Policy-Advocacy

New Details in CMS Update to 2017 MIPS Performance Feedback

However, that deadline has now been extended until October 15, 2018 due to a CMS discovery of several “prevailing concerns” in the data during the process of conducting targeted reviews. This means that if you have not checked your 2017 data – you should do so now.  If you have already checked your status, you should recheck it.

CMS Extends Deadline for MIPS Targeted Review to October 1, 2018

Status Tool for 2017 Qualifying APM Participant and MIPS APMs Data Now Available

University of Washington and Northwest Kidney Centers Host KidneyX Listening Session

KidneyX_logo_0.PNGIn coordination with the University of Washington, Northwest Kidney Centers, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) hosted a listening session for KidneyX on Wednesday, August 22 in Seattle, WA.

ASN Policy Joins “Next Generation Nephrologists” at NBLU

ASN specialists from the ASN Policy and Public Affairs Department engaged the nephrology fellows in a session on “Public Policy for the Next Generation Nephrologist” and throughout the week.

ASN Innovation Projects Seek Public Comment

The Kidney Health Initiative (KHI) and KidneyX are leading the fight to put new tools in the hands of kidney health professionals by stimulating the development of new solutions for patients with kidney diseases. Both of these initiatives help the kidney community by giving new tools to nephrologists in their fight against kidney diseases, providing inspiration to future nephrologists, and offering hope the patients we treat every day.

Opinion: Fight for our patients' health amongst high costs

One thing I’ve noticed in the last fifteen years is how aware Americans have become of health policy issues. When I first told people as an undergrad that I wanted to pursue a career in health policy, I almost always received glazed looks in response. “What would that look like exactly?” Now, virtually everyone I meet (Lyft drivers, new friends at get-togethers, strangers on the plane, new colleagues) has an opinion, when they learn that I am a nephrologist and health policy researcher.

Efforts Progress in the Creation of a Comprehensive Kidney Care Model for Medicare Testing

Ongoing efforts at the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) to develop a Comprehensive Kidney Care (CKC) Model received a boost last week after Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA), met with Crystal A. Gadegbeku[i], MD, FASN, and Daniel E. Weiner[ii], MD, FASN, co-chairs of a joint working group leading development of the model.

Big changes in CMS Evaluation and Management (E&M) coding

Medicare has proposed changes to the payment rules for dialysis care and physician reimbursement for calendar year 2019. While several proposed changes are positive, one proposed adjustment to the Evaluation and Management (E&M) coding reimbursement structure has created serious concern and will be a priority in the American Society of Nephrology’s (ASN) comments to Medicare.

Urge Your Legislators to Protect Kidney Patients

Congress is currently considering the Dialysis PATIENTS Demonstration Act of 2017 (H.R. 4143/S. 2065) which proposes a demonstration project for an integrated care model to increase care coordination for patients with kidney failure.

Now Available: MIPS 2017 Performance Feedback User Guide

CMS has posted the 2017 Performance Feedback User Guide on CMS.gov to help eligible clinicians and groups understand their 2017 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) performance feedback.

Pages