Policy

Dr. Ian de Boer on signs of a crisis in nephrology

In an article by Manisha Jha of The Daily student publication at the University of Washington, Dr. de Boer speaks personally about his recent CJASN articles based on burnout in nephrology.


"'We wanted to highlight that to the community that this is something that many people are experiencing and open a dialogue,” de Boer said.

CJASN: Employment among patients starting dialysis in the United States

A recent study published by the Clinical Journal of Nephrology (CJASN) found that employment was low among patients starting dialysis throughout the study period at 23% to 24%, and 38% of patients who were employed six months prior to being diagnosed with kidney failure stopped working by the time they initiated dialysis.

President's Column: Kidney Innovation Accelerator

KidneyX will be a public-private partnership to incentivize accelerated development and commercialization of disruptive technologies to reduce the number of patients with ESRD and improve the experience of patients on dialysis.

NIH Common Fund Announces New Funding for Human Biomolecular Atlas Program (HuBMAP)

HuBMAP  aims to accelerate the development of the next generation of tools and techniques to generate 3D tissue maps through an open data platform established in partnership with other funding agencies, programs, and the biomedical research community.

Study: Medicare beneficiaries' financial burden

In a new January 2018 report by The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, it was found that the “average out-of-pocket heath care spending as a share of average per capita Social Security income for Medicare beneficiaries is projected to rise from 41% in 2013 to 50% in 2030.

Government Shutdown Halts Access for New Patients to NIH Clinical Trials – Costs Could Quickly Rise

Far from esoteric political maneuvering, government shutdowns are costly and have a real-world impact: the 16-day shutdown in 2013 cost the federal government an estimated $24 billion. Shutdowns have a human cost as well. During the 2013 shutdown, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) was forced to turn away nearly 200 people per week, including 30 children, from enrolling in new clinical trials, which serve as a last resort for many patients.

CMS updates open payments data

Today, January 17, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated the Open Payments dataset to reflect changes to the data that took place since the last publication on June 30, 2017. The updated dataset is now available for viewing at https://openpaymentsdata.cms.gov/.

CMS to allow text messages, but only in secure systems/platforms and not for patient orders

The CMS accepts that text messages are an important means of communication in healthcare, and that text messages are now essential for effective communications between care team members. However, in order to comply with the Conditions of Participation (CoPs) and Conditions for Coverage (CfCs), healthcare organizations must use and maintain text messaging systems/platforms that are secure.

Negotiating for Leadership Success

This past spring, ASN joined with Women in Nephrology (WIN) to develop a series of webinars designed to help you advance your career.  In one of these presentations, Dr. Yasmin Davidds, Psy. D, M.C.C., and CEO of the Women’s Institute of Negotiation, provides advice on negotiating for leadership success.

HHS Announcement to Launch Kidney Innovation Accelerator at ASN Kidney Week 2017 Available

At ASN Kidney Week 2017, Bruce D. Greenstein, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Chief Technology Officer, highlighted the need for innovation in the nephrology space.

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