Policy

Now Available: MIPS 2017 Performance Feedback User Guide

CMS has posted the 2017 Performance Feedback User Guide on CMS.gov to help eligible clinicians and groups understand their 2017 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) performance feedback.

KNO Interview with Ed Simcox, Acting Chief Technology Officer at HHS and liaison to KidneyX

Kidney News Online recently interviewed Edwin Simcox, Acting Chief Technology Officer, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and HHS liaison to KidneyX.

Update to Declaration of Istanbul on Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism

Per the July 2nd, 2018 press release from The Declaration of Istanbul:

"The first new edition of the Declaration of Istanbul on Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism, a seminal document that has helped to guide ethical practice in organ donation and transplantation around the world, was presented today at an international workshop in Madrid, Spain.

KidneyX Town Hall Held at Mt. Sinai Health System

KidneyX_logo_0.PNGIn coordination with the Mt. Sinai Health System and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) hosted a town hall for KidneyX on Tuesday, June 26 in New York, NY.

KidneyX, a public private partnership between ASN and HHS, is a series of prize competitions aimed at accelerating innovation in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of kidney diseases.

ASN Discusses Future of ESRD Bundle with Medicare Leaders

Last week, ASN joined other kidney community stakeholders to meet with leadership at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in Baltimore, MD, to discuss the future of the ESRD Prospective Payment System—more commonly known as “the bundle”—that provides reimbursement for dialysis care.

Changes to chronic kidney care Medicare coverage in passed House legislation

A last-minute addition to the legislative package in the House would extend by three months the period people with chronic kidney failure must wait before they become eligible for Medicare coverage. Lawmakers inserted the change, which is projected to save the government $290 million over a decade, to help pay for their slew of new initiatives aimed at curbing opioid misuse.  The bill passed the House by a vote of 396-14.

New Rule on Association Health Plans Could Weaken Affordable Care Act

The Trump Administration on Tuesday, June 19, unveiled the final rule allowing potentially millions of small businesses and self-employed workers to buy health-insurance plans exempt from many Affordable Care Act (ACA) consumer protections. The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) is reviewing the details of the rule now.

Quality Payment Program Look-Up Tool Now Includes 2018 MIPS Eligibility and Predictive Qualifying APM Participant Data

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated its

New ASN LGBTQ and Ally Member Reception at Kidney Week 2018

The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) is proud to announce the first ever lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer and questioning (LGBTQ) and ally member reception at Kidney Week 2018!

Join us for an evening of networking and gathering to discuss ways of serving LGBTQ patients and supporting LGBTQ members of the kidney community.

The reception will be held in the evening on Friday, October 26, 2018.

ASN's policy priorities advance by joining MedPAC and PEHRC

The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) member, Jonathan Jaffery, MD, MS, MMM, is one of the five newest members who will serve on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC).  Dr. Jaffrey was appointed to serve on MedPAC by Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), on May 30.  At the same time, ASN announced that it has joined the Physicians’ Electronic Health Record Coalition (PEHRC), which is comprised of ASN and 25 other medical societies representing more than 600,000 physicians, who share information to support the use of health information technology (IT).  ASN’s lead nephrologist in the coalition is Daniel E. Weiner, MD, FASN, and chair of the ASN Quality Committee.

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