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Dan Weiner, MD, and Amy Williams, MD, were among the 12 ASN members who served on the ASN Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Task Force, which was chaired by Lee Hamm, MD. Here, the task force members discuss the ACO proposed rule and their perspectives on some of the complex issues the rule raised related to care of patients with kidney disease.

It was announced last month that Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) will make the transition to complete independence beginning October 1, 2012. The news came in a joint statement from KDIGO and its founding sponsor, the National Kidney Foundation (NKF).

A new analysis of the US nephrology workforce confirms the specialty is in a transitional state, driven in part by changes in the health care delivery system. The latest George Washington University (GWU) Health Workforce Institute report examines other issues affecting the specialty, including the “All-In” nephrology Match and geographic distribution of practicing nephrologists.

ASN recently finalized a new strategic plan that expands the society’s leadership role in supporting transformative research targeting prevention, treatment, and cures for kidney diseases. ASN has also committed to articulating a vision for nephrology practice in the future as part of the strategic plan.

The Kidney Health Initiative (KHI) is a public-private partnership founded in September 2012 by the American Society of Nephrology and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Since its inception, KHI has steadily increased its membership to more than 70 member organizations.

Ⓐ ASN Strategic Plan That Will Lead the Society to the Next Level by 2020. The ASN leadership held a series of “listening sessions” with the society’s members during Kidney Week 2014. This valuable feedback—as well as input from ASN’s committees, advisory groups, and other panels—helped the leadership finalize a new strategic plan during the past year.

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