The Time is Now

A Perspective on the Opening Plenary at Kidney Week 2019

  • 1 Mukta Baweja is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Nephrology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. She serves on the Public Policy and Advocacy Committee of the American Society of Nephrology. She is an advocate for patients and at risk-populations and an agent in optimizing public healthcare delivery.
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As representatives of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) joined the audience of thousands in the nephrology community from around the world, ASN President Mark E. Rosenberg, MD, FASN, kick-started Kidney Week 2019 with the opening plenary, galvanizing the political energy and opportunity of Washington, DC.

The field of nephrology has been subjected to decades of stagnation, largely resulting from lack of sufficient funding and innovation.

Until now.

After a prolonged drought in innovation and regulatory adjustment in the kidney field, an

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