Policy-Advocacy

Statement on Executive Order on Improving Rural Health and Telehealth Access from ASN President Anupam Agarwal MD, FASN

www.asn-online.org_0.jpgThe American Society of Nephrology’s (ASN) 21,000 members, who care for 37,000,000 Americans with kidney diseases, applaud the Trump Administration for issuing the Executive Order on Improving Rural Health and Telehealth Access on August 3, 2020.

ASN President Agarwal Calls for Passage of the Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act in The Hill

www.asn-online.org_0.jpgAnupam Agarwal, MD, FASN, ASN President highlights the important role that international medical graduates (IMGs) play in the nation’s health care workforce and fight against COVID-19 in a recent opinion piece for The Hill.

Latest Senate COVID-19 Package Includes $200M in Supplemental Funding for NIDDK

There is a growing evidence that COVID-19 negatively affects the kidneys and that the pandemic places an additional burden on people living with kidney diseases. The American Society and Nephrology (ASN) led the kidney community in urging Congressional appropriators to support $100 million in emergency supplemental funding for the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).

ASN Helps Shape Federal COVID-19 Response

As the threat of COVID-19 was emerging in the United States, ASN and the broader kidney community participated in an effort organized by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop policy recommendations that address the effects of COVID-19 on kidney patients and kidney care professionals. 

Against ASN Recommendation, NIDDK Suspends KUH Participation in Parent T32 Program and Announces New Institutional Training Program

On April 16, 2020, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Disease (NIDDK) published two notices (NOT-DK-20-023, NOT-DK-20-024) that made a significant and startling announcement.

CMS Releases Proposed Rule for 2021 ESRD Prospective Payment System and Quality Incentive Program

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the proposed rule for the 2021 End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Prospective Payment S

Pandemic Underscores Urgent Need for Kidney Care Innovation

When a novel coronavirus emerged in late 2019, everyone risked infection, but kidney patients found themselves especially vulnerable. People with kidney disease have compromised immune systems and the vast majority of these individuals—roughly half a million people—must visit dialysis centers several times a week, exposing themselves to contact with staff and other patients when they should ideally be isolated at home.

ASN and NKF Establishing a Task Force to Reassess the Inclusion of Race in Diagnosing Kidney Diseases

On July 2, the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) released a joint statement announcing the establishment of a joint task force that aims to reassess the includsion of race in diagnosing kidney diseases.

ASN President Agarwal and NKF President Kramer call for increased investment for prevention and research in COVID-19 and kidney disease relationship

In an editorial released on June 23rd by The Hill ASN President Anupam Agarwal, MD, FASN and NKF President Kramer, MD, MPH expressed that the intersection of COVID-19 and kidney disease is fraught with potential calamities and investment for prevention and research are necessary.

Minority Kidney Patients at Increased Risk for COVID-19 Due to Longstanding Structural Inequities

The statistics are startling. As of April 20, African Americans were far more likely than whites to become infected with SARS-CoV-2 and die from COVID-19.

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