Policy

ASN Workforce and Career Advancement Opportunities Now Open

ASN is now accepting applications for the 2019 Kidney TREKS (Tutored Research and Education for Kidney Scholars) program and for travel support to the 2019 Network of Minority Health Research Investigators (NMRI) Annual Workshop.

Electronic health records (EMRs) linked to stress and physician burnout

A study was recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA) entitled, Physician stress and burnout: the impact of health information technology. The study set out to quantify “how stress related to use of health information technology (HIT) predicts burnout among physicians” by measuring at least one “of the following: poor/marginal time for documentation, moderately high/excessive time spent on the electronic health record (EHR or EMR) at home, and agreement that using an HER adds to daily frustration.

Survey: What Kinds of Doctors Use Telemedicine?

New survey results published in the medical journal Health Affairs provide the  first-ever nationally representative estimates of telemedicine use by U.S. doctors. Telemedicine use was more common at larger, multi-speciality practices and  hospitals — evidence that financial burdens continue to be a barrier for smaller  physician-owned practices, according to the study authors.

Reminder: CMS 2017 Open Payments data available for review and dispute until December 31

Program Year 2017 Open Payments data is available for review and dispute through December 31, 2018.

ASN Foundation Grant Applications: Deadline Extended to December 7

The submission deadline for all ASN Foundation Grant Applications has been extended to Friday, December 7, at 2:00 p.m. EST.

The ASN Foundation for Kidney Research funds clinical and basic research and provides grant support to members at various points in their careers. Submit your innovative ideas and research plans to the following programs funded by the ASN Foundation for Kidney Research.

Women and members of underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply.

Building the Future: Search for NephSAP® Editorial Director

ASN has opened a search for the next Nephrology Self-Assessment Program (NephSAP®) Editorial Director. The current NephSAP Co-Directors’, Gerald A. Hladik, MD and Jerry Yee, MD, FASN, conclude their successful leadership of NephSAP on December 31, 2019.

Call to Action to Alleviate Symptoms for Dialysis Patients

While dialysis is a life-saving therapy for patients with end stage kidney disease (ESKD), a variety of symptoms occur following treatment that significantly diminishes the quality of life of people living with kidney disease. A 2009 study published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN) reported that patients on maintenance dialysis experience 11 unique symptoms. Patients have identified the need to alleviate these symptoms as a key research area, prioritizing it above other health outcomes.

CMS Proposes Rule Change to Medicare Part D Exemptions for "Protected" Classes of Drugs

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule yesterday, November 26, 2018, that includes changes to Medicare Advantage and Part D. Medicare says its proposal will give Part D drug plans more power to negotiate with pharmaceutical companies, but some patient and provider groups say that it will reduce access and shift costs onto beneficiaries.

Telehealth Use Up 65 Percent from 2014-16

Please see more information on telehealth in a recent Kidney News Online post by David White, the ASN Policy and Advocacy Specialist.

Medicare Releases FInal Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) Rule, Including Revisions to E&M Codes

Thursday afternoon, November 1, Medicare released the final Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) rule containing some revisions to evaluation and management (E&M) codes in terms of documentation requirements but no changes in reimbursement levels for the next two years – but year three is another matter. 

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