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Payment and Treatment for Dialysis Patients: CMS Issues Final Rulings

On Friday, October 31, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued final regulations regarding payments to dialysis facilities and quality measures dialysis facilities must meet in 2017 and 2018 to avoid facing a penalty. Advertisements

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Be a Part of NKF’s Kidney Patient Summit

The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is hosting the 2nd Annual Kidney Patient Summit in Washington, DC, on March 2-3, 2015.  Join us for this special National Kidney Month event as we unite as one voice to tell Congress about the importance of … Continue reading

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Join NKF and Make a Difference

You may already follow the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Maybe you read our blog posts or visit our website for information. But did you know you can also join NKF and become part of the … Continue reading

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Oregon Reverses its Proposal on 24 Month Waiting Period for Transplant Coverage

In our November 13, 2013 post Help Us Prevent Discriminatory Kidney Care Policies we asked you to take action to keep Oregon State from permitting private insurance companies to adopt waiting periods of up to 24 months on organ and bone … Continue reading

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Access to Immunosuppressive Drugs under Medicare Part D is at Risk

Medicare beneficiaries who do not qualify for immunosuppressive drug coverage under Medicare Part B (the Medicare program that covers outpatient care) typically receive coverage of their immunosuppressive drugs under the Medicare prescription drug program known as Medicare Part D.  Under … Continue reading

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Year in Review: NKF Public Policy and Advocacy

Advocacy and public policy efforts were in full swing this past year and the National Kidney Foundation worked to maximize opportunities to improve kidney care. Here is a snapshot of our top advocacy activities in 2013. The Comprehensive Immunosuppressive Drug … Continue reading

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Advocacy Update: HOPE Act Passed

On November 13, 2013 the HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act passed into law and is expected to be signed by the President. This act ends the Federal ban on transplanting HIV positive organs to HIV positive recipients, which will … Continue reading

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Help Us Prevent Discriminatory Kidney Care Policies

The state of Oregon is currently proposing a policy to allow health plans to effectively put a two year waiting period on covering organ and bone marrow transplants unless the patient had prior insurance coverage.  This policy would apply to … Continue reading

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Advocacy Update: Support Continues to Build for Immunosuppressive Legislation

Momentum is growing on the Medicare immunosuppressive legislation!  Following the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s hearing on H.R. 1428 in late June, additional Representatives have signed on as cosponsors for a total of almost 80.  Also, in his remarks before … Continue reading

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Who Gets the Kidney? 5 Changes to the Allocation System

More than 96,000 Americans are currently on the waiting list for a life-saving kidney and if this year follows the trend of years past, there will only be about 16,500 kidneys donated. Clearly, the demand is far greater than the … Continue reading

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