Leading Edge

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.

Q&A with ASN's Policy Team on Current Advocacy During COVID-19

Health professionals are facing a barrage of unexpected challenges when caring for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Addressing these challenges often requires sustained effort by policy experts, who make the case to government and regulatory agencies when urgent, sometimes unprecedented changes, must be enacted to provide the best possible care. Members of the ASN policy team have successfully advocated for a number of key changes during this crisis.

Visa Issues Could Sideline Some Nephrologists, Critical During COVID-19

Every physician is critical in the battle against COVID-19, but some may soon find themselves sidelined—not by the illness but by the complexities of a U.S. visa process, which can leave applicants in limbo as they transition from one legal status to another.

In a March 2020 letter, ASN asked congressional leaders to encourage the administration to enact policies to make sure no law-abiding physician or medical resident who wants to come to or remain in the United States is prevented from doing so. The letter called for:

Podcast – COVID-19 Update: On the Front Lines in New York City

This podcast covers a COVID-19 update from Dr. Barbara Murphy who is on the ground in New York City, a current hotspot in the US for COVID-19 cases.

Opportunities and Challenges for Kidney Failure Patients in Medicare Advantage Plans for CY2021

The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) provided comments and critique of the proposed rule on Medicare Advantage (MA) for 2021 and 2022 on April 6, 2020. In 2021, by law, MA plans will be open to patients with kidney failure as opposed to those who were already enrolled in MA plans before advancing to kidney failure and remain enrolled after kidney failure.   

Upcoming Webinar on COVID-19: Considerations in the Home Dialysis Setting

Please tune in on Thursday, April 9, to an ASN webinar titled COVID-19: Considerations in the Home Dialysis Setting.

This complimentary, 60-minute webinar will address key areas of concern in the management of people dialyzing at home in the era of COVID-19.

Key topic areas will include:

Joint Statement from ASN and ACEP on appropriate use of emergency departments during the COVID-19 pandemic

The American Society of Nephrology and the American College of Emergency Physicians issue this joint statement on the appropriate use of emergency departments (ED) during the COVID-19 pandemic.