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Welcome to the RPA's PAL Program

RPA launched the NCAP initiative in 2003 to provide robust policy and regulatory education and training and shape policies at the federal and local level. In 2018, RPA unveiled a NEW name for its advocacy program. NCAP is now RPA Policy Advocacy Leadership (RPA PAL). 


Through RPA PAL nephrologists, practice managers and administrators receive training to help ensure that coverage and payment policies do not compromise kidney patient care. 

This educational effort enables nephrology practitioners and practice managers to feel comfortable talking about public policy issues with federal, state and local elected and appointed officials.

As a forum for nephrology leaders, RPA PAL provides the best strategies for promoting awareness of kidney disease among policy makers and ensuring the continuation of best practices in patient care.  


The 2018 NCAP Annual Forum was held June 23-24,2018 in Washington, DC.The 16th Annual NCAP Forum and 2018 webinar series is supported by an educational grant from Amgen.


2019 Annual Forum will be held June 22-23, 2019 in Arlington, VA




2017 RPA Webinar Series

Building Block for Effective Advocacy 
Speaker: Brendan Bowman, MD
Available on RPA eLearning

Impact of Coverage Decisions on Dialysis Frequency
Speakers: Rebecca Schmidt, DO and Lawrence Weisberg, MD
Available on RPA eLearning

Successful Participation in the Quality Payment Program
Speaker: Terry Ketchersid, MD
Available on RPA eLearning

ESRD Bundle Add-on: What Nephrologists Need to Know
Speaker: Keith Bellovich, DO
Available on RPA eLearning

The 2017 NCAP webinar series was supported by an educational grant from Amgen.


2017 NCAP Annual Forum 
The 15th Annual RPA NCAP Forum was held June 3-4, 2017 in Washington, DC. The Annual Forum was supported by an educational grant from Amgen. 

View the presentations. 


There's no registration fee to attend NCAP or Capitol Hill Day and all nephrology practitioners and practice managers are invited to attend!

Here’s what past attendees have said about this Forum:

"The ONLY place to get comprehensive info regarding policy and payment matters."

“NCAP gives me direct insight into reimbursement issues facing nephrology practices in other regions as well as my own. I find this an important “heads up” as to trends that might be coming my way.”

“NCAP helps me understand the nuances of payment systems."

“NCAP provides perspectives that can't be gotten anywhere else."

For more information, please contact Amy Beckrich at 301-468-3515 or

If you are a CAC representative, please let us know by contacting Amy Beckrich at

Renal Physicians Association

1700 Rockville Pike
Suite 220
Rockville, MD 20852

Phone: 301-468-3515
Fax: 301-468-3511

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