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Combined_Logos_1553485_0.jpg On Thursday, May 14, 2020, from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. EDT, ASN, ANNA, and NANT will present a webinar to examine the mental health challenges of kidney professionals practicing during the COVID-19 pandemic and explore resources and techniques that will support their mental health. Presenters will:

David White

After a concerted advocacy effort by the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and a large coalition of medical societies, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced it is increasing payments for audio-only telephone visits to match payments for similar office and outpatient visits. This would increase payments for these services from a range of about $14-$41 to about $46-$110. CMS made the payments retroactive to March 1, 2020. CMS previously announced that Medicare would pay for certain services conducted by audio-only telephone between patients and clinicians when video capabilities were not available. ASN helped coordinate efforts to request this move through the Council of Medical Specialty Societies and joined the request of the Council of Subspecialty Societies.

Nicole Fauteux

Every physician is critical in the battle against COVID-19, but some may soon find themselves sidelined—not by the illness but by the complexities of a U.S. visa process, which can leave applicants in limbo as they transition from one legal status to another.

In a March 2020 letter, ASN asked congressional leaders to encourage the administration to enact policies to make sure no law-abiding physician or medical resident who wants to come to or remain in the United States is prevented from doing so. The letter called for:

Susan Willner

“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:  

Susan Willner

Members from over 180 countries continue to regularly engage in ASN Communities .  In just three years, there have been almost 140,000 unique logins to the Communities.  The educational value of Communities was recognized in 2019 by the Kidney Week program committee when they accepted a submission about the international and educational value of Communities.  Members helping and supporting each other dealing with complex clinical cases, educational challenges, policy initiatives and more have created an online educational asset that has become a key value of ASN Membership.  

ASN Staff

A study1 released earlier this week in JAMA studied the question of whether dialysis facility ownership is associated with access to kidney transplantation.

Historically, for-profit dialysis facilities have had lower kidney transplantation rates for their patients, but it was previously unknown “if the patterns holds for living donor and deceased donor kidney transplantation, varies by facility ownership, or has persisted over time in a nationally representative population [US].”jama-logo - Copy_0.jpg

ASN Staff

CMS Webinar: Voluntary Kidney Models - Overview

Learn details of the four new voluntary kidney payment models this Thursday, August 15 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. EDT

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation is hosting its first webinar on the Kidney Care First and Comprehensive Kidney Care Contracting models . These models are designed to complement the ESRD Treatment Choices model, which will be mandatory for 50% of U.S. nephrologists starting in 2020.

ASN Staff

Pre-publication review and dispute for the Program Year 2018 Open Payments data is available beginning today April 1, 2019 through May 15, 2019. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will publish the Open Payments Program Year 2018 data and updates to the previous program years’ data in June 2019

Physician and teaching hospital review of the data is voluntary, but strongly encouraged. Please keep in mind the following:

David White

In a packed session of the National Quality Forum (NQF) in Washington, DC today, Adam Boehler, Deputy Administrator for CMS and Director and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), spoke about an upcoming comprehensive kidney care model being developed by CMMI and written about previously in KNO – as well as his vision of the role of quality and quality measurement in healthcare overall. Boehler spoke about CMMI’s intention to test a kidney model that includes late-stage kidney diseases (stages IV and V), kidney failure, and transplantation. Speaking of the current kidney care delivery paradigm, he said kidney care “is an area that cannot stay static.” ASN leaders and staff have been meeting with Deputy Administrator Boehler and his staff to discuss ideas for the comprehensive kidney care model.

ASN Staff

March is National Kidney Month and to celebrate, Kidney News Online and In The Loop are highlighting the top 20 ways the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and the ASN Foundation for Kidney Research are increasing interest in nephrology careers.

Together, ASN and the ASN Foundation for Kidney Research: