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USA Today Opinion Piece in Line with ASN stance on Organ Procurement Reform

In an opinion piece published this week in USAToday.com, contributors Andy Slavitt and Adam Brandon argue that many patients waiting for organ transplants pass away waiting, not due to lack of donors, but because of a “government-run monopoly”. They are referring to organ procurement organizations (OPOs), which are regional organizations in the US “charged with showing up at the hospital and working with the surviving family to coordinate a potential donation”. Research has found that OPOs are inefficient causing “28,000 organs to go uncovered from potential donors each year” in the US.

ASN Policy Q&A on Payment Models: Fact or Fiction? Plus: An ASN and NKF Webinar to Help You Decide the Best Program for Your Practice

ASN Policy Q&A on the Advancing American Kidney Health initiative and the Nephrology Payment Models Part 3


The American Society of Nephrology and the Department of Health and Human Services launch $1.5 million Phase 2 of prize competition to redesign dialysis

Today, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) launched the second phase of KidneyX: Redesign Dialysis, a prize competition that seeks to transform kidney care. Redesign Dialysis is part of a series of KidneyX prize competitions to catalyze the development of innovative solutions that can prevent, diagnose, and treat kidney diseases.

Kidney Health Needs Radical Innovation and Nephrology Must Lead the Way

Focusing on the intensity of the executive branch’s sweeping proposals to radically change kidney care – and the transformational implications therein – the plenary session on November 9 at Kidney Week was far from ordinary. The State-of-the Art Lecture, “Perspectives on Innovation and Transformation in Kidney Care,” served as a crucible to distill down what should, and must, happen at this point to deliver a brighter future for people with kidney diseases.

HHS-wide Forum on Advancing American Kidney Health Details Voluntary Payment Models Exclusively for Kidney Week Attendees

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) officials from the office of the Secretary, office of the Chief Technology Officer (OTC), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the Innovation Center at CMS, came together for an HHS-wide Forum on the Executive Order on Advancing American Kidney Health (AAKH), especially the Kidney Care Choices (KCC) model on Thursday, November 7, at Kidney Week 2019.  The session was standing room only with a very engaged audience.

Details of the Kidney Care Choices (KCC) Model – Voluntary Model in the Advancing American Kidney Health Initiative (AAKH)

You can learn more about the KCC Model of the AAKH initiative by joining a series of webinars being hosted by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI).

In Case You Missed It: HHS Secretary Alex Azar speaks to open Kidney Week 2019

During the first plenary session of Kidney Week 2019, the ASN President’s Medal was awarded by ASN President Dr. Mark E. Rosenberg. The medal recognizes individuals who are not ASN members but who nonetheless have helped to advance ASN’s mission.

ASN President Mark E. Rosenberg, MD, FASN, Issues Statement on CMS Kidney Care Choices Model

"The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) welcomes the introduction of the voluntary Kidney Care Choices (KCC) Model, and its four kidney care payment options, addressing key aspects of the Executive Order on Advancing American Kidney Health (AAKH). This voluntary model will be a true game changer and brings desperately needed, sweeping changes to care for people with kidney diseases. ASN has long advocated for key elements of this model, and I thank HHS Secretary Azar and his entire team for putting forward such a visionary approach for the future of kidney care. 

HHS releases details on the voluntary kidney care payment options of the Kidney Care Choices (KCC) Model

After a long period of consultation with ASN and others in the kidney community, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex M. Azar, II, yesterday unveiled the four voluntary kidney care payment options of the Kidney Care Choices (KCC) Model that are a part of the Advancing American Kidney Health (AAKH) initiative. ASN President Mark E. Rosenberg, MD, FASN, calls the AAKH initiative “a true game changer.”

KHI To Design Patient Preference Survey for Innovative RRT Devices

KHI_Logo-Horizontal-Color.jpgAsking people with kidney failure what matters to them is critical for patient centered innovation. If that information can be collected in a scientifically rigorous way, it can inform industry and regulatory decision making.

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