Kidney News

Are Scientific Articles Less Reader Friendly Now? Karolinska Researchers Say Yes.

Authors from Karolinska Institute examined over 700,000 articles and concluded that "readability of science is steadily decreasing." See what you think.

ASN, ERA-EDTA, and ISN Launch Global Nephrology Workforce Survey Project

The American Society of Nephrology (ASN), the European Renal Association–European Dialysis and Transplant Association (ERA-EDTA), and the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) have launched a collaborative effort to assess the global nephrology workforce. One of three current ASN/ERA-EDTA/ISN joint projects, the Comparing Realities Across the Global Nephrology Workforce Survey will offer kidney health professionals a better understanding of the specialty by characterizing the kidney health workforce at the country- and region-specific level.

ASN Policy and Advocacy Committee Interns in Their Own Words

I had the great opportunity to attend my first ASN public policy committee meeting this month in Washington, DC. The meeting started with a briefing about the current state of health care in the US, as well as a discussion about many hot topics affecting people with kidney disease and the physicians who treat them. The topics discussed felt vital and relevant to what I read about in the news and what I experience in my daily practice. I then had the great opportunity to participate in my first Hill Day.

CMS to Mail Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Letters Now through May

Keep a lookout in your mail this week and through early May. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is mailing out Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) “participation status” letters to several hundred thousand clinicians who participate in Medicare., according to CMS officials who spoke this week on a National Stakeholders conference call, in which ASN participated. The mailing is to notify clinicians and practices of their MIPS status. This status tells you, or other clinicians in your practice, if any of you will be required to participate in MIPS in 2017. 

JAMA: "Worldwide Preparedness for Kidney Health Care"

The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published an editorial by Sreedhar Mandayam, MD, MPH and Wolfgang C. Winkelmayer, MD, MPH, ScD commenting on a study completed about the level of preparedness for kidney care worldwide.

Outside ASN: Updates to HIPAA Suggested (HIPAA Journal)

“The American Medical Informatics Association [AMIA] has suggested now is the time to update the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) to make sure the legislation fits today’s connected world”.

Abstract Submission Window for ASN Kidney Week Now Open

Abstract submissions for ASN’s Kidney Week 2017 can now be submitted for review. The window will be open from April 12, 2017 through June 8, 2017 (2pm EDT).

Please be sure to examine the 
full details of the Call for Abstracts.

Improving Care for Children on Dialysis

Alicia Neu, MD and Bradley Warady, MD take a look at the SCOPE study and how it might help dialysis centers Target Zero Infections.

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