NEWS & PRESS RELEASES

American Journal of Managed Care

Does Medicare Support Coordinated Care for Those on Dialysis? Actions Speak Louder than Words

For years, our nation’s policymakers and elected officials have focused tremendous efforts toward transforming health care into a value-based system, one that tackles health disparities through coordinated care services. In fact, CMS Administrator Seema Verma recently found Medicare’s fee-for-service system “insufficient” and called for increased urgency to create a system that focuses on the total person and…

Read More +
American Journal of Managed Care

Under New Rule, MA Plans Can Keep a Blindfold on Dialysis Facility Choice for Individuals With Kidney Failure

Patient choice has always been the cornerstone of my beliefs. In 2016, Congress decided that people who are eligible for Medicare due to a diagnosis of End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) would become eligible to enroll in Medicare Advantage (MA) plans beginning January 1, 2021. MA is an option under Medicare to receive coverage through a private…

Read More +
Modern Healthcare

CMS rule makes it more difficult for dialysis patients to access care

Americans living with chronic diseases often face discriminatory practices by health plans, making it difficult to access care. This is particularly true for those living with kidney failure, or end-stage renal disease. The kidney community celebrated passage of the 2016 21st Century Cures Act, which allowed for both newly diagnosed and existing ESRD patients to…

Read More +
Fierce Healthcare

More attention to patient-centric kidney care policies needed amidst COVID-19 pandemic

Since COVID-19 reached the U.S., normal day-to-day life has come to an unprecedented, screeching halt. While work, school and commerce have slowed, what we have learned—and continue to learn—about COVID-19 is moving at what seems like light speed. Several short months ago, few people were wearing masks in public because we assumed only those individuals…

Read More +

Kidney Care Partners Reacts to Recently Released Prospective Payment System (PPS) Rule

WASHINGTON, DC – Kidney Care Partners (KCP) – the nation’s leading kidney care multi-stakeholder coalition representing patient advocates, physician organizations, health professional groups, dialysis providers, researchers, and manufacturers – today shared the following in reaction to the recently released Prospective Payment System (PPS) Rule: KCP remains supportive of the Transitional Drug Add-on Payment Adjustment (TDAPA) for…

Read More +
The Hill

COVID-19 and kidney disease: A deadly intersection that requires investment in prevention, research

In the months since the novel coronavirus first began infecting individuals in the United States, Americans – health care professionals, researchers, and the public alike – have received a rapid and ever-changing education in the medical science on this devasting virus. What we initially understood as primarily a respiratory illness has proven itself to be…

Read More +
MedPage Today

Business Rivals Join to Help Vulnerable Kidney Patients During COVID-19

When COVID-19 began spreading rapidly across the United States, government officials responded with stay-at-home orders, business closures, cancellations of elective procedures, and many other unprecedented measures to slow the spread of the virus. Yet, as Americans did their part to social distance and protect their neighbors and loved ones, kidney patients, and particularly those on dialysis, faced…

Read More +

Kidney Care Partners Pleased CMS Implements Expansion of Medicare Advantage Program, Concerned Other Changes Could Undermine Care Access for Patients with Kidney Failure

WASHINGTON, DC – Kidney Care Partners (KCP) – the nation’s leading kidney care multi-stakeholder coalition representing patient advocates, physician organizations, health professional groups, dialysis providers, researchers, and manufacturers – sent a letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary, Alex Azar and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma applauding CMS…

Read More +

Kidney Care Partners Opposes Discriminatory Policies Toward Nation’s Most Vulnerable Patients with Kidney Disease, Kidney Failure During Pandemic

Kidney Community Applauds HHS Office for Civil Rights for Enforcing Anti-Discrimination Regulations to Address Potential for Denial of Medical, Ventilator Care for Kidney Patients with COVID-19 WASHINGTON, DC – Kidney Care Partners (KCP) – the nation’s leading kidney care multi-stakeholder coalition representing patient advocates, physician organizations, health professional groups, dialysis providers, researchers, and manufacturers –…

Read More +
Morning Consult

More Federal Help Is Needed to Address COVID-19 Crisis Facing Kidney Patients

In times of crisis, Americans always find a way to answer the call. The COVID-19 emergency, although unique to history, is no different. We are taking necessary precautions, maintaining social distance and helping our neighbors. We are following the science, observing guidelines and working together to flatten the curve — with the hope of saving…

Read More +