Policy-Advocacy

ASN Weighs in on ESRD Treatment Choice Model in Letter to CMS

Reducing the benchmark for the combined home dialysis and transplant rate and allowing for incremental achievement of the benchmark, incentivizing and investing wisely to ensure needed practice transformation, and delaying the start date of the ESRD Treatment Choice Model (ETC) until April 2020 are among the recommendations for adjustments to the model set forth in a letter sent to CMS Administrator Seema Verma on behalf of ASN and its members from President Mark E. Rosenberg, MD, FASN.

ASN, the National Kidney Foundation, and the Renal Physicians Association Send Joint Response to CMS Regarding ESRD Treatment Choice Model

In a joint letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator (CMS) Seema Verma, ASN, the National Kidney Foundation (NKF), and the Renal Physicians Association (RPA) laud the Trump administration for its “ambitious agenda for kidney health” and identify five principles the organizations state will lead to “better patient outcomes that should be supported in the proposed ETC Model.”

The following five principles are included in the organizations’ letter to CMS:

Patients Continue to Urge the Senate Support KidneyX Appropriations in New Al.com Op-ed

Following a recent letter to the editor in the Kansas City Star, kidney patients continue to urge their congressional representatives to support KidneyX during the Senate appropriations process.

Joint ASPN/ASN Statement sent to the House Oversight Committee criticizing the ending of the deferred medical action policy for immigrants

On Monday September 2nd, the Trump Administration announced a change to a policy that allowed immigrants to receive a temporary reprieve from deportation while receiving life-savings medical care in the US.

A New Report From the Kidney Health Initiative Targets Innovations In Fluid Management

Fluid management is an area ripe for innovation that has a significant impact on the quality of life of people with kidney failure. The Kidney Health Initiative (KHI) recently released a supplement to its Technology Roadmap for Innovative Approaches to Renal Replacement Therapy entitled Fostering Innovation in Fluid Management.

ASN Policy Q&A on the Advancing American Kidney Health initiative: Part 2

In order to double the number of kidneys available for transplant by 2030, the Administration is looking to increase the utilization of available organs from both deceased and living donors in multiple ways including, but not limited to:...

Letter to the Editor in Kansas City Star calls for Senate action on kidney health, KidneyX appropriations

For nearly 50 years kidney disease, one of the most deadly and costly chronic diseases has been overlooked by government, healthcare professionals, and the public—until now.

ASN Policy Q&A on the Advancing American Kidney Health initiative: Part 1

The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) Department of Policy and Public Affairs team has received numerous questions from interested members and from the broader kidney community on the recent Executive Order on Advancing American Kidney Health...

Overview: Advancing American Kidney Health initiative

AAKHI.PNGIn the first major transformation in kidney care in almost 50 years, the Trump Administration announced the Advancing the American Kidney Health initiative on July 10, 2019. The comprehensive kidney health strategy will bring sweeping changes to care for people with kidney diseases, including more choices for dialysis modalities, greater access to transplantation, and concerted support for development of innovative therapies, including artificial kidneys.

In Case You Missed It: Exclusive ASN Webinar on Advancing American Kidney Health

On July 26, 2019, the ASN policy team hosted anexclusive webinar discussing the Advancing American Kidney Health initiative. Click to see the slides used during the presentation. EAGnfkXW4AQEvvp_0.jpg

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