Leading Edge

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.

Opinion: Fight for our patients' health amongst high costs

One thing I’ve noticed in the last fifteen years is how aware Americans have become of health policy issues. When I first told people as an undergrad that I wanted to pursue a career in health policy, I almost always received glazed looks in response. “What would that look like exactly?” Now, virtually everyone I meet (Lyft drivers, new friends at get-togethers, strangers on the plane, new colleagues) has an opinion, when they learn that I am a nephrologist and health policy researcher.

Efforts Progress in the Creation of a Comprehensive Kidney Care Model for Medicare Testing

Ongoing efforts at the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) to develop a Comprehensive Kidney Care (CKC) Model received a boost last week after Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA), met with Crystal A. Gadegbeku[i], MD, FASN, and Daniel E. Weiner[ii], MD, FASN, co-chairs of a joint working group leading development of the model.

Big changes in CMS Evaluation and Management (E&M) coding

Medicare has proposed changes to the payment rules for dialysis care and physician reimbursement for calendar year 2019. While several proposed changes are positive, one proposed adjustment to the Evaluation and Management (E&M) coding reimbursement structure has created serious concern and will be a priority in the American Society of Nephrology’s (ASN) comments to Medicare.

Urge Your Legislators to Protect Kidney Patients

Congress is currently considering the Dialysis PATIENTS Demonstration Act of 2017 (H.R. 4143/S. 2065) which proposes a demonstration project for an integrated care model to increase care coordination for patients with kidney failure.

Now Available: MIPS 2017 Performance Feedback User Guide

CMS has posted the 2017 Performance Feedback User Guide on CMS.gov to help eligible clinicians and groups understand their 2017 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) performance feedback.

KNO Interview with Ed Simcox, Acting Chief Technology Officer at HHS and liaison to KidneyX

Kidney News Online recently interviewed Edwin Simcox, Acting Chief Technology Officer, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and HHS liaison to KidneyX.

Update to Declaration of Istanbul on Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism

Per the July 2nd, 2018 press release from The Declaration of Istanbul:

"The first new edition of the Declaration of Istanbul on Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism, a seminal document that has helped to guide ethical practice in organ donation and transplantation around the world, was presented today at an international workshop in Madrid, Spain.

ASN Discusses Future of ESRD Bundle with Medicare Leaders

Last week, ASN joined other kidney community stakeholders to meet with leadership at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in Baltimore, MD, to discuss the future of the ESRD Prospective Payment System—more commonly known as “the bundle”—that provides reimbursement for dialysis care.

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