The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced $65 million in funding on July 19th, 2017 to seven projects in the US to further improve safety and accuracy of gene editing.

A recent ASN Flash Poll found differing opinions among academic nephrologists over procedures, specifically catheter placements and kidney biopsies. Stewart Lecker, MD, PhD, on behalf of the ASN Workforce and Training Committee, developed the survey to capture current perspectives on procedural competence among training program directors (TPDs), associate TPDs (APDs), and division chiefs.

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

Kidney News Online has compiled a list of clinical research resources that may be useful to you.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Quality Payment Program (QPP) proposed rule for 2018 on Tuesday, June 20.  While we are only beginning to go through the proposed rule, all 1,058 pages, it does appear that CMS is concerned about the burden of participating in the program on small practices leading to a significant proposed rise in the low-volume threshold.

ASN Communities offer multiple opportunities to connect with colleagues working in the areas that interest you most. Check out this rapidly growing and dynamic ASN initiative here.

Check out the resources on gene editing: background, pros and cons, potential clinical applications.

“The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights has recently issued a reminder to covered entities and business associates of the potential risks associated with file sharing and collaboration tools, explaining the risks these services can introduce and how covered entities can use these services and remain in compliance with HIPAA Rules”.

They understand that file sharing tools and cloud computing services incorporate protections to ensure data is secured, but human error has led to misconfigurations in the past which have caused data breaches.

Pain free implementation? Challenges? Suggest other resources that may be useful to your colleagues, or send in your thoughts and observations about ICD 10 implementation. (

CMS ICD 10 Coordination Center:

In the October 2016 issue of JASN the following article was published focused on new technology, especially the CRISPR/Cas system, and how it may be used for nephrology research and therapy.

In April 2015, the the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) was signed into law, repealing the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) physician payment system. In April of 2016, HHS Issued a Proposed Rule.  In October of 2016, CMS Issued a Final Rule. Below are some resources to help you understand more about MACRA. We encourage you to send your questions about MACRA to ASN ( or to suggest other resources that may be helpful to your colleagues.

Making great abstracts and posters, and presenting your studies so you hold your audience's interest -- some excellent resources for making your work stand out.

Training the next generation of nephrologists is exciting and vital to advancing care for millions of people with kidney diseases. ASN sponsors the Nephrology Match and provides information for applicants and programs here

ASN and researchers at the George Washington University Health Workforce Institute continue to break ground analyzing trends and key factors.

Detailed workforce analyses and fellows' surveys are available here:


As a result, NIH has shifted its strategy to support early and mid-career investigators by launching the Next Generation Researchers Initiative. This new program will go into effect immediately.

Thursday's Town Hall meeting on the new Nephrologists Transforming Dialysis Safety (NTDS) project drew a lot of interest and some great questions.


Check out these photos from Kidney Week, including some of the things you may not know about, or may have missed.

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.

Physician protect thyself: whether negotiating a first-time contract or renegotiating or amending a contract -- make sure you're informed in advance.

Physicians reentering the resource face challenges; resources to help them are expanding.

Set yourself and your work up for success: tell the story well, and choose the right journal.

Treatment, research and practice are being profoundly changed by a wide range of  technological advances. Below are some resources to help kidney professionals consider the ramifications of this rapidly moving field. Send suggestions for other resources to, as well as topics in telehealth you would like to know more about.

Building upon momentum from the Kidney Innovation Summit hosted earlier this year by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), along with support from the American Society of Nephrology, the VA Center for Innovation (VACI) released a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) this week designed to source and fund early stage research, development, prototyping, and piloting of pioneering ideas in the kidney space.