaging with Communities by directly logging into the website or via the Communities App for Apple and Android. This year saw members utilizing Communities for more than just asking questions. During 2019:  

USA Today Opinion Piece in Line with ASN stance on Organ Procurement Reform

In an opinion piece published this week in USAToday.com, contributors Andy Slavitt and Adam Brandon argue that many patients waiting for organ transplants pass away waiting, not due to lack of donors, but because of a “government-run monopoly”. They are referring to organ procurement organizations (OPOs), which are regional organizations in the US “charged with showing up at the hospital and working with the surviving family to coordinate a potential donation”. Research has found that OPOs are inefficient causing “28,000 organs to go uncovered from potential donors each year” in the US.

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