Policy-Advocacy

Seamless Care in ESRD: Early Results from the Comprehensive ESRD Care Model

ESRD Seamless Care Organizations (ESCOs) may be the most flexible and innovative care model in nephrology over the past several decades.  Tom Duvall, co-lead for the Comprehensive ESRD Care (CEC) Model at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), provided a national overview of ESCOs since their start in 2015.  Dr. Dylan Steer, CEO of Balboa Nephrology Medical Group, then shared his ground-level experience with running an ESCO.

Policy and Advocacy for the Disadvantaged and Vulnerable during Kidney Week

“I wish he had a better death, but more than that, I wish he had a better life.” 

Nephrology Challenges and Opportunities Front and Center in Policy Discussions in Day 1 of Kidney Week 2018

2018 ASN Kidney Week officially kicked off on October 25 with a Plenary Session focused on the changing dynamics in nephrology and the influence of policy and advocacy in achieving innovations in care. ASN President, Dr. Mark Okusa, MD, FASN, delivered his opening remarks with not just aspirational goals for the direction of nephrology, but also outlining the stark realities confronting nephrology.

ASN and 35 Kidney Care Organizations Voice Support for HHS’ Efforts in Formation of KidneyX

The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and 35 kidney care organizations wrote to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar, JD, to express their strong support and gratitude for the formation of KidneyX, a public-private partnership to accelerate innovation in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of kidney diseases.

ASN, Kidney Health Organizations Ask Congress to Increase Investment in Kidney Disease Research, Support Innovations in Kidney Medicine

The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) organized the fourth Kidney Community Advocacy Day (KCAD) on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, bringing together 13 organizations in the kidney community to raise the profile of kidney diseases with lawmakers.

Update: ASN Scores Wins in Appropriations Process

As reported in the August edition of Kidney News Online, these priorities include a $2 billion funding increase for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and language supporting KidneyX, the study of immunosuppressive drug coverage for kidney transplant patients, Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) coverage for living organ donors, and recognition of the discrepancy between investment in kidney research and financial burden of kidney diseases.

Congressional Kidney Caucus Briefing Highlights Innovation in Kidney Care

The Congressional Kidney Caucus hosted a briefing titled The Vital Public-Private Partnership in Kidney Care: Advancing Care, Research & Innovation for Individuals with Kidney Diseases, Kidney Failure and Transplants on Friday, September 28, 2018.

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

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