Policy

October 7, 2019

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.

September 30, 2019

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.

September 24, 2019

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.

September 17, 2019

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:

September 13, 2019

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.

September 4, 2019

On Monday September 2nd, the Trump Administration announced a change to a policy that allowed immigrants to receive a temporary reprieve from deportation while receiving life-savings medical care in the US.

September 4, 2019

Fluid management is an area ripe for innovation that has a significant impact on the quality of life of people with kidney failure. The Kidney Health Initiative (KHI) recently released a supplement to its Technology Roadmap for Innovative Approaches to Renal Replacement Therapy entitled Fostering Innovation in Fluid Management.

August 25, 2019

In order to double the number of kidneys available for transplant by 2030, the Administration is looking to increase the utilization of available organs from both deceased and living donors in multiple ways including, but not limited to:...

August 23, 2019

For nearly 50 years kidney disease, one of the most deadly and costly chronic diseases has been overlooked by government, healthcare professionals, and the public—until now.

August 19, 2019

The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) Department of Policy and Public Affairs team has received numerous questions from interested members and from the broader kidney community on the recent Executive Order on Advancing American Kidney Health...

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