Policy

Inside the UCLA voucher program that is overcoming chronological incompatibility and saving lives

The UCLA Kidney Transplant Program started a voucher program in 2014 which has already proven its utility and saved 25 lives. “The program works like this: The voucher donor gives a kidney to a stranger on dialysis. Often that recipient had a friend or family member who had wanted to be a donor but couldn’t due to incompatibility.

ASN Foundation for Kidney Research Grants opened October 11

The ASN Foundation for Kidney Research (ASN Foundation) has now opened applications for its Career Development Grants, Clinician Educator Grant, and Research Fellowship program. The ASN Foundation funds clinical and basic research and provides grant support to ASN members at various points in their careers.

American Heart Association (AHA) to announce 130/80 mm Hg as new BP guideline

It’s been revealed ahead of the November announcement at the American Heart Association (AHA) in Anaheim, that the new guideline for blood pressure target will be 130/80 mm Hg.

Future of MACRA after Sec. Price no longer head of HHS?

“The 2018 MACRA proposed rule was the first draft with Price’s involvement after he emphasized that he wanted to reduce reporting burdens and allow clinicians to focus on patient care. His rhetoric proved true as the proposed rule excluded more clinicians from having to participate while also making it easier to avoid a penalty.

Now that he is gone, what will happen to the final rule that is set to be released in November 2017?

How will clinicians plan for 2018… without a solid MACRA rule in place?

Roughly 5,000 Puerto Ricans with kidney disease at risk with limited access to dialysis

Mike Spigler, vice president of patient services at the American Kidney Fund, said that it is an ‘extremely tenuous situation’ for the roughly 5,000 people on the island who rely on dialysis to stay alive. The dialysis centers need diesel fuel to power their generators and ‘a lot of them are down to a day or two of fuel’ he said”.

ASN Strongly Objects to Latest Repeal and Replace Efforts: The Graham-Cassidy Health Care Proposal

American Society of Nephrology (ASN) President Eleanor D. Lederer, MD, FASN, wrote to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) today expressing ASN’s strong objections to the Graham-Cassidy health care proposal under consideration in the US Senate this week.

Breakdown: Healthcare data breaches in August 2017

Reducing the number of breaches is paramount for protecting patients and physicians, yet remains an extremely challenging task.

Kidney Community Advocacy Day 2017 – September 19th, 2017

Advocates from the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and 21 other healthcare organizations are meeting with Representatives and Senators today to urge Congress to increase investments in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and to cosponsor and pass the Living Donor Protection Act (H.R. 1270), legislation that eliminates barriers to living donation.

ASN Opposes Proposed Cuts to NIH and F&A Costs

The American Society of Nephrology and more than 100 organizations from the broader medical research community united to express opposition to the Administration’s proposed 21% cut in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) budget and drastic reductions in NIH support for facilities and administrative (F&A) costs. The united stance is included in a letter delivered Wednesday, August 23, to the Office of Management & Budget Director John Michael Mulvaney and Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Thomas E. Price, MD.

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