Policy

January 22, 2018

Far from esoteric political maneuvering, government shutdowns are costly and have a real-world impact: the 16-day shutdown in 2013 cost the federal government an estimated $24 billion. Shutdowns have a human cost as well. During the 2013 shutdown, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) was forced to turn away nearly 200 people per week, including 30 children, from enrolling in new clinical trials, which serve as a last resort for many patients.

January 9, 2018

The CMS accepts that text messages are an important means of communication in healthcare, and that text messages are now essential for effective communications between care team members. However, in order to comply with the Conditions of Participation (CoPs) and Conditions for Coverage (CfCs), healthcare organizations must use and maintain text messaging systems/platforms that are secure.

December 28, 2017

At ASN Kidney Week 2017, Bruce D. Greenstein, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Chief Technology Officer, highlighted the need for innovation in the nephrology space.

December 22, 2017

ASN NephWatch is a podcast examining current events and policy developments and the impact those events and developments have on the march for better care and cures for patients with kidney diseases. This podcast is a production of the ASN Policy and Government Affairs department.

 

December 4, 2017

Around 17% of American adults have chronic kidney diseases (CKD), and the rate of prevalence is higher U.S. Veterans. CKD, if not treated appropriately, can ultimately lead to kidney failure requiring either dialysis or a transplant.

 

A new mobile app is needed that provides autonomy and personalized features to help patients make informed food choices.

 

November 28, 2017

Before Thanksgiving, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, by a vote of 227 to 205. The vote largely fell along party lines, with no Democrats voting for the bill.  The House bill has several provisions of concern to the American Society of Nephrology (ASN), including one that could devastate the pipeline of future scientists.

November 13, 2017

The recent annual report released by the United States Renal Data System (USRDS) found the following highlights:


Children with Kidney Failure

Fewer children under five years old with kidney failure are dying. Mortality one year after kidney failure has dropped by nearly half over the past decade.


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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

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