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STSW Enters 3-Part Collaboration with Dental Lifeline Network

STSW Enters 3-Part Collaboration with Dental Lifeline Network The Society for Transplant Social Workers (STSW) is collaborating with Dental Lifeline Network (DLN) in three important areas: Advocacy:  Along with many other medical and professional organizations, STSW signed on to a community statement urging the Center for Medicare

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Important UNOS Changes for Liver, Lung and Heart  

Important UNOS Changes for Liver, Lung and Heart   The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) has made substantive policy changes for liver and lung allocation. American transplant social workers need to be aware of them, and of potential changes for heart allocation in the coming year as

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Contact your SENATOR Within the next 24 hours re Repair of ACA

We’re not sure which one they’re voting on…the AHCA passed by the House, or BCRA 1 (failed the Senate) or BCRA 2 (not voted on because 3 Senators had said no). If you have concerns about the legislation, call or email your senators NOW.  The vote is Tuesday.

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ACA Appeal, AHCA & BCRA

The United States House of Representatives voted May 4, 2017, to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with the American Health Care Act (AHCA). The United States Senate is debating its replacement plan, the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). These proposed changes to the ACA are of critical

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Living Donor Protection Act Reintroduced

Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) introduced the Living Donor Protection Act of 2017 on March 1, to protect the rights of living organ donors. Please advocate now on behalf of this important legislation. The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) does not specify

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Chronic Care Management Services

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has new resources to help you and your patients understand Chronic Care Management (CCM) services. These free materials are available: Postcard for Health Care Professionals: An overview of CCM, the four billing codes for payment, and how to learn

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What about the ACA?

What health insurance coverage will be available to patients with chronic illness in 2018?  It is hard to know at this time. Key issues loom in the balance, and a vote on the the American Health Care Act of 2017 (HR 1628) is scheduled for Thursday, March 22.

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Fourth Annual Kidney Patient Summit

Advocates are going to Capitol Hill again to ask their legislators to co-sponsor the Living Donor Protection Act.  The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) brought together nearly 150 people from six kidney organizations to meet with their representatives March 6-7 in the 4th annual Kidney Patient Summit. The

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Write to your Representative regarding HR 6265 “Medigap Consumer Protection Act of 2016”

Writing to your Representative regarding HR 6265 “Medigap Consumer Protection Act of 2016” http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/ I find it pretty easy to use the above link to find and write to Congress.  You may have another way. Key points (see attached bill HR 6265 Medigap Consumer Protection Act of

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CMS’ examines inappropriate steering of people eligible for Medicare or Medicaid into Marketplace Plans

Attached please find the Federal Register notice for CMS’ Request for Information for “Inappropriate Steering of Individuals Eligible for or Receiving Medicare and Medicaid Benefits to Individual Market Plans”. Instructions for submitting comments can be found in the attached PDF or on the website where comments can

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2017 Conference Exhibitors