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On Thursday, December 17 from 5:00 - 6:30 pm EST the American Society of Nephrology will host a webinar reviewing key components of the ESRD Treatment Choices (ETC) Model (going into effect January 1, 2021).

This webinar will be an opportunity for ASN members to learn important details about the federal government’s mandatory model to use payment policy to increase kidney patient choice of home dialysis and kidney transplantation.  ETC will include 30% of Medicare ESRD beneficiaries, nephrologists, and dialysis facilities randomized from hospital referral regions (HRRs) across the country. 

David White

ASN is hearing from nephrologists in multiple COVID-19 hot spots that their patients are facing serious logistical transportation challenges, specifically with ensuring COVID-19 patients can access safe transportation to dialysis facilities. The ramifications are significant and include barriers to discharging kidney failure patients with COVID-19 from hospitals, risks of admitting patients to hospitals who cannot get to dialysis facilities, and risks of spreading COVID-19 during transportation. While nephrologists and dialysis facilities are coordinating with state and local authorities, there is also a role for the Department of Health and Human Services.

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Participating clinicians should begin the application process now.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that it is accepting the impact of COVID-19 as a condition for applying for an Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances exemption in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). 

For the 2020 performance year (PY), Medicare will be using its Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances policy to allow clinicians, groups, and virtual groups to submit an application requesting reweighting of one or more MIPS performance categories due to the current COVID-19 public health emergency. To provide additional support to clinicians, the agency is extending the extreme and uncontrollable circumstances application deadline for PY 2020 to Monday, February 1, 2021 at 8 p.m. ET.