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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.

ASN and NKF announce Public Awareness Initiative for Advancing American Kidney Health Initiative

Today, the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) announced a new partnership with the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to work on the new Public Awareness Initiative outlined in the Executive Order on Advancing American Kidney Health. The goals are to enhance awareness of kidney disease, educate clinical professionals and spur innovation by entities serving the kidney disease community.

HHS and ASN Announce Members of Newly Formed KidneyX Innovation Accelerator Steering Committee

KidneyX_main.jpgThe US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Chief Technology Officer and ASN announced a diverse group of experts for the new KidneyX Innovation Accelerator steering committee, which will play a critical role in recommending a five-year strategic plan for the initiative, as well as providing guidance for all KidneyX activities and outreach.

Washington Post Opinion Piece Highlights Bipartisan Agreement on Opportunities for Improvement in Organ Procurement

In a Friday, October 4, Washington Post opinion piece, former White House Office of Science and Technology Policy staffer Jennifer Erickson calls for a reform of the current United States organ procurement system.

Medicare Makes Bold Move to Increase Access to Transplants

In a bold move to increase organ transplantation, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS or Medicare) has finalized a proposal “to remove the requirements at § 482.82 (conditions of participation for transplant centers) that require transplant centers to submit clinical experience, outcomes, and other data in order to obtain Medicare re-approval.” The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and other members of the kidney community advocated for this change to reduce the unintended consequences associated with the re-approval process.

ASN Weighs in on ESRD Treatment Choice Model in Letter to CMS

Reducing the benchmark for the combined home dialysis and transplant rate and allowing for incremental achievement of the benchmark, incentivizing and investing wisely to ensure needed practice transformation, and delaying the start date of the ESRD Treatment Choice Model (ETC) until April 2020 are among the recommendations for adjustments to the model set forth in a letter sent to CMS Administrator Seema Verma on behalf of ASN and its members from President Mark E. Rosenberg, MD, FASN.

ASN, the National Kidney Foundation, and the Renal Physicians Association Send Joint Response to CMS Regarding ESRD Treatment Choice Model

In a joint letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator (CMS) Seema Verma, ASN, the National Kidney Foundation (NKF), and the Renal Physicians Association (RPA) laud the Trump administration for its “ambitious agenda for kidney health” and identify five principles the organizations state will lead to “better patient outcomes that should be supported in the proposed ETC Model.”

The following five principles are included in the organizations’ letter to CMS:

Patients Continue to Urge the Senate Support KidneyX Appropriations in New Al.com Op-ed

Following a recent letter to the editor in the Kansas City Star, kidney patients continue to urge their congressional representatives to support KidneyX during the Senate appropriations process.

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