ESCO demonstration shows reduction in hospitalizations, more dialysis sessions

September 11, 2019
A new report on the second performance year of the Comprehensive End-Stage Renal Disease Care Model shows improvements in patient outcomes, including…

Advocates lobby for bills to reform step therapy, expand rheumatology workforce

September 10, 2019
More than 100 patient advocates, including physicians and health professionals from the American College of Rheumatology, took to Capitol Hill this…

California Senate passes bill that would restrict dialysis profits

September 10, 2019
Despite 52 amendments added to the legislation just last week, the California Senate voted 21-19 on Sept. 9 to accept the changes and approve A.B…

ACR: CVS-Aetna merger threatens efforts to lower drug costs

September 6, 2019
The American College of Rheumatology issued a warning on Friday that a U.S. District Court judge’s decision to allow CVS Health Corp to merge…

Trump administration proposes rule to improve substance use disorder treatment, reduce PCP burden

August 23, 2019
HHS Secretary Alex Azar has proposed a rule that he said would improve substance use disorder treatment and reduce primary care providers’…
In the Journals

Medicaid expansion states see 66% increase in covered kidney transplants

August 22, 2019
States that implemented Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act saw greater increases in covered preemptive kidney transplants than did…

CMS releases more details on Kidney Care First, other payment models

August 22, 2019
In a recent webinar, CMS offered more details on four new voluntary kidney payment models that are part of the Advancing American Kidney Health…
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One health system’s experience relevant to proposed price transparency rule

August 21, 2019
CMS recently proposed a rule requiring hospitals to disclose the amount that patients would pay for services before they receive care. The rule is…
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Analysts debate Senate drug pricing bill’s likelihood of making an impact

August 19, 2019
The Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act, introduced last month by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Ranking Member…

HHS holding webinar today on Advancing American Kidney Health payment models

August 15, 2019
HHS is holding its first webinar, open to the public today, that will provide details on its four new voluntary kidney payment models for the…