Policy

November 9, 2017

Recently, there have been some very troubling developments involving the Medicare Administrative Contractors – the MACs – that has ASN and other members of the kidney community highly concerned.  The MACs, within a short window of time, have announced plans to limit reimbursement for dialysis that occurs more than three times per week exclusively to patients that meet specific acute conditions. The conditions have been outlined in a draft Local Coverage Determination (LCD).

November 4, 2017

“Following the transition year and ahead of the full implementation in year 3, CMS made provisions to the Quality Payment Program to make it easier for clinicians to participate in the program, reduce burden, and to get clinicians ready for full implementation."

October 23, 2017

On October 18, 2017, the

October 20, 2017

See a breakdown of the Trump administration's work toward declaring the opioid crisis a "National Emergency". In addition, find out how emergency declaration could allow states to expand residential addiction treatment.

October 6, 2017

“The 2018 MACRA proposed rule was the first draft with Price’s involvement after he emphasized that he wanted to reduce reporting burdens and allow clinicians to focus on patient care. His rhetoric proved true as the proposed rule excluded more clinicians from having to participate while also making it easier to avoid a penalty.

Now that he is gone, what will happen to the final rule that is set to be released in November 2017?

How will clinicians plan for 2018… without a solid MACRA rule in place?

September 25, 2017

American Society of Nephrology (ASN) President Eleanor D. Lederer, MD, FASN, wrote to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) today expressing ASN’s strong objections to the Graham-Cassidy health care proposal under consideration in the US Senate this week.

September 18, 2017

Advocates from the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and 21 other healthcare organizations are meeting with Representatives and Senators today to urge Congress to increase investments in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and to cosponsor and pass the Living Donor Protection Act (H.R. 1270), legislation that eliminates barriers to living donation.

August 30, 2017

To provide a continuity of care for displaced kidney dialysis patients in need of treatment, the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) is joining efforts by the American Kidney Fund (AKF) and the Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) coalition.

August 24, 2017

The American Society of Nephrology and more than 100 organizations from the broader medical research community united to express opposition to the Administration’s proposed 21% cut in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) budget and drastic reductions in NIH support for facilities and administrative (F&A) costs. The united stance is included in a letter delivered Wednesday, August 23, to the Office of Management & Budget Director John Michael Mulvaney and Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Thomas E. Price, MD.

August 15, 2017

Last week, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) sent a new rule to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) which “would cancel the mandatory bundled payment programs for heart attacks and bypass surgeries as well as the expansion of the existing Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement model to include surgical treatments for hip and femur fractures. Those bundled payment initiatives have already been delayed twice. They’re currently slated to take effect Jan. 1, 2018”.

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