Advocacy and Public Policy

Advocacy and Public Policy

Shaping Public Policy for Nephrology Health Professionals

ASN promotes the highest quality care by serving as the professional organization informing health policy in kidney disease. Click on the magnifying glass to search by keyword or follow links at the left for more information.


ASN President Testifies Before Congress

On Wednesday, April 9, 2014, ASN President Sharon M. Moe, MD, FASN, testified before the House Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee for Research and Technology in support of federal prize competitions to spur innovative kidney therapies. Dr. Moe underscored how competitions could provide a powerful impetus to develop more efficient and cost-effective treatments for kidney disease. Click on "Read more" below to access the hearing webcast, Dr. Moe's written and oral testimony, and a podcast interview with Dr. Moe about her testimony.

Posted: Thursday, April 10 @ 2:20 PM

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ASN and ASPN Rally Record Support for Kidney Research Funding

In an unprecedented show of support, nearly 35 kidney patient and health professional organizations, dialysis providers, and coalitions have joined together to urge Congress to increase funding for NIDDK and kidney research in 2015. Click on "Read more" below to read the joint letter.

Posted: Friday, April 04 @ 10:52 AM

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Congress passes HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act, an ASN advocacy priority

Congress has passed the HIV Organ Transplant Equity (HOPE) Act, HR 698/S330, a major ASN policy priority. Once signed into law by the president, the HOPE Act will facilitate greater access to transplant by lifting a federal ban on research into transplanting organs from deceased HIV+ donors to HIV+ patients, one day potentially shortening the wait time for HIV+ patients and people without HIV waiting for a transplant.

Posted: Wednesday, November 13 @ 11:31 AM

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New Report Highlights Harm of Budget Cuts on Research

A new report co-sponsored by ASN from NDD United says across-the-board budget cuts are jeopardizing research and harming patients. Click on "Read more" below to read the report and then go to ASN's "Legislative Action Center" (on left) to urge Congress to protect NIH and kidney research from more cuts.

Posted: Tuesday, November 12 @ 1:25 PM

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Recommendations for the ESRD Seamless Care Organization (ESCO) Program

ASN and seven other patient and health professional organizations met with top CMS and CMMI leaders to present joint recommendations for improving the ESCO program on September 18, 2013.

Posted: Friday, November 01 @ 4:07 PM

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ASN Responds to CMS ESRD PPS/QIP Proposed Rule for 2014

The new Medicare ESRD Program Prospective Payment System (PPS) proposed rule issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) includes a 10% cut to bundled payments for dialysis treatments. ASN is concerned that this cut may limit access to care for patients on dialysis and urges CMS to develop an alternative to protect this vulnerable group of patients. ASN is also reviewing whether the proposed changes to the Quality Incentive Program (QIP) are evidence-based, fair, and will not compromise the care of kidney patients.

Posted: Thursday, September 12 @ 12:05 PM

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Comprehensive Immunosuppressive Drug Coverage Bill Introduced in the Senate

United States Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) introduced bipartisan legislation to improve the quality of life for people with kidney disease. The Comprehensive Immunosuppressive Drug Coverage for Kidney Transplant Patients Act would assist thousands of Americans under the age of 65 who are being cut off from Medicare after 36 months by extending coverage of immunosuppressive drugs for kidney transplant recipients.

Posted: Thursday, February 14 @ 5:18 PM

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HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act Legislation Introduced in the Senate

United States Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) introduced the HOPE Act (HIV Organ Policy Equity Act), legislation that would end the federal ban on federal research into organ donations from HIV-positive donors to HIV-positive recipients. The bipartisan measure would open a pathway to the eventual transplantation of these organs, offering hope to thousands of HIV-positive patients who are currently on waiting lists for life-saving organs.

Posted: Thursday, February 14 @ 1:22 PM

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Recommendations to CMMI for Integrated Care Pilot Program

Recommendations from ASN and eight other patient and health professional organizations to CMS and CMMI for a potential integrated nephrology care delivery pilot program.

Posted: Monday, October 22 @ 12:41 PM

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ASN Announces a New Partnership with the FDA

The Kidney Health Initiative (KHI) will advance scientific understanding of the patient safety and treatment implications of new and existing medical products.

Posted: Thursday, September 27 @ 10:58 AM

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