ASN, along with 36 kidney organizations, signed letter to Senate Appropriations for additional kidney research funding at NIH

On Monday, April 23, the American Society of Nephrology and a record-setting coalition of 36 other organizations in the kidney community, authored a letter to the leadership of the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees that appropriate funds for the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

CMS Announces Opportunity to Participate in a Study about the Burdens Associated with the Physician Quality Programs

Participation provides full credit for the 2018 MIPS Improvement Activities performance category

CMS Releases 2018 MIPS Eligibility Tool

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have incorporated a new “MIPS Participation Status” function on the Quality Payment Program (QPP) website.  To find out whether you need to participate in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) during the 2018 performance year, just enter your National Provider Identifier, or NPI.

Coming soon: Effective Patient Engagement Strategies to Develop Therapies and Advance Patient Safety

In the upcoming April issue of Kidney News, Kevin Fowler’s new article “Effective Patient Engagement Strategies to Develop Therapies and Advance Patient Safety” will be available.

The article explores the barriers and patient perspectives on kidney disease clinical trials and Fowler investigates how best to approach getting patients to participate in beneficial clinical trials. He developed a survey with the intention to determine why patients participated in kidney disease trials and to also learn why they did not participate.

Some of his findings include:

ASN and AAKP Advocates Urged Congress to Support KidneyX

Advocates from the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and the American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) met with representatives, senators, and their respective staffs on March 28, 2018 to urge Congress to support KidneyX, a new public-private partnership to accelerate innovation in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of kidney diseases.

Experts raise alarm over rising cases of kidney diseases in pregnant women

Even the Nigeria Association of Nephrology warns of a looming epidemic of kidney disease in the country, and has urged the Federal Government to prioritise treatment of kidney disorders.

New partnership between Fresenius and the Chinese government announced at 16th Asian Pacific Congress of Nephrology (APCN) in Beijing

Fresenius Medical Care launched a new partnership entitled “Ignite Hope of Life” with the aim to assist the Chinese government in treating citizens with chronic kidney disease. The announcement came today at the 16th Asian Pacific Congress of Nephrology (APCN) in Beijing.

Board of Trustees Votes for Post-Tenure Reviews

The University of Tennessee Board of Trustees vote to expand post-tenure review.

Advocacy to Increase NIH Funding Pays Dividends: $3 Billion Increase Signed into Law

Responding to coordinated, consistent advocacy from ASN and other proponents of medical research funding, Congress and President Trump have passed and signed into law a spending bill that increases funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by $3 billion in 2018—an 8.8% increase over 2017 funding levels.  The legislation received strong bipartisan support, passing the House 256-167 and the Senate 65-32.

Targeting Zero Infections webinar - Infectious Disease Reporting: State Requirements & Resources

Registration is now open for the third webinar in the Nephrologists Transforming Dialysis Safety (NTDS) webinar series!