Molecular and Cellular Physiology

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.  

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. 

Abstract Submission Window for ASN Kidney Week Now Open

Abstract submissions for ASN’s Kidney Week 2017 can now be submitted for review. The window will be open from April 12, 2017 through June 8, 2017 (2pm EDT).

Please be sure to examine the 
full details of the Call for Abstracts.

American Society of Nephrology Statement on President's Executive Order on Immigration

"Kidney diseases do not differentiate among race, religion or geographic borders."

Off Switch Found for Common Version of the CRISPR CAS-9 System

UCSF scientists are investigating how to inhibit the CRISPR-Cas9 tool to improve its accuracy.

CRISPR Advances in China: Competition Between US and China Should Improve Gene Editing Technologies

Interesting perspective in Genetic Engineering News on recent gene editing advances by scientists in CHINA.

Also of interest:

KN Online resources on gene editing technologies

Advancing the Kidney Health Workforce

The recently launched ASN Workforce Department administers programs focused on supporting kidney professionals, and attracting students and trainees to kidney medicine and research.

U.S. House Passes Major Research Funding Bill

Landmark legislation focused on speeding approval of drugs and medical devices and funding signature programs passed the US Senate Wednesday, November 30.

ASN Kidney Week 2016

ASN Kidney Week 2016: participants from more than 115 countries, coming together to advance care and research.

Nephrology Workforce Report 2016: Key Takeaways

There are several notable data points in this year’s GW report on nephrologist supply. I encourage you to read the executive summary and/or full report, and send your questions or comments to info@kidneynews.org

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