Policy-Advocacy

2019 Inaugural KidneyX Summit Day 2 Recap – In Case you Missed It

The KidneyX Summit continued today, April 30, 2019, with congressional perspectives; the role of NIH, FDA, and payors; and the nephrology investment landscape all addressed during the second day of the event.

ASN Helps Secure Appropriations Increase for NIH and NIDDK

On Monday, April 29, the House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations (LHHS) Subcommittee released their Fiscal Year 2020 budget. The draft provides a total of $41.1 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), an increase of $2 billion above the 2019 enacted level and $6.9 billion above President Trump’s budget request.

2019 Inaugural KidneyX Summit Day 1 Recap – In Case you Missed It

KidneyX_logo.PNGThe KidneyX Summit kicked off on April 29, 2019, with opening remarks by ASN President Mark Rosenberg, MD, FASN, who outlined how KidneyX is filling a much-needed gap in kidney care and will act as a catalyst to spur innovation in the space.

$10 million for KidneyX included in 2020 House Appropriations bill

Announced today during the 2019 inaugural KidneyX Summit, the House Appropriations Committee released the draft 2020 FY funding bill for Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS). The bill will be considered in subcommittee tomorrow, April 30th.

KidneyX Summit begins today with announcement of Redesign Dialysis prize competition Phase 1 Winners

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Chief Technology Officer and the American Society of Nephrology have selected 15 winning teams for Phase 1 of the KidneyX Redesign Dialysis prize competition.

American Society of Nephrology Announces KidneyX Chair

The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) announced today that John R. Sedor, MD, FASN, has been appointed Chair of the Kidney Innovation Accelerator (KidneyX) Steering Committee.logo_big_0.png

KidneyX Scores Major Victories in Congress and Administration

At the urging of the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) members and American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) ambassadors’ calls and recent visits to Capitol Hill, a bipartisan group of 57 lawmakers wrote to the House Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Subcommittee asking them to include $25 million in funding for KidneyX.

Innovative New Kidney Care Model in Development Highlighted at National Quality Forum

In a packed session of the National Quality Forum (NQF) in Washington, DC today, Adam Boehler, Deputy Administrator for CMS and Director and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), spoke about an upcoming comprehensive kidney care model being developed by CMMI and written about previously in KNO – as well as his vision of the role of quality and quality measurement in healthcare overall.

ASN and AAKP Advocates Are on Capitol Hill Urging Congress to Support KidneyX

Advocates from the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and the American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) are meeting with representatives, senators, and their respective staffs today, March 20th, to urge Congress to support KidneyX, a public-private partnership to accelerate innovation in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of kidney diseases.

Potential game-changing exchange: Extending coverage for immunosuppressant drugs beyond 3-year limit for patients after a kidney transplant could help Medicare

In a potentially game-changing exchange yesterday at a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex M. Azar, II, stated that a preliminary HHS Office of the Actuary analysis indicates that the savings generated by averting dialysis would be greater than the cost required to extend coverage for immunosuppressant drugs. While noting that any potential savings would be “specific to the design of any actual policy,” the Secretary underscored that HHS is “very focused on ways we can incentivize toward transplantation.”

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