Policy

July 24, 2018

Medicare has proposed changes to the payment rules for dialysis care and physician reimbursement for calendar year 2019. While several proposed changes are positive, one proposed adjustment to the Evaluation and Management (E&M) coding reimbursement structure has created serious concern and will be a priority in the American Society of Nephrology’s (ASN) comments to Medicare.

July 23, 2018

Congress is currently considering the Dialysis PATIENTS Demonstration Act of 2017 (H.R. 4143/S. 2065) which proposes a demonstration project for an integrated care model to increase care coordination for patients with kidney failure.

July 12, 2018

CMS has posted the 2017 Performance Feedback User Guide on CMS.gov to help eligible clinicians and groups understand their 2017 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) performance feedback.

July 3, 2018

Kidney News Online recently interviewed Edwin Simcox, Acting Chief Technology Officer, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and HHS liaison to KidneyX.

July 2, 2018

Per the July 2nd, 2018 press release from The Declaration of Istanbul:

"The first new edition of the Declaration of Istanbul on Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism, a seminal document that has helped to guide ethical practice in organ donation and transplantation around the world, was presented today at an international workshop in Madrid, Spain.

June 26, 2018

KidneyX_logo_0.PNGIn coordination with the Mt. Sinai Health System and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) hosted a town hall for KidneyX on Tuesday, June 26 in New York, NY.

KidneyX, a public private partnership between ASN and HHS, is a series of prize competitions aimed at accelerating innovation in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of kidney diseases.

June 22, 2018

A last-minute addition to the legislative package in the House would extend by three months the period people with chronic kidney failure must wait before they become eligible for Medicare coverage. Lawmakers inserted the change, which is projected to save the government $290 million over a decade, to help pay for their slew of new initiatives aimed at curbing opioid misuse.  The bill passed the House by a vote of 396-14.

June 19, 2018

The Trump Administration on Tuesday, June 19, unveiled the final rule allowing potentially millions of small businesses and self-employed workers to buy health-insurance plans exempt from many Affordable Care Act (ACA) consumer protections. The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) is reviewing the details of the rule now.

June 15, 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated its

June 4, 2018

The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) member, Jonathan Jaffery, MD, MS, MMM, is one of the five newest members who will serve on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC).  Dr. Jaffrey was appointed to serve on MedPAC by Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), on May 30.  At the same time, ASN announced that it has joined the Physicians’ Electronic Health Record Coalition (PEHRC), which is comprised of ASN and 25 other medical societies representing more than 600,000 physicians, who share information to support the use of health information technology (IT).  ASN’s lead nephrologist in the coalition is Daniel E. Weiner, MD, FASN, and chair of the ASN Quality Committee.

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