Clinical Science

Significant Update from CMS on Voluntary Models and ESCOs, Including Q&A

The Kidney Care Choices (KCC) Model, also known as the “voluntary model”, is moving forward beginning April 1, 2021 – a delay from the original start date of January 1, 2021 – due to the Public Health Emergency (PHE). The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center announced that in addition to delaying the start of the model, the agency will also provide a second window for applications in 2021 for new participants with a starting date for that group of January 1, 2022.

ASN Issues a Statement Against Racism

The following statement was released today:

Washington, DC (June 1, 2020)—The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) is proud of its efforts to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion among kidney health professionals. This commitment is hollow, however, if ASN fails to oppose racism. ASN strongly supports and will advance efforts to achieve equality to reduce the adverse impact of racism, especially on health and in health care.

ASN Encourages Fellowship Programs to Conduct Interviews Remotely

The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) recognizes that the current coronavirus pandemic has placed unique demands on frontline caregivers, necessitated restrictions on travel, and imposed limitations on individuals with various health conditions.

Research Crucial to Combatting Effects of COVID-19 on Kidneys, Kidney Patients

Jan Carrousel 02.jpgAlthough widely thought of as a respiratory ailment, COVID-19 has demonstrated its ability to impact multiple organs. For those with existing kidney disease, the dangers of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus are especially stark.

ASN and NKF Recommend Policies to HHS for Reopening America

The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) sent policy recommendations to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that urged the Administration to consider the unique needs of the 37 million Americans affected by kidney disease and the physicians who care for them as the country reopens.

ASN Leads Kidney Community Letter to Congress on Emergency Supplemental Funding for NIDDK and KidneyX

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a uniquely significant impact on the kidney community: kidney patients are at elevated risk, kidney failure is one of the consequences many people who contract COVID-19 face, and the pandemic has accelerated several trends in kidney medicine, including the prioritization of telehealth and more home-based care.

Testimonials from Nephrology Nurses: Our Stories


May is National Nurses Month

Those who work in nephrology, or receives kidney care, understand that excellence of care depends directly upon the professionals who chose to become nephrology nurses.

Weekly ASN Recap, May 11 - May 18: COVID-19 Resources

ASN Main Color.pngThe world is adjusting to the new and uncertain realities of the COVID-19 pandemic. ASN has worked tirelessly to address many of the important topics related to the changes. Please see below for many vital COVID-19 resources.

Making the Case for Change: Including People with Kidney Diseases in COVID-19 Trials

KHI_Logo-Horizontal-Color.jpgClinical trials often exclude people with kidney diseases. This means that 37 million people in the United States are rarely represented in the kind of research that advances change in treatment and care. The challenges that result from such exclusion are highlighted by the current COVID-19 crisis.

Surviving COVID-19: Mental Health Support for Kidney Disease Professionals

Combined_Logos_1553485_0.jpgOn Thursday, May 14, 2020, from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. EDT, ASN, ANNA, and NANT will present a webinar to examine the mental health challenges of kidney professionals practicing during the COVID-19 pandemic and explore resources and techniques that will support their mental health. Presenters will: