Genetic Diseases of the Kidney

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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Benjamin Freedman, PhD speaks about CRISPR and the future of treating polycystic kidney disease in recent study: "Organoid cystogenesis reveals a critical role of microenvironment in human PKD"

A recent study was published online in Nature Materials entitled “Organoid cystogenesis reveals a critical role of microenvironment in human polycystic kidney disease” on October 2, 2017.

Please access the abstract and full report on the Nature website.

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. 

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.

Outside ASN: Female Nephrologists to Float New Nephrology Charter in India

Female nephrologists are working to create a separate women’s charter within the Indian Society of Nephrology (ISN). They hope to serve the underrepresented number of female nephrologists throughout India.

ASN Joins Medical Groups to Unite in Support of Science

ASN has joined and embraced the call of peer medical societies to advocate for the non-partisan use of science and the open and unfettered dissemination of scientific evidence and studies.

Outside ASN: Updates to HIPAA Suggested (HIPAA Journal)

“The American Medical Informatics Association [AMIA] has suggested now is the time to update the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) to make sure the legislation fits today’s connected world”.

Announcement - Targeting Zero Infections: A NTDS Webinar Event on May 23

On May 23, NTDS will offer the first in its new webinar series. The webinar event will present a case-based approach to strengthening infection prevention strategies with the nephrologist as leader and champion.

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