Acute Kidney Injury

Physician stress and burnout: The causes and potential solutions for nephrologists

At Kidney Week in New Orleans, I presented a session on the impact of growing stress and burnout in Nephrologists and how it might affect physician attitudes and behaviors toward patient care. The main point of my talk was to recognize how serious an issue physician dissatisfaction, stress, and burnout is, the causes and the barriers, and what can be done to help our physicians (and staff) better adjust to the pressures of today’s health care environment.


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NKF releases results from patient-led survey on kidney disease research priorities

Yesterday, September 28, 2017, the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) published findings from a “year-long outreach and engagement with patients and caregivers to identify patient-led kidney disease research priorities”. The findings “include the research topics that matter most to patients and family members affected by kidney disease; barriers that prevent patients from being active participants in kidney disease research or part of the research team; and what potential solutions may exist”.

Comments and advice on how to read a journal’s rejection letter

Stephen Heard, an evolutionary ecologist and entomologist at the University of New Brunswick and previously faculty at the University of Iowa, recently published a short blog detailing how best to read and react to a rejection letter after submitting your work to a journal.

Click here if you’d like to read the full blog.

CDC Releases 2017 National CKD Fact Sheet

The 2017 National CKD Fact Sheet, to which ASN provided input, illustrates timely information, suggestions, and statistics on chronic kidney disease (CKD) in the United States.

The Fifth Annual Kidney Health Initiative (KHI) Stakeholders Meeting and the Eighth Project Submission Cycle

The Kidney Health Initiative (KHI), a public-private partnership between the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), continues to advance its mission of facilitating innovation and patient safety in kidney disease through its collaborative partnership with the kidney community.

Congress Passes Omnibus Bill, Heads to White House - Approves $2 billion to NIH

On Wednesday, May 3rd, the House passed a bipartisan $1 trillion omnibus spending bill by a vote of 309-118, and the Senate passed the bill 79-18 on Thursday, May 4th.  The spending package avoided a government shutdown and funds the government at updated levels through the end of September.  

Open Payments Physician and Teaching Hospital Review and Dispute Period Ends Next Week

Physicians and teaching hospitals have until May 15, 2017 to review data reported by drug and medical device makers about them and, if necessary, dispute the payments before the data is made public on June 30, 2017.

CMS to Mail Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Letters Now through May

Keep a lookout in your mail this week and through early May. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is mailing out Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) “participation status” letters to several hundred thousand clinicians who participate in Medicare., according to CMS officials who spoke this week on a National Stakeholders conference call, in which ASN participated. The mailing is to notify clinicians and practices of their MIPS status. This status tells you, or other clinicians in your practice, if any of you will be required to participate in MIPS in 2017. 

Why You Should Attend "Targeting Zero Infections": a NTDS Webinar Event on May 23

Dr. Jerry Jackson explains why the upcoming NTDS webinar on May 23, titled "Targeting Zero Infections: Where Do We Begin?”, will be beneficial to you and your practice.

JAMA: "Worldwide Preparedness for Kidney Health Care"

The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published an editorial by Sreedhar Mandayam, MD, MPH and Wolfgang C. Winkelmayer, MD, MPH, ScD commenting on a study completed about the level of preparedness for kidney care worldwide.

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