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CMMI releases updated Kidney Care Choices Model (KCC) based on ASN Quality Committee recommendation

After two months of ASN advocacy, led by the ASN Quality Committee, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) today, January 2, 2020, announced adjustments to the proposed Kidney Care Choices (KCC) Model’s basic design. The changes were originally called for by the ASN Quality Committee – just after the model’s unveiling – and were intended to correct a design flaw that made it impossible for many nephrology practices in multi-specialty practices to participate.

ASN Transplant Policy Priorities at Center of Bold New Proposed Rules to Overhaul Organ Procurement and Strengthen Living Donor Support

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) took bold steps today, December 17, in two proposed rules to increase the availability of organs for the 113,000 Americans waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant – 20 of whom die each day – and to strengthen support for Americans who choose to be living donors.  Both proposed rules advance policy changes the American Society of Nephrology has long been advocating for and is strongly supportive of.

ASN Secures $5 Million in Funding for KidneyX

Announced late on Monday, December, 16, KidneyX received $5 million in the compromise government spending package proposed.logo_big_1.png

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.

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