Policy

In Response to COVID-19, States Waiving Medical License Regulations for Workforce Surge

States anticipating potential shortages of health care workers are temporarily relaxing requirements for medical licenses, in the hopes that a volunteer force of out-of-state doctors, retired physicians and medical students can fill the gap. States with flexible laws already on the books have issued emergency declarations and executive orders directing state health departments and medical boards to clear legal obstacles. In other states, legislation has been fast-tracked to create new emergency powers.

AAKP and ASN Advocate for Kidney Patients During COVID-19 Pandemic

Dr Bignall tweet.pngPeople with kidney diseases experience higher risk during health crises like the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sweeping CMS Waivers Give Flexibility to Nephrologists during COVID-19 Crisis

After much urging from the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and other members of the kidney community, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a sweeping

Conducting Clinical Trials During a Pandemic

The growing number of clinical trials the kidney community has enjoyed over the past few years is endangered due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Concerns over the safety of trial participants and investigators are paramount and are leading to rapid changes in the conduct of clinical trials.

ASN and NKF Urge DHS Acting Secretary and FEMA Administrator to Release More PPE from National Stockpile

On March 31, American Society of Nephrology (ASN) President Anupam Agarwal, MD, FASN and National Kidney Foundation (NKF) President Holly Mattix-Kramer, MD, MPH urged Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf and Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Pete Gaynor to accelerate the production and distribution of personal protective equipment (PPE) for health care professionals and vulnerable populations during this national crisis.

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:

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