May 29, 2018

Policymakers and public health officials are sounding the alarm about the opioid overdose crisis nationwide.  More than 115 people die each day due to opioid-related drug overdoses, and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar has made combatting this epidemic one of his top priorities.

May 16, 2018

KidneyX_logo_0.PNGThe American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and members of the Kidney Health Initiative’s Patient and Family Partnership Council (KHI PFPC) met with leaders from across the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) including Secretary Alex Azar on Wednesday, May 16 to show their support for KidneyX.

May 3, 2018

Telehealth Waiver
New coverage for telehealth services is on the way for Comprehensive ESRD Care Models, ESCOs, and the patients they serve. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have added a telehealth waiver for their use effective Oct. 1, 2018. 

May 1, 2018

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced the national enrollment date for its All of Us Research Program, a groundbreaking scientific effort to gather data from one million individuals living in the United States.

April 26, 2018

ASN and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have sent a clear signal in their desire to have new therapies in the kidney space through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding establishing the Kidney Innovation Accelerator (KidneyX), a collaborative environment in which a community of researchers, innovators, and investors can participate.

April 25, 2018

On Monday, April 23, the American Society of Nephrology and a record-setting coalition of 36 other organizations in the kidney community, authored a letter to the leadership of the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees that appropriate funds for the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

April 24, 2018

Participation provides full credit for the 2018 MIPS Improvement Activities performance category

April 6, 2018

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have incorporated a new “MIPS Participation Status” function on the Quality Payment Program (QPP) website.  To find out whether you need to participate in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) during the 2018 performance year, just enter your National Provider Identifier, or NPI.

April 3, 2018

Advocates from the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and the American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) met with representatives, senators, and their respective staffs on March 28, 2018 to urge Congress to support KidneyX, a new public-private partnership to accelerate innovation in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of kidney diseases.

March 22, 2018

Responding to coordinated, consistent advocacy from ASN and other proponents of medical research funding, Congress and President Trump have passed and signed into law a spending bill that increases funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by $3 billion in 2018—an 8.8% increase over 2017 funding levels.  The legislation received strong bipartisan support, passing the House 256-167 and the Senate 65-32.