HHS Releases Proposed Rule to Support the Advancing American Kidney Health Initiative

July 18, 2019

Lexington, KY---The Vascular Access Society of the Americas (VASA) applauds the July 10th announcement by President Trump outlining the Advancing American Kidney Health initiative to improve the lives of Americans suffering from kidney disease, expand options for American patients, and reduce healthcare costs.

“VASA is truly optimistic about the potential for these unprecedented executive agency efforts to transform kidney health,” said Jeffrey Lawson, M.D., Ph.D., VASA President. “From a commitment to prevention and treatment to investments in the innovations that will become tomorrow’s cures, we believe that the Administration’s focus on the advancement of patient-centered initiatives that span the continuum of care can make a lasting difference, not only for the 37 million Americans affected by kidney disease, but also for the millions of Americans that may never get it because of this initiative.”

Administration officials from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other federal agencies will oversee aspects of the Advancing American Kidney Health initiative. Upon the announcement, HHS laid out three goals for improving kidney health:
  1. Reducing the number of Americans developing end-stage renal disease by 25 percent by 2030
  2. Having 80 percent of new ESRD patients in 2025 either receiving dialysis at home or receiving a transplant
  3. Doubling the number of kidneys available for transplant by 2030
In addition, HHS released proposed rules today, which include payment models containing reimbursement incentives for preventing kidney disease and managing kidney patients’ health in a more comprehensive and person-centered way.

“As with most things, the devil is in the details,” stated Dr. Lawson. “VASA leaders look forward to reviewing the proposed regulations, published today in the Federal Register and to sharing our views from the front lines with administration officials. We must ensure that hemodialysis access is appropriately included and recognized, so that the important work carried out by multi-disciplinary vascular access team members, who deliver life-changing care for our patients and their families throughout the nation every day can continue.”

About VASA
The Vascular Access Society of the Americas (VASA) promotes dialysis access through educational and research activities designed to enhance patient care and promote the highest standards of medical practice. VASA serves as a unified voice for surgeons, nephrologists, interventional nephrologists, interventional radiologists, dialysis nurses, nurse coordinators, technicians, and individuals involved in dialysis research and clinical care in North, Central, and South America. For more information, please visit www.vasamd.org.