Some experts, lawmakers concerned about Hahn’s agenda as FDA commissioner

December 3, 2019
In an 18 to 5 vote earlier today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee sent the nomination of Stephen M. Hahn

Nephrology codes stable for 2020, but CMS makes payment changes for AKI, incentive program

December 3, 2019
Nephrology practices will not see much difference in outpatient dialysis payments from Medicare in 2020, but changes to the program’s…
In the Journals

PD use increased after Medicare payment reform, but disparities in access remain

November 22, 2019
Recently published findings determined that PD use increased after the implementation of the 2011 Medicare prospective payment system for dialysis…

CMS finalizes payment rules, changes to ESRD Quality Incentive Program for outpatient dialysis

November 1, 2019
CMS has finalized changes to the Medicare rules for the ESRD Prospective Payment System and the ESRD Quality Incentive Program, which will become…

CMS Innovation Center releases applications for Advancing American Kidney Health voluntary payment models

October 25, 2019
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation has released a request for application for the Kidney Care Choices model, a proposal that offers new…
FDA News

Oncologist could be next FDA commissioner nominee

October 24, 2019
The Trump administration is expected to announce that Stephen M. Hahn, MD, chief medical executive and professor of radiation oncology at The…

Congressional members cite lack of patient choice, unrealistic goals in ESRD Treatment Choices model

October 23, 2019
A letter signed by 74 members of Congress and led by Kidney Caucus chair Larry Bucshon, MD, R-Ind., and co-chair Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., urges…

California governor signs bill to restrict dialysis profits

October 14, 2019
California Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation yesterday that will restrict the amount of money dialysis providers and drug rehabilitation…
In the Journals

‘Presumed consent’ policy may help improve organ donation in the US

October 11, 2019
According to a recently published study, implementing a policy that requires citizens to “opt-out” of being an organ donor may help…

AKF: Why California AB 290 will hurt patients

October 11, 2019
For 2 years, the American Kidney Fund has engaged with a broad coalition of patient and disease groups, community organizations, minority advocates…