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Policy Discussions at Kidney Week 2018: A patient-centered focus

Following an aspirational policy-oriented kick-off at Kidney Week, I found that the second day of Kidney Week focused on the most important aspect of what we do: our patients.  From the public-private partnerships including KidneyX and Kidney Health Initiative (KHI), to the CMS proposed payment changes, to the global challenges facing nephrology, the common sentiment has been simple: we must not forget our efforts to keep the patient at the center...

Nephrology Challenges and Opportunities Front and Center in Policy Discussions in Day 1 of Kidney Week 2018

2018 ASN Kidney Week officially kicked off on October 25 with a Plenary Session focused on the changing dynamics in nephrology and the influence of policy and advocacy in achieving innovations in care. ASN President, Dr. Mark Okusa, MD, FASN, delivered his opening remarks with not just aspirational goals for the direction of nephrology, but also outlining the stark realities confronting nephrology.

ASN and 35 Kidney Care Organizations Voice Support for HHS’ Efforts in Formation of KidneyX

The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and 35 kidney care organizations wrote to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar, JD, to express their strong support and gratitude for the formation of KidneyX, a public-private partnership to accelerate innovation in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of kidney diseases.

Update: ASN Scores Wins in Appropriations Process

As reported in the August edition of Kidney News Online, these priorities include a $2 billion funding increase for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and language supporting KidneyX, the study of immunosuppressive drug coverage for kidney transplant patients, Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) coverage for living organ donors, and recognition of the discrepancy between investment in kidney research and financial burden of kidney diseases.

Congressional Kidney Caucus Briefing Highlights Innovation in Kidney Care

The Congressional Kidney Caucus hosted a briefing titled The Vital Public-Private Partnership in Kidney Care: Advancing Care, Research & Innovation for Individuals with Kidney Diseases, Kidney Failure and Transplants on Friday, September 28, 2018.

New Details in CMS Update to 2017 MIPS Performance Feedback

However, that deadline has now been extended until October 15, 2018 due to a CMS discovery of several “prevailing concerns” in the data during the process of conducting targeted reviews. This means that if you have not checked your 2017 data – you should do so now.  If you have already checked your status, you should recheck it.

CMS Extends Deadline for MIPS Targeted Review to October 1, 2018

Status Tool for 2017 Qualifying APM Participant and MIPS APMs Data Now Available

ASN Policy Joins “Next Generation Nephrologists” at NBLU

ASN specialists from the ASN Policy and Public Affairs Department engaged the nephrology fellows in a session on “Public Policy for the Next Generation Nephrologist” and throughout the week.

ASN Innovation Projects Seek Public Comment

The Kidney Health Initiative (KHI) and KidneyX are leading the fight to put new tools in the hands of kidney health professionals by stimulating the development of new solutions for patients with kidney diseases. Both of these initiatives help the kidney community by giving new tools to nephrologists in their fight against kidney diseases, providing inspiration to future nephrologists, and offering hope the patients we treat every day.

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