Policy

April 24, 2020

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.

April 23, 2020

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.

April 20, 2020

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.

April 13, 2020

Bookmark this resource for a collection of the efforts to improve care during the COVID-19 pandemic. KNO will continue to provide you an updated breakdown of the ongoing work of the Policy and Government Affairs team.

April 10, 2020

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:

April 8, 2020

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.

April 7, 2020

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.   

April 7, 2020


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:

April 6, 2020

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.

April 3, 2020

States anticipating potential shortages of health care workers are temporarily relaxing requirements for medical licenses, in the hopes that a volunteer force of out-of-state doctors, retired physicians and medical students can fill the gap. States with flexible laws already on the books have issued emergency declarations and executive orders directing state health departments and medical boards to clear legal obstacles. In other states, legislation has been fast-tracked to create new emergency powers.

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