Dialysis

CARES Act to Improve Options for People on Home Dialysis

People who receive dialysis at home, and the nephrologists who care for them, need additional options in order to receive care, and reduce risk of infection, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to the work of the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and other members of the kidney community, important actions to protect these vulnerable patients have been enacted into law.

Critical clarification from CMS: PD catheter and vascular access placement is essential

After much dialogue with the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and other members of the kidney community, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) today clarified its guidance on deferring nonessential surgical procedures during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.

25 Winners Announced for the KidneyX Patient Innovator Challenge

logo_big@2x.pngThe winners of the KidneyX Patient Innovator Challenge, funded by the National Kidney Foundation (NKF), were announced by Deputy Secretary of the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Eric Hargan, on Thursday March 26 during NKF’s live-virtual 2020 Spring Clinical Meeting.

AKF Coronavirus Emergency Fund Provides Grants to Recent Kidney Transplant or Dialysis Patients

Donation_form_safety_net_emergency_patients.pngThe American Kidney Fund (AKF) opened applications for the AKF Coronavirus Emergency Fund on March 23, 2020. The fund aims to provide recent kidney transplant or current dialysis patients who demonstrate financial need with a one-time grant of $250 that may be used for food, medications, transportation, or other treatment essentials.

CMS: Further guidance on telehealth, exceptions and extensions for quality measure reporting and data submission

Given the enormous impact of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) on the healthcare system, the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and other members of the kidney community have requested regulatory relief for clinicians and facilities on multiple fronts over the past few weeks. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and other agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services are responding in kind. The following is an update for ASN members on several major steps of importance to nephrologists and their patients that CMS has taken, particularly:

Update released from ASN President Anupam Agarwal to all ASN members regarding COVID-19

asn logo small_0.jpgOn Friday, March 20, ASN President Anupam Agarwal, MD, FASN issued an email to all ASN members addressing the COVID-19 pandemic and how ASN is responding.

ASN President Anupam Agarwal, MD, FASN, meets with President Donald Trump

Calling attention to the unique needs of kidney patients in the COVID-19 Pandemic and advocating for specific policy changes to meet those needs was ASN President Anupam Agarwal, MD, FASN’s focus during a meeting Wednesday afternoon with President Donald Trump. The meeting also included Vice President Mike Pence, US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M.

ASN Recommends Temporary Policy Changes to Trump Administration Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

The approximately 500,000 Americans on dialysis and 222,000 Americans with kidney transplants are among the most vulnerable to the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. ASN is coordinating with the federal government to address the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the highest quality of care for those affected by kidney disease.

In a letter to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary, Alex Azar, ASN suggests multiple temporary policy changes in the context of this pandemic that affect those living with kidney disease including:

Teleheath Waiver: Due to COVID-19, Medicare opening telehealth to non-public facing applications

In the wake of the Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic, the Medicare program is expanding telehealth coverage enabling clinicians to provide a wider range of health care services to their patients without those patients having to travel to a health care facility thereby reducing exposure. The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) strongly supports this bold move. Retroactive to March 6, 2020, Medicare, under waiver authority, will temporarily allow and pay clinicians to provide telehealth services for beneficiaries residing across the entire country.

Summary of ASN/NephJC Twitter Chat: COVID-19 and the Kidneys

Gretchen Brandt MD, FASN - Washington, DC
 

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