Policy

NKF and ASN Form Joint Task Force to Focus on Use of Race in eGFR

In August of 2020, the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) and the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) formed a joint task force to focus on the use of race to estimate GFR. For more information, please read the joint NKF-ASN statement on “Establishing a Task Force to Reassess the Inclusion of Race in Diagnosing Kidney Diseases.”

Statement from the American Society of Nephrology on the End-Stage Renal Disease Treatment Choices Model

The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) commends the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and its Innovation Center (CMMI) for finalizing the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Treatment Choices (ETC) Model today. This model will herald positive changes to care for the more than 37 million Americans with kidney diseases, including more patient choice, increased utilization of home dialysis, and greater access to transplantation, options for which ASN has long advocated.

CR Recognizes Importance of ASN-NKF Joint Task Force on Examining Race Adjustments in eGFR

Consumer Reports (CR) recently published an article, “Medical Algorithms Have a Race Problem,” which recognized the potential impact ASN and the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) could have through their joint task force to reassess the inclusion of race in diagnosing kidney disease.  

We Must Support Research to Advance Care

Center for Scientific Review’s Elimination of Study Section Perilous to Kidney Community

The Center for Scientific Review (CSR) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) oversees peer review of NIH grant applications. CSR recently announced a change to study sections that will have a significant effect on the kidney community.

CMS Issues Essential COVID-19 Guidance for Dialysis Facilities

Ensure kidney patients get the vascular access surgeries they need, and don’t delay kidney transplant surgeries. 

These two directives formed the centerpiece of recent guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), “Key Components for Continued COVID-19 Management for Dialysis Facilities,” released Monday, August 17, 2020. 

CMS Plans Changes to Nephrology Payments

 

Changes ASN has long pushed for will be implemented.

Nephrologists will receive a boost in payments – especially in the rate for reimbursement for home dialysis – made to them by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). ASN is proud to have played a significant role by pushing for this change that will begin January 1, 2021.  This move is long overdue and reflects the priority placed on kidney care by the Executive Order on Advancing American Kidney Health of July 2019 and its focus on increasing rates of home dialysis.

Statement on Executive Order on Improving Rural Health and Telehealth Access from ASN President Anupam Agarwal MD, FASN

www.asn-online.org_0.jpgThe American Society of Nephrology’s (ASN) 21,000 members, who care for 37,000,000 Americans with kidney diseases, applaud the Trump Administration for issuing the Executive Order on Improving Rural Health and Telehealth Access on August 3, 2020.

ASN President Agarwal Calls for Passage of the Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act in The Hill

www.asn-online.org_0.jpgAnupam Agarwal, MD, FASN, ASN President highlights the important role that international medical graduates (IMGs) play in the nation’s health care workforce and fight against COVID-19 in a recent opinion piece for The Hill.

Latest Senate COVID-19 Package Includes $200M in Supplemental Funding for NIDDK

There is a growing evidence that COVID-19 negatively affects the kidneys and that the pandemic places an additional burden on people living with kidney diseases. The American Society and Nephrology (ASN) led the kidney community in urging Congressional appropriators to support $100 million in emergency supplemental funding for the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).

In receiving Joint Accreditation status from ACCME, ASN will continue its exceptional commitment to education

On July 27, 2020, the governing bodies of Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Accreditation Program (ANCC) granted the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) with Joint Accreditation for 6 years.

What does this mean for ASN and the community it serves? ASN is now simultaneously accredited to provide medical, nursing and pharmacy continuing education activities through a single process, without needing to obtain separate accreditations.

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