HHS seeks volunteers for HIPAA administrative simplification optimization project pilot

“The Department of Health and Human Services is running a HIPAA Administrative Simplification Optimization Project Pilot and is currently seeking volunteers to have compliance reviews. The aim of the pilot is to streamline HIPAA compliance reviews for health plans and healthcare clearinghouses.

Scientists modify CRISPR to epigenetically treat diabetes and kidney disease in mice

"Salk scientists have created a new version of the CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing technology that allows them to activate genes without creating breaks in the DNA, potentially circumventing a major hurdle to using gene editing technologies to treat human diseases.

ASN Data Bytes: AY 2018 Nephrology Match - Déjà vu all over again

December 6th was Match Day for nephrology, with overall results closely mirroring those from last year. A total of 285 of the 474 positions offered for appointment year (AY) 2018 were filled in the nephrology Match, part of the National Resident Matching Program’s (NRMP’s) Medical Specialties Matching Program.

HHS: How to avoid grant scams

An article from HHS outlines how to avoid grant scams and what to do if you think you have been a victim of a scam.

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.

Obesity and Kidney Disease: addressing hyperfiltration, diet, and caloric restriction

Public policy efforts to address the obesity epidemic must include the nephrology community because obesity among young adults substantially heightens lifetime risk of ESRD.  Strong attention to blood pressure control and dietary factors may help mitigate CKD risk and its progression.

Endocrinologist/nephrologist clinic found to reduce diabetic kidney disease progression

“Patients with type 2 diabetes and stage 3 or 4 chronic kidney disease who attended a joint endocrinologist-nephrologist diabetic kidney disease clinic were less likely to progress to end-stage renal disease after 3 years vs. similar patients seen at a diabetes center, according to findings from a nested, case-control study”.

Outside ASN: Designing ‘attention points’ in academic work

Professor Patrick Dunleavy at the London School of Economics writes about “four principles for improving how you display tables, graphs, charts and diagrams” in academic or scientific research.

The four principles include:

New NephSAP issue - "Transplantation"

NephSAP Volume 16, Number 4, November 2017

Find the full issue here.

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.