Dialysis

American Board of Internal Medicine Update on COVID-19, Spring Assessments Cancelled

ABIM announced that they have cancelled all spring assessments. No physician will have their certification status negatively impacted due to this decision. Click here for ABIM updates on COVID-19. Please contact ABIM directly with questions.

New CPT Code Available for Reporting and Tracking COVID-19

A new CPT® code, 87635, has been released for immediate use for novel coronavirus testing offered by hospitals, health systems, and laboratories in the United States.  The code became effective Friday, March 13, 2020, for reporting of novel coronavirus tests across the entire healthcare system. Because of the immediate release and use of the code, clinicians will need to manually upload this code descriptor into their electronic health record (EHR) system.

Coronavirus and ACE2: What is the evidence regarding ACEis and ARBs?

As concerned physicians and scientists working in this area, we summarize the evidence on the NephJC website, The Coronavirus Conundrum: ACE2 and Hypertension Edition, (which will be updated in real time) and call for greater understanding and systematic data gathering, rather than hasty decision-making based upon incomplete or inaccurate information, or unjustified extrapolations.

New CJASN Paper Identifies End Points for Primary Hyperoxaluria Clinical Trials

While there are many incentives to invest in rare diseases, well designed clinical trials are critical to getting the new therapies conceived by pharmaceutical companies to the people who need them.  

NKF Launches “Are You the 33%?” Campaign to Raise Public Awareness for Adults at Risk of Developing Kidney Disease

Building on the excitement surrounding the Executive Order on Advancing American Kidney Health and National Kidney Month in March, the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) launched an ambitious national public awareness campaign – The “Are You the 33%?” campaign – to raise public awareness of the causes and consequences of kidney disease.

Rare Disease Day 2020: A Unique Moment for Drug Development for Rare Kidney Diseases

Rare Disease Day on Saturday, February 29, is intended to raise awareness of the thousands of rare diseases and the millions of people who live with them around the world. There are more than 100 rare kidney diseases, most of them without US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved therapies. Because of the lack of innovation in novel therapies to treat rare kidney diseases, many people who live with them face the prospect of progressing to kidney failure and enduring dialysis or waiting for a kidney transplant.

Living Donor Kidney Transplant Recipient Plays in First NHL Game as the Emergency Backup Goalie

In a story that has transcended the kidney community and touched the mainstream, David Ayres, a 42-year-old kidney transplant recipient and director of operations at the Mattamy Athletic Centre, a local arena in Toronto, entered an NHL game on February 22nd between the Carolina Hurricanes and Toronto Maple Leafs in Toronto, Canada. When two of the Hurricanes goalies left the game with injuries, Ayres, the emergency backup goalie – a position that is almost never used – was called in to play the remaining 28 minutes of his first ever NHL game.

Baylor College of Medicine publicly endorses Medicare’s proposed rule on Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs) Conditions for Coverage

This week, the Baylor College of Medicine became the first academic center and care provider to publicly announce its support for the changes included in Medicare’s proposed rule on Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs) Conditions for Coverage: Revisions to the Outcome Measure Requirements for Organ Procurement Organizations – joining the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) in its support of the proposed rule.

ASN Proposes Additional Living Donor Support

The Executive Order on Advancing American Kidney Health (Section 8) directed the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to propose a regulation to remove financial barriers to living organ donation essentially:

New FY 2020 NIDDK Award Funding Policy Includes Improved Paylines

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) posted its award funding policy for fiscal year (FY) 2020, including released paylines that are better than previous years.

NIDDK is establishing a nominal payline for new (Type 1) and renewal or competing continuation (Type 2) R01 applications of 16th percentile in FY 2020, which is higher than the 13th percentile in FY 2019.

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