Congress introduces legislation on improving access to kidney care

October 1, 2019
The U.S. House of Representatives has introduced legislation that would improve education options and promote access to treatment for kidney disease…

California bill on dialysis profits awaits governor’s decision

September 30, 2019
After nearly 2 years of debate, a governor veto, a failed ballot proposition and millions of dollars spent by dialysis providers and health care…

ACR: Safe Step Act would limit 'inappropriate' step therapy use

September 27, 2019
A bipartisan bill introduced in the U.S. Senate this week would establish guidelines to prevent the inappropriate use of step therapy in…

Kidney community offers pushback on ESRD Treatment Choices model

September 27, 2019
Professional associations in nephrology, dialysis providers and patient groups joined recent criticism by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission…
In the Journals

New Kidney Allocation System has not ended socioeconomic disparities in preemptive transplant

September 26, 2019
Despite the implementation of the Kidney Allocation System in 2014, black and Hispanic patients — as well as those receiving Medicare instead…

CMS finalizes rules projected to save $800M, 4 million burden hours annually

September 26, 2019
CMS administrator Seema Verna, MPH, announced final rules today that will save health care providers approximately $800 million and 4 million burden…

AAFP: Lack of congressional action puts health care of millions at risk

September 24, 2019
American Academy of Family Physicians president John Cullen, MD, warned that Congress’ failure to approve comprehensive funding legislation by…

Citing ‘methodological concerns,’ MedPAC advises CMS not to launch ESRD Treatment Choices payment model

September 18, 2019
In a letter released earlier this month, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission urged CMS Administrator Seema Verma to not implement its ESRD…

Global kidney care manufacturers shift focus in wake of Advancing American Kidney Health

September 12, 2019
Advancing American Kidney Health, an executive order signed by President Donald J. Trump in July, has the goals of reducing the number of Americans…

370 medical groups petition Congress for prior authorization reform

September 11, 2019
The American College of Rheumatology has joined 369 other patient, physician and health care professional groups in calling on Congress to pass a…