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National committees provide an important link between the association’s governing body and RPA members. By participating on a committee, you may contribute to your professional society in a specific area in which you have expertise or in which you are interested in expanding your knowledge. Committee participation is rewarding and provides members with a greater understanding of national issues facing the organization as well as the unique opportunity to work on a team to develop recommendations to address problems and challenges facing the nephrology specialty.

The RPA Board of Directors represents and serves the interests of nephrology practitioners in their pursuit and delivery of quality renal health care.

 Registered Members

• Review and revise as necessary RPA’s policies on credentialing issues.
• Monitor/develop policy as needed on nephrology workforce issues.
• Monitor technological advancements and their impact on delivery of care.
• Increase, define and promote the role of nephrologists as principal providers and leaders of the renal care team for CKD/ESRD patients.
• Document and disseminate data regarding the value of nephrologist-directed renal care.

 Registered Members

 Registered Members

• Develop themes, content, and recommend speakers for RPA annual meeting program, RPA renal fellows workshop, and develop content for online education.
• Represent RPA on planning committees for meeting sponsored by other relevant organizations and recommend RPA-related topics and speakers for those programs (e.g., NKF, ASN, ANNA, AAKP, NRAA and other meetings.)
• Participate on scheduled planning conference calls
• Attend the Annual Meeting in March

 Registered Members

• Empowered to make decisions (on behalf of the Board) in the best interests of the association on a daily basis for matters requiring action in between Board meetings.
• Strengthen the responsibility/accountability of RPA committees/task forces to perform the work of the RPA.
• Annually evaluate the performance of the association executive director.
• Does not set policy.

 Registered Members

• Prepare and present to the RPA Board the annual association budget.
• Monitor RPA’s financial status and monthly statements.
• Review the annual audit.
• Identify non-dues revenue opportunities.
• Develop and monitor investment strategy for association funds.
• Recommend changes to dues structure as appropriate.

 Registered Members

• Strengthen the public/private policy agenda for RPA.
• Increase effectiveness with influencing and educating key legislators/regulators.
• Increase RPA’s leadership role within the nephrology community for public and private sector policy development.
• Increase partnerships/alliances with relevant organizations as appropriate.
• Increase collaboration with industry initiatives where appropriate.
• Increase influence with non-renal organizations such as ACP, ABIM and AMA.

 Registered Members

• Increase awareness and develop tools to assist members with negotiating contracts with payers.
• Promote reasonable compensation for nephrologists.
• Monitor and make recommendations in the area of physician payment.
• Review and recommend changes needed in CPT coding and the Medicare fee schedule.
• Maintain liaison with the AMA RUC and CPT advisory panels.
• Respond to RPA members’ concerns/problems related to physician payment.

 Registered Members

 Registered Members

 Registered Members

• Develop a slate of officers and Board of Director candidates for Board and membership consideration, respectively.
• Develop and implement strategies to increase the pool of potential candidates for Board positions.
• Achieve Board composition that includes individuals with diverse expertise and is representative of the RPA membership.
• Assess Board member participation and performance.

 Registered Members

 Registered Members

 Registered Members

RPA established RPA PAC in 2005 to help expand its advocacy and better position itself with lawmakers. Through the voluntary support of RPA members, RPA PAC helps elect candidates, regardless of party affiliation, who share RPA’s concerns on major issues that affect nephrologists, nephrology practices, and kidney patients. RPA PAC facilitates the ability of RPA to nimbly respond to changes affecting nephrology practice that are the result of legislative or regulatory action.

 Registered Members

• Plan programs of particular interest to practice manager members at RPA annual meeting.
• Assist with resolving coding/reimbursement problems.
• Develop materials to educate members about proper billing, coding and documentation practices.
• Oversee development and analysis of benchmarking survey.

 Registered Members

• Develop policies related to clinical practice guidelines and clinical performance measures.
• Develop practice guidelines in areas where the RPA identifies specific needs or opportunities and has appropriate expertise.
• Increase acceptance and appropriate use of guidelines and performance measures by practicing nephrologists, regulatory agencies and providers.
• Develop implementation strategies for guidelines and physician performance measures.

 Registered Members

RPA/REF’s efforts are directed toward improving the practice of nephrology and quality of care to patients with Kidney disease.

 Registered Members

Renal Physicians Association

1700 Rockville Pike
Suite 220
Rockville, MD 20852

Phone: 301-468-3515
Fax: 301-468-3511
Email: rpa@renalmd.org

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