Policy

Q&As with ASN Foundation Grant Recipients 2019

The following articles are brief Q&A sessions with American Society of Nephrology (ASN) grant recipients. The sessions explore what research the individual is undertaking with the grant funds, their hopes for the research, career goals, and advice for others interested in applying for these grant funds.

House and Registration Now Open for Kidney Week 2019

November 7 – 10, 2019 | Washington, DC

Submission for CJASN Trainee of the Year open until Friday June 14

cjasn trainee_0.pngThe American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and The Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN) are strongly committed to the next generation of nephrologists and want to encourage junior colleagues as they begin their careers. CJASN is therefore introducing our inaugural contest among trainees for the best article submitted to the journal by a trainee as first author.

ASN Supports Patient Access to EHRs but Cautions HHS on Undue Burden and the Need for Greater Clarity in the Proposed Rules

In February, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology released a set of proposed rules to address interoperability, information blocking, and patient access to data and electronic health record (EHR) certification criteria.

CDC investigating large cluster of peritonitis cases in peritoneal dialysis patients

To report peritonitis cases that meet these criteria, please email CDC’s Dialysis Coalition email box DialysisCoalition@cdc.gov and Dr. Ana Cecilia Bardossy at ABardossy@cdc.gov using the subject line: “Peritonitis cases”. Include in your email your name and contact information, including phone number, and your clinic location (city and state).

Seventh Annual KHI Stakeholders Meeting Recap Day 2

Session on Collaborating for Innovation to Support KidneyX

Eric Hargan, Deputy Secretary at the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) began the second day by sharing HHS’s priorities for kidney care. First, to increase efforts at preventing, detecting, and slowing the progression of kidney diseases. Second, to provide more treatment options to people with kidney failure. Third, to increase the number of transplantable organs and develop wearable and artificial kidneys.

Seventh Annual KHI Stakeholders Meeting Recap Day 1

The Kidney Health Initiative (KHI) hosted its Seventh Annual Stakeholders Meeting May 29-30, in Washington DC. The annual meeting revolved around the theme of “Collaborating for Innovation to Improve Patient Care and Outcomes”.

Efforts to Support Living Donors and OPO Metric Improvements on the Way

The White House announced Tuesday that the administration is taking action on two policy priorities for ASN: improving the data used to evaluate Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs) and removing financial barriers to living donation.

The Unified Spring Agenda, released May 22, provides insight into which issues the administration will address through a proposed rule process in the coming months. ASN urged Secretary Azar and other senior administration officials to address these issues during a February meeting and applauds its bold leadership on both fronts.

National Kidney Foundation Building First-Ever Patient Registry for Chronic Kidney Disease

Announced this week, the NKF Patient Network “will create an interactive community of chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients that link patient-entered data on their health history, outcomes and preferences with clinical and laboratory data obtained from electronic health records. This unique combination of data collected will enable individualized educational resources, research, clinical care and health policy decisions to be centered on the patient.”

ASN and Partnership for Medicare Part D Access Prevail in Fight to Preserve Six Protected Classes

After strenuous objection from the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and its fellow coalition members in the Partnership for Part D Access, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule on May 16, 2019, on Medicare Part D prescription drugs that dropped an earlier CMS proposal that would have undermined current protections for the six protected classes of drugs.

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