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David White

In March 2018, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma announced a series of planned reforms designed to reduce regulatory burden, increase electronic health record (EHR) interoperability, and advance access to medical records for patients.

Administrator Verma announced CMS is planning on overhauling its meaningful use requirements, in response to years of provider complaints that the program is too burdensome and difficult to implement. CMS’s stated goal is to reduce time and compliance costs associated with the program.

The agency’s moves come just weeks after President Donald Trump signed a funding bill that includes measures to ease

David L. White

Members of Congress and regulators are keenly focused on kidney healthcare and the policies around it. With more than 40 million people in the United States living with kidney diseases and 700,000 Americans with kidney failure, Medicare costs topped more than $114 billion in managing kidney diseases in 2016, which accounts for 23% of all Medicare spending. With such a growing burden both on patients and their families and on taxpayers, the pressure is on policymakers to realign the incentives and priorities to achieve better outcomes.

A new vision for kidney care

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary

Barbara Murphy and David White

The more things stay the same, the more things change—or, at least, the more things need to change. That may be turning an old adage on its head, but turning things upside down seems to capture events since the last report on the state of kidney care in 2016.

For things to stay the same is not an acceptable state in nephrology, considering there are an estimated 40 million Americans living with kidney diseases and for nearly 700,000 of those individuals access to dialysis or a kidney transplant is their only chance to live. With a life expectancy of 5