Policy-Advocacy

Podcast – COVID-19 Update: On the Front Lines in New York City

This podcast covers a COVID-19 update from Dr. Barbara Murphy who is on the ground in New York City, a current hotspot in the US for COVID-19 cases.

Opportunities and Challenges for Kidney Failure Patients in Medicare Advantage Plans for CY2021

The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) provided comments and critique of the proposed rule on Medicare Advantage (MA) for 2021 and 2022 on April 6, 2020. In 2021, by law, MA plans will be open to patients with kidney failure as opposed to those who were already enrolled in MA plans before advancing to kidney failure and remain enrolled after kidney failure.   

Upcoming Webinar on COVID-19: Considerations in the Home Dialysis Setting


Please tune in on Thursday, April 9, to an ASN webinar titled COVID-19: Considerations in the Home Dialysis Setting.

This complimentary, 60-minute webinar will address key areas of concern in the management of people dialyzing at home in the era of COVID-19.

Key topic areas will include:

Joint Statement from ASN and ACEP on appropriate use of emergency departments during the COVID-19 pandemic

The American Society of Nephrology and the American College of Emergency Physicians issue this joint statement on the appropriate use of emergency departments (ED) during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In Response to COVID-19, States Waiving Medical License Regulations for Workforce Surge

States anticipating potential shortages of health care workers are temporarily relaxing requirements for medical licenses, in the hopes that a volunteer force of out-of-state doctors, retired physicians and medical students can fill the gap. States with flexible laws already on the books have issued emergency declarations and executive orders directing state health departments and medical boards to clear legal obstacles. In other states, legislation has been fast-tracked to create new emergency powers.

AAKP and ASN Advocate for Kidney Patients During COVID-19 Pandemic

Dr Bignall tweet.pngPeople with kidney diseases experience higher risk during health crises like the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sweeping CMS Waivers Give Flexibility to Nephrologists during COVID-19 Crisis

After much urging from the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and other members of the kidney community, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a sweeping

ASN and NKF Urge DHS Acting Secretary and FEMA Administrator to Release More PPE from National Stockpile

On March 31, American Society of Nephrology (ASN) President Anupam Agarwal, MD, FASN and National Kidney Foundation (NKF) President Holly Mattix-Kramer, MD, MPH urged Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf and Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Pete Gaynor to accelerate the production and distribution of personal protective equipment (PPE) for health care professionals and vulnerable populations during this national crisis.

CARES Act to Improve Options for People on Home Dialysis

People who receive dialysis at home, and the nephrologists who care for them, need additional options in order to receive care, and reduce risk of infection, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to the work of the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and other members of the kidney community, important actions to protect these vulnerable patients have been enacted into law.

Critical clarification from CMS: PD catheter and vascular access placement is essential

After much dialogue with the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and other members of the kidney community, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) today clarified its guidance on deferring nonessential surgical procedures during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.

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