State of Kidney Care 2017 American Society of Nephrology

  • 1 Barbara Murphy, MD, FASN, is a member of ASN Council and Council liaison to the ASN Policy and Advocacy Committee. She is affiliated with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.
  • | 2 David White is a Policy and Communications Specialist at ASN.
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The more things stay the same, the more things change—or, at least, the more things need to change. That may be turning an old adage on its head, but turning things upside down seems to capture events since the last report on the state of kidney care in 2016.

For things to stay the same is not an acceptable state in nephrology, considering there are an estimated 40 million Americans living with kidney diseases and for nearly 700,000 of those individuals access to dialysis or a kidney transplant is their only chance to live. With a life expectancy of 5