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Minority Kidney Patients at Increased Risk for COVID-19 Due to Longstanding Structural Inequities

The statistics are startling. As of April 20, African Americans were far more likely than whites to become infected with SARS-CoV-2 and die from COVID-19.

Significant Update from CMS on Voluntary Models and ESCOs, Including Q&A

The Kidney Care Choices (KCC) Model, also known as the “voluntary model”, is moving forward beginning April 1, 2021 – a delay from the original start date of January 1, 2021 – due to the Public Health Emergency (PHE). The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center announced that in addition to delaying the start of the model, the agency will also provide a second window for applications in 2021 for new participants with a starting date for that group of January 1, 2022.

Research Crucial to Combatting Effects of COVID-19 on Kidneys, Kidney Patients

Jan Carrousel 02.jpgAlthough widely thought of as a respiratory ailment, COVID-19 has demonstrated its ability to impact multiple organs. For those with existing kidney disease, the dangers of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus are especially stark.

ASN and NKF Recommend Policies to HHS for Reopening America

The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) sent policy recommendations to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that urged the Administration to consider the unique needs of the 37 million Americans affected by kidney disease and the physicians who care for them as the country reopens.

ASN Continues Advocacy for International Medical Graduates’ Visa Flexibility During COVID-19

Responding to requests from members and building on long-time policy priorities, ASN recently made significant progress in addressing concerns about federal policy related to graduates of international medical schools.

ASN Leads Kidney Community Letter to Congress on Emergency Supplemental Funding for NIDDK and KidneyX

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a uniquely significant impact on the kidney community: kidney patients are at elevated risk, kidney failure is one of the consequences many people who contract COVID-19 face, and the pandemic has accelerated several trends in kidney medicine, including the prioritization of telehealth and more home-based care.

CMS Establishes Reimbursement Parity Between Telephonic Visits and Office and Outpatient Visits

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.

Joint statement ASN, ERA EDTA, ISN: Ensuring optimal care for people with kidney diseases during the COVID-19 pandemic

The American Society of Nephrology (ASN), the European Renal Association – European Dialysis and Transplant Association (ERA-EDTA), and the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) released a joint statement today. The statement emphasizes the need for appropriate care for dialysis patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Patients Are Facing Serious Transportation Challenges, Especially to Dialysis Facilities During COVID-19

ASN is hearing from nephrologists in multiple COVID-19 hot spots that their patients are facing serious logistical transportation challenges, specifically with ensuring COVID-19 patients can access safe transportation to dialysis facilities. The ramifications are significant and include barriers to discharging kidney failure patients with COVID-19 from hospitals, risks of admitting patients to hospitals who cannot get to dialysis facilities, and risks of spreading COVID-19 during transportation.

HHS Office of Civil Rights Releases Crisis Standards of Care in a Resource-Constrained Setting During COVID-19

ASN Main Color.pngThe COVID-19 pandemic is placing a strain on states and hospital systems across the nation as they face the challenge of limited medical resources, including ventilators.