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 is actively working on numerous fronts to promote equity within kidney health care and among kidney health professionals. However, the growing prevalence of kidney disorders, brought into sharp relief by the COVID-19 pandemic, has provided a fierce sense of urgency that more must be done to dismantle systemic racial and socioeconomic barriers to kidney health, and to address the root cause behind these disparities: racism.
- Posted Wednesday, June 10, 2020 @ 6:02 PM
During the COVID-19 PHE, our entire health care system is working to keep patients safe by avoiding contact – in addition to prevailing social distancing efforts – with other patients and health professionals to minimize the spread of the virus and flatten the curve. To further reduce exposure to the virus for patients with kidney failure and their care teams, ASN urges CMS to immediately halt all in-person infection control surveys/inspections for the duration of the PHE, including those referred to ask "desktop" surveys or any other names.
- Posted Tuesday, April 14, 2020 @ 11:40 AM
The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) provided comments and critique of the proposed rule on Medicare Advantage (MA) for 2021 and 2022 on April 6, 2020. In 2021, by law, MA plans will be open to patients with kidney failure as opposed to those who were already enrolled in MA plans before advancing to kidney failure and remain enrolled after kidney failure.
- Posted Tuesday, April 07, 2020 @ 2:07 PM
ASN Raises Policy Actions to HHS Secretary Azar to Address Care of Kidney Patients During COVID-19 Pandemic
ASN has identified several actions necessary for the federal government to take to optimize the care and safety of kidney patients and health professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click READ MORE to view ASN's full letter to Secretary Azar.
- Posted Thursday, March 19, 2020 @ 5:45 PM
The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) provided comments of support and recommendations for improvement on the proposed rule for Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs) Conditions for Coverage: Revisions to the Outcome Measure Requirements for Organ Procurement Organization proposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The proposed rule intends to require transparent, verifiable, and uniform metrics by which CMS can evaluate OPO performance.
- Posted Monday, February 24, 2020 @ 11:20 AM
ASN supported the proposed rule on Removing Financial Disincentives to Living Organ Donation issued by Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and recommended further changes in its comment letter to the agency February 18, 2020.
- Posted Thursday, February 20, 2020 @ 2:42 PM
The American Society of Nephrology has developed and released the Kidney Care First (KCF) Model Calculator for nephrologists and nephrology practices to help them evaluate how they might perform in the voluntary payment program. The calculator is a guide only and does not calculate every variable that a practice might face; however, it is designed to examine the difference in nephrology practice reimbursement in the status quo versus the KCF Option in the Kidney Care Choices (KCC) Model. This device is intended for practices already considering the KCF Option.
- Posted Monday, January 13, 2020 @ 8:06 PM
The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) announced a new partnership with the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to work on the new Public Awareness Initiative outlined in the Executive Order on Advancing American Kidney Health. The goals are to enhance awareness of kidney disease, educate clinical professionals and spur innovation by entities serving the kidney disease community. The collaboration will provide education about the risks of kidney disease and promote the early detection, treatment and management of kidney disease to improve patient outcomes. This initiative will also share information to enhance awareness of the causes and consequences of kidney disease.
- Posted Thursday, November 14, 2019 @ 11:18 AM
ASN urges the administration to expeditiously implement objective, transparent metrics to evaluate and improve organ procurement organization efforts, in support of the Advancing American Kidney Health initiative.
- Posted Monday, October 07, 2019 @ 11:52 AM
ASN has evaluated the proposed ETC Model and identified "Essential Elements for Ensuring Success." The society outlines these recommendations in a comment letter to the Innovation Center of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Also, ASN joins the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) and the Renal Physicians Association (RPA) in a second comment letter outlining the five overarching issues the three organizations agree need to be addressed in the proposed rule.
- Posted Tuesday, September 17, 2019 @ 11:54 AM
The White House and Department of Health and Human Services Secretary on July 10, 2019, unveiled the Advancing American Kidney Health initiative. President Trump signed an Executive Order launching the initiative. The initiative seeks to: 1) Prevent kidney failure through better diagnosis, treatment, and preventative care. 2) Increase affordable alternative treatment options, educate patients on treatment alternatives, and encourage the development of artificial kidneys. 3) Increase access to kidney transplants by modernizing the transplant system and updating counterproductive regulations."
- Posted Wednesday, July 17, 2019 @ 10:53 AM