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. Together with representatives from kidney patient organizations, dialysis organizations, and device manufacturers, ASN discussed with CMS the need for a mechanism to add new products to the bundle.
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. However, plans will still be barred from discriminating against or charging more for individuals with pre-existing conditions. The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) is reviewing the details of the rule now.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated its Quality Payment Program Look-Up Tool, yesterday on June 14th, to allow clinicians to view 2018 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligibility and Alternative Payment Model (APM) Qualifying APM Participant (QP) data—in one place. Additionally, the look-up tool name was changed from the MIPS Participation Status Tool to the Quality Payment Program Participation Status Tool to reflect the changes CMS made.
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 societiesrepresenting 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.