Policy-Advocacy

US Midterm Elections Bring Healthcare Changes in States

Results of state ballot initiatives in this week’s US elections involving healthcare in Idaho, Nebraska, Utah, Alabama, West Virginia, Maine, Massachusetts, and California.

2019 MIPS Payment Information released by Medicare

Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released finalized 2017 performance data for the Quality Payment Program (QPP) that will be used to determine clinician reimbursement adjustments for calendar year 2019 – the first year for adjusted payments under the new program.

Medicare Releases FInal Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) Rule, Including Revisions to E&M Codes

Thursday afternoon, November 1, Medicare released the final Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) rule containing some revisions to evaluation and management (E&M) codes in terms of documentation requirements but no changes in reimbursement levels for the next two years – but year three is another matter. 

KidneyX Innovators Showcase at Kidney Week 2018

KidneyX_logo_1.PNGTo inspire creative solutions that will improve the treatment of kidney diseases, the first KidneyX Innovators Showcase was held on Saturday, October 29, 2018 at the American Society of Nephrology’s annual Kidney Week conference.

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.

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