Policy

October 6, 2020

Nearly 50% of US nephrologists are international medical graduates. Their contributions improve the U.S. health system and the care of people with kidney diseases.

ASN firmly supports the dismantling of barriers that prevent foreign-trained doctors, nurses, and other health professionals from securing the stable immigration status and providing care to the millions of Americans who desperately need it.

October 2, 2020

In September 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and its Innovation Center (CMMI) finalized the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Treatment Choices (ETC) Model. This mandatory payment model will test changes to care for Americans with kidney disease within a 30%, randomized set of Medicare beneficiaries with kidney failure.

The stated goals are increasing patient choice, increasing utilization of home dialysis, and providing greater access to transplantation, options for which the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) has long advocated.

September 18, 2020

The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) commends the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and its Innovation Center (CMMI) for finalizing the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Treatment Choices (ETC) Model today. This model will herald positive changes to care for the more than 37 million Americans with kidney diseases, including more patient choice, increased utilization of home dialysis, and greater access to transplantation, options for which ASN has long advocated.

September 18, 2020

Consumer Reports (CR) recently published an article, “Medical Algorithms Have a Race Problem,” which recognized the potential impact ASN and the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) could have through their joint task force to reassess the inclusion of race in diagnosing kidney disease.  

August 26, 2020

Center for Scientific Review’s Elimination of Study Section Perilous to Kidney Community

The Center for Scientific Review (CSR) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) oversees peer review of NIH grant applications. CSR recently announced a change to study sections that will have a significant effect on the kidney community.

August 24, 2020

Ensure kidney patients get the vascular access surgeries they need, and don’t delay kidney transplant surgeries. 

These two directives formed the centerpiece of recent guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), “Key Components for Continued COVID-19 Management for Dialysis Facilities,” released Monday, August 17, 2020. 

August 11, 2020

 

Changes ASN has long pushed for will be implemented.

Nephrologists will receive a boost in payments – especially in the rate for reimbursement for home dialysis – made to them by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). ASN is proud to have played a significant role by pushing for this change that will begin January 1, 2021.  This move is long overdue and reflects the priority placed on kidney care by the Executive Order on Advancing American Kidney Health of July 2019 and its focus on increasing rates of home dialysis.

August 5, 2020

www.asn-online.org_0.jpgThe American Society of Nephrology’s (ASN) 21,000 members, who care for 37,000,000 Americans with kidney diseases, applaud the Trump Administration for issuing the Executive Order on Improving Rural Health and Telehealth Access on August 3, 2020.

August 3, 2020

www.asn-online.org_0.jpgAnupam Agarwal, MD, FASN, ASN President highlights the important role that international medical graduates (IMGs) play in the nation’s health care workforce and fight against COVID-19 in a recent opinion piece for The Hill.

August 3, 2020

There is a growing evidence that COVID-19 negatively affects the kidneys and that the pandemic places an additional burden on people living with kidney diseases. The American Society and Nephrology (ASN) led the kidney community in urging Congressional appropriators to support $100 million in emergency supplemental funding for the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).

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