Clinical Science

NKF and ASN Form Joint Task Force to Focus on Use of Race in eGFR

In August of 2020, the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) and the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) formed a joint task force to focus on the use of race to estimate GFR. For more information, please read the joint NKF-ASN statement on “Establishing a Task Force to Reassess the Inclusion of Race in Diagnosing Kidney Diseases.”

Statement from the American Society of Nephrology on the End-Stage Renal Disease Treatment Choices Model

The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) commends the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and its Innovation Center (CMMI) for finalizing the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Treatment Choices (ETC) Model today. This model will herald positive changes to care for the more than 37 million Americans with kidney diseases, including more patient choice, increased utilization of home dialysis, and greater access to transplantation, options for which ASN has long advocated.

Candidates, Applications Up in Pandemic-Shortened Nephrology Fellowship Application Cycle

Kidney News Online

Applications for nephrology fellowships in the first month of a pandemic-shortened application cycle were up according to Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS) data showing nephrology application through August 17, 2020, rose 49% compared with July 2019.

Making the Terms Used to Describe Kidney Health Work for Patients

Terminology commonly used by physicians to describe kidney health may be distressing or too difficult to understand for patients with kidney diseases, according to a recent study published in CJASN. The study, “Patient and Caregiver Perspectives on Terms Used to Describe Kidney Health,” included 54 patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and 13 caregivers from the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia.

Statement on Executive Order on Improving Rural Health and Telehealth Access from ASN President Anupam Agarwal MD, FASN

www.asn-online.org_0.jpgThe American Society of Nephrology’s (ASN) 21,000 members, who care for 37,000,000 Americans with kidney diseases, applaud the Trump Administration for issuing the Executive Order on Improving Rural Health and Telehealth Access on August 3, 2020.

Latest Senate COVID-19 Package Includes $200M in Supplemental Funding for NIDDK

There is a growing evidence that COVID-19 negatively affects the kidneys and that the pandemic places an additional burden on people living with kidney diseases. The American Society and Nephrology (ASN) led the kidney community in urging Congressional appropriators to support $100 million in emergency supplemental funding for the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).

In receiving Joint Accreditation status from ACCME, ASN will continue its exceptional commitment to education

On July 27, 2020, the governing bodies of Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Accreditation Program (ANCC) granted the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) with Joint Accreditation for 6 years.

What does this mean for ASN and the community it serves? ASN is now simultaneously accredited to provide medical, nursing and pharmacy continuing education activities through a single process, without needing to obtain separate accreditations.

ASN Announces 2020 Lifetime Achievement and Midcareer Awards

People who succeed in nephrology exemplify the best in all of us. They relish the intellectual rigor required to advance such a complex area of study and practice; they approach treatment and research challenges with creativity and tenacity, and work daily to enhance quality of life for millions. Most important, kidney professionals imbue their work with compassion and respect for the people whose lives they improve through research, education, and clinical excellence.

ASN Expresses Serious Concerns over White House Decision to Remove CDC from Data Collection Role for COVID-19 Hospitalizations

The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) is troubled by the Trump Administration’s decision to require submission of hospital data on COVID-19 patients directly to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) instead of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This decision raises serious questions about the transparency and credibility of the data as well as concerns that the move will prevent researchers, public health officials, and other stakeholders from accessing the data to make projections and crucial decisions.

ASN Helps Shape Federal COVID-19 Response

As the threat of COVID-19 was emerging in the United States, ASN and the broader kidney community participated in an effort organized by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop policy recommendations that address the effects of COVID-19 on kidney patients and kidney care professionals. 

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