September 2017 Issue of eNews


September 2017 

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A Word from President Krishna Komanduri, MD   
Dear colleagues, I want to provide a positive update on the importance of ASBMT advocacy that I highlighted in my previous column. Just as storms can directly threaten any of us, I noted last month that changing financial climates can influence the security and sustainability of our transplant centers. This summer, the ASBMT and its partners became aware of proposed Center for Medicare Services (CMS) changes in reimbursement that had the potential to severely reduce inpatient payments for transplant episodes (by as much as 70% or more). READ MORE

Early Registration and Abstract Submissions are Now Open
for the 2018 BMT Tandem Meetings

Online registration, abstract submission and housing reservations are now open for the 2018 BMT Tandem Meetings. Innovative educational sessions and related conferences will provide tools to improve your skills, broaden your knowledge base, and help you lead the future of BMT. Early registration allows you to take advantage of discounted registration rates, make reservations at your preferred hotel, and purchase your ticket to the BMT Tandem Meetings Reception, as space is limited. READ MORE.

Policy Perspectives: Eclipses & Ellipses…
by Stephanie Farnia, ASBMT Director of Health Policy and Strategic Relations
It has been a much busier summer in the health policy world than usual – multiple comment periods for CMS proposed annual policy rules, uncertainty around the Affordable Care Act repeal efforts and a couple of ‘out of left field’ issues I’m blaming on eclipse-driven zaniness. In large part, summer in the policy area is always reactionary – anticipating proposed rules and responding as needed when they are released – but this year felt particularly so.. READ MORE.  

CRTC Through the Eyes of an Instructor 

by Carlos A. Ramos, MD, Baylor College of Medicine
This July, I was invited to participate as an instructor in the ASBMT Clinical Research Training Course. This opportunity was unique for me because I attended the first CRTC in 2007 as a scholar. This year, 12 scholars and 10 faculty members from across the transplant spectrum gathered in Charlotte, NC, to review the principles of translational and clinical research. Each scholar brought a clinical research project to present to the group, and all participants discussed and further dissected these projects in small groups that met throughout the course, with the intent of enabling each scholar to use the feedback to refine the proposed clinical trial. READ MORE.

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