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.

April 2, 2020

Dr Bignall tweet.pngPeople with kidney diseases experience higher risk during health crises like the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 1, 2020

After much urging from the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and other members of the kidney community, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a sweeping

April 1, 2020

On March 31, American Society of Nephrology (ASN) President Anupam Agarwal, MD, FASN and National Kidney Foundation (NKF) President Holly Mattix-Kramer, MD, MPH urged Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf and Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Pete Gaynor to accelerate the production and distribution of personal protective equipment (PPE) for health care professionals and vulnerable populations during this national crisis.