Policy

August 8, 2018

The Kidney Health Initiative (KHI) and KidneyX are leading the fight to put new tools in the hands of kidney health professionals by stimulating the development of new solutions for patients with kidney diseases. Both of these initiatives help the kidney community by giving new tools to nephrologists in their fight against kidney diseases, providing inspiration to future nephrologists, and offering hope the patients we treat every day.

July 31, 2018

One thing I’ve noticed in the last fifteen years is how aware Americans have become of health policy issues. When I first told people as an undergrad that I wanted to pursue a career in health policy, I almost always received glazed looks in response. “What would that look like exactly?” Now, virtually everyone I meet (Lyft drivers, new friends at get-togethers, strangers on the plane, new colleagues) has an opinion, when they learn that I am a nephrologist and health policy researcher.

July 26, 2018

Ongoing efforts at the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) to develop a Comprehensive Kidney Care (CKC) Model received a boost last week after Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA), met with Crystal A. Gadegbeku[i], MD, FASN, and Daniel E. Weiner[ii], MD, FASN, co-chairs of a joint working group leading development of the model.

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.

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