Policy-Advocacy

The Living Donor Protection Act of 2019 Reintroduced in House and Senate

The Living Donor Protection Act of 2019, a longstanding priority of the ASN Policy and Advocacy Committee and the larger kidney and transplant community, has been reintroduced in the House of Representatives and Senate by Representatives Jaime Herrera-Beulter (R-WA) and Jerry Nadler (D-NY), and Senators Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) and Tom Cotton (R-AR).

Data Blockers Beware - Annoucement at HIMSS19

In a bold move up the ladder of electronic health record (EHR) interoperability, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released two proposed rules February 11 designed to allow patients access to their own records and data – particularly via apps – and provide strong deterrents to those who would block data.

Secretary Azar Convenes Value-Based Kidney Care Transformation Roundtable

The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and other members of the kidney community met with Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex M. Azar II and other top HHS officials in a roundtable on Friday, February 1 to discuss value-based kidney care transformation.

NIH All of Us Research Program: 100,000 Participants and 2019 Update

The All of Us Research Program, a groundbreaking research effort funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has officially enrolled over 100,000 core participants. The effort looks to collect data from one million individuals on their health, habits and location to look for patterns that may affects one’s health with the goal of accelerating research and developing personalized and highly effective health care.

ASN Fighting for the Six Protected Classes of Drugs

The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) submitted comments to Medicare on its Medicare Advantage and Part D Drug Pricing Proposed Rule on January 25.  ASN objected to segments of the proposed rule that remove protections from the “six protected classes of drugs” in Medicare Part D.

New Website Launched for the Kidney Health Initiative

The Kidney Health Initiative (KHI) recently released a new website to inform the community about its mission, objectives, and membership. The new site also showcases the publications from completed projects since the formation of KHI in 2012.

Medicare’s Protected Classes of Drugs

CMS is proposing to give Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage plans the option to limit coverage of drugs in six categories — known as the “protected classes” — in a bid to lower pharmaceutical costs. The agency posted a proposed rule in the Federal Register on Nov. 30, available for public comment through Jan. 25, that would give health plans the ability to exclude protected class drugs from medication prescription lists in certain instances.

The Kidney Health Initiative (KHI) Year in Review

“What I have learned more than anything else, is that if you get talented and committed people from different backgrounds together, then wonderful and impactful things just seem to happen.” Prabir Roy-Chaudhury, MD, PhD, FASN, ASN Co-Chair for the Kidney Health Initiative

Survey: What Kinds of Doctors Use Telemedicine?

New survey results published in the medical journal Health Affairs provide the  first-ever nationally representative estimates of telemedicine use by U.S. doctors. Telemedicine use was more common at larger, multi-speciality practices and  hospitals — evidence that financial burdens continue to be a barrier for smaller  physician-owned practices, according to the study authors.

Reminder: CMS 2017 Open Payments data available for review and dispute until December 31

Program Year 2017 Open Payments data is available for review and dispute through December 31, 2018.

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