The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) Department of Policy and Public Affairs team has received numerous questions from interested members and from the broader kidney community on the recent Executive Order on Advancing American Kidney Health and the accompanying Department of Health and Human Services report highlighting specific initiatives. In order to engage with our members, we will be running a series in Kidney News Online that addresses these questions. This is the first piece in that series.
In the first major transformation in kidney care in almost 50 years, the Trump Administration announced the Advancing the American Kidney Health initiative on July 10, 2019. The comprehensive kidney health strategy will bring sweeping changes to care for people with kidney diseases, including more choices for dialysis modalities, greater access to transplantation, and concerted support for development of innovative therapies, including artificial kidneys.
On Wednesday July 24, 2019, the ASN policy team hosted an exclusive webinar discussing the Advancing American Kidney Health initiative (AAKH) – the first public webinar to examine the initiative. The webinar had over 400 attendees and fostered an engaging discussion about the initiative's goals.
The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) is hosting an exclusive webinar on the Advancing American Kidney Health initiative on Wednesday, July 24, 2019, from 2:00-2:45 p.m. EDT.
Hear an overview of the Executive Order launching the initiative, an overview of the forthcoming new payment models, and discuss the report from the office of Assistant Secretary of Planning and Evaluation. The webinar is free to attend.
Raymond C Harris MD CoChair of the Kidney Health Initiative and John R Sedor MD Chair of the KidneyX Steering Committee
“We are going to prioritize a truly transformative goal: the development of an artificial kidney." - President Donald J. Trump
Last week, the Department of Health Human Services (HHS) and the White House announced a set of sweeping new policies, initiated by the leadership of HHS Secretary Alex Azar II, intended to improve the lives of the 37,000,000 people in the United States with kidney diseases. This is a nearly unprecedented level of government investment and national attention for kidney diseases. As a result, people with kidney diseases have real reason to hope that treatment options will improve for them and future kidney patients.
The President’s Executive Order, issued in conjunction with the Advancing American Kidney Health Initiative, calls for new payment models for kidney physicians. Here’s a brief rundown of how the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation propose they would work.
Wednesday, July 10, the Trump administration will announce a new Department of Health and Human Services-wide (HHS) Comprehensive Kidney Care strategy. ASN and other kidney care groups have been working and meeting with Administration officials, including Secretary Alex M. Azar, II, all year providing input and recommendations for inclusion of in the new strategy.
On behalf of the more than 40 million children, adolescents, and adults living with kidney diseases in the United States, the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) applauds the House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations (LHHS) Subcommittee for their support of a Fiscal Year 2020 budget of $41.1 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), an increase of $2 billion above the 2019 enacted level. ASN represents more than 20,000 physicians, scientists, nurses, and other health professionals dedicated to treating and studying kidney diseases to improve the lives of people with kidney diseases.
On Monday, April 29, the House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations (LHHS) Subcommittee released their Fiscal Year 2020 budget. The draft provides a total of $41.1 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), an increase of $2 billion above the 2019 enacted level and $6.9 billion above President Trump’s budget request.
The LHHS increase is a direct result of the countless emails, meetings, and phone calls made by members of the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) to their legislators and constitute a significant victory for the more than 40 million Americans living with kidney diseases. While the LHHS appropriations falls short of ASN’s request from earlier this year for $2.5 billion for NIH, with a proportional increase to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), the appropriated increase is a welcome effort to sustain current research levels and keep pace with medical inflation.
Announced today during the 2019 inaugural KidneyX Summit, the House Appropriations Committee released the draft 2020 FY funding bill for Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS). The bill will be considered in subcommittee tomorrow, April 30th.
Importantly, for the Kidney Innovation Accelerator (KidneyX), $10 million has been included in the bill for KidneyX, the public-private partnership between HHS and ASN “to accelerate the development and adoption of novel therapies and technologies to improve the diagnosis and treatment of kidney diseases.”