Genetic Diseases of the Kidney

CMS to Mail Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Letters Now through May

Keep a lookout in your mail this week and through early May. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is mailing out Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) “participation status” letters to several hundred thousand clinicians who participate in Medicare., according to CMS officials who spoke this week on a National Stakeholders conference call, in which ASN participated. The mailing is to notify clinicians and practices of their MIPS status. This status tells you, or other clinicians in your practice, if any of you will be required to participate in MIPS in 2017. 

JAMA: "Worldwide Preparedness for Kidney Health Care"

The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published an editorial by Sreedhar Mandayam, MD, MPH and Wolfgang C. Winkelmayer, MD, MPH, ScD commenting on a study completed about the level of preparedness for kidney care worldwide.

Outside ASN: Female Nephrologists to Float New Nephrology Charter in India

Female nephrologists are working to create a separate women’s charter within the Indian Society of Nephrology (ISN). They hope to serve the underrepresented number of female nephrologists throughout India.

ASN Joins Medical Groups to Unite in Support of Science

ASN has joined and embraced the call of peer medical societies to advocate for the non-partisan use of science and the open and unfettered dissemination of scientific evidence and studies.

Outside ASN: Updates to HIPAA Suggested (HIPAA Journal)

“The American Medical Informatics Association [AMIA] has suggested now is the time to update the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) to make sure the legislation fits today’s connected world”.

Announcement - Targeting Zero Infections: A NTDS Webinar Event on May 23

On May 23, NTDS will offer the first in its new webinar series. The webinar event will present a case-based approach to strengthening infection prevention strategies with the nephrologist as leader and champion.

Abstract Submission Window for ASN Kidney Week Now Open

Abstract submissions for ASN’s Kidney Week 2017 can now be submitted for review. The window will be open from April 12, 2017 through June 8, 2017 (2pm EDT).

Please be sure to examine the 
full details of the Call for Abstracts.

Possible Effects of the Travel Ban on Nephrology

ASN's David White breaks down how the Trump administration travel ban and subsequent court battles may have an effect on the future of the nephrology workforce.

Gene Drives Thwarted by Emergence of Resistant Organisms

From Nature: "Until this obstacle is overcome, the technology is unlikely to succeed in the wild." 

American Society of Nephrology Statement on President's Executive Order on Immigration

"Kidney diseases do not differentiate among race, religion or geographic borders."

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