ASN Partners with VA Center for Innovation on My Kidney Nutrition App Features Challenge

Around 17% of American adults have chronic kidney diseases (CKD), and the rate of prevalence is higher U.S. Veterans. CKD, if not treated appropriately, can ultimately lead to kidney failure requiring either dialysis or a transplant.

A new mobile app is needed that provides autonomy and personalized features to help patients make informed food choices.

Reminder: PQRS Physician Compare 30-day preview period ends Friday, December 1 at 8pm ET

"The Physician Compare 30-day preview period ends this Friday, December 1, 2017 at 8 pm ET. Don’t miss your chance to preview your 2016 performance data before it is publicly reported on Physician Compare profile pages later this year and in the Physician Compare Downloadable Database.

Tax Reform Threatening to Decimate Pipeline of Future Scientists – all PhD Candidates

Before Thanksgiving, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, by a vote of 227 to 205. The vote largely fell along party lines, with no Democrats voting for the bill.  The House bill has several provisions of concern to the American Society of Nephrology (ASN), including one that could devastate the pipeline of future scientists.

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.

Let me explain.

MACs Move to Limit Medicare Coverage for Dialysis More than Three Times per Week

Recently, there have been some very troubling developments involving the Medicare Administrative Contractors – the MACs – that has ASN and other members of the kidney community highly concerned.  The MACs, within a short window of time, have announced plans to limit reimbursement for dialysis that occurs more than three times per week exclusively to patients that meet specific acute conditions. The conditions have been outlined in a draft Local Coverage Determination (LCD).

CMS release final rule for year 2 of Quality Payment Program rule (QPP)

“Following the transition year and ahead of the full implementation in year 3, CMS made provisions to the Quality Payment Program to make it easier for clinicians to participate in the program, reduce burden, and to get clinicians ready for full implementation."

In Case You Missed it: Opening Day Plenary Session - ASN President Eleanor D. Lederer, MD, FASN and ASN President's Medal recipients

The first plenary session of Kidney Week 2017 took off on Thursday morning with an address from ASN President Dr. Eleanor Lederer.

The Medicare Physician Compare preview period is here

On October 18, 2017, the

New Photography and Social Media Policy at Kidney Week 2017

The Photography and Social Media policy has changed for Kidney Week 2017. Be sure to read before you arrive.

The opioid crisis: What declaring a "National Emergency" would mean

See a breakdown of the Trump administration's work toward declaring the opioid crisis a "National Emergency". In addition, find out how emergency declaration could allow states to expand residential addiction treatment.