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The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) is spearheading efforts to secure direct federal allocation of COVID-19 vaccines to dialysis patients and frontline dialysis workers. This allocation would improve access for a vulnerable patient population, more than half of whom are Black, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, and Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islanders (NHPIs).

Bonnie Freshly

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Nephrologists Transforming Dialysis Safety (NTDS) have partnered to develop a fresh, new online learning module, Managing Infection in an Outpatient Dialysis Facility.

The module is available to all members of the nephrology care team, including physicians, nurses, fellows, technicians, patients, and kidney educators, via an open-access platform.

ASN Staff

In a recent news story of great success and altruism, the oldest living kidney donor donated a kidney to a neighbor in great need. Frank Dewhurst donated his kidney to Linda Nall, a neighbor who had been struggling with lupus since 1986. At age 84, Dewhurst is now the oldest living kidney donor in the United States. KNO spoke with ASN member, Dr. Hassan Ibrahim, Chief of Nephrology at Houston Methodist Hospital, about the experience.

ASN Staff

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and two health departments are investigating a large cluster of peritonitis cases among patients undergoing peritoneal dialysis. Many of the peritonitis events under investigation were caused by Serratia marcescens or other gram-negative pathogens.

CDC is requesting U.S. clinicians to report peritonitis cases in peritoneal dialysis patients treated by the same center that meet the following criteria:

Sri Lekha Tummalapalli MD MBA

ESRD Seamless Care Organizations (ESCOs) may be the most flexible and innovative care model in nephrology over the past several decades.  Tom Duvall, co-lead for the Comprehensive ESRD Care (CEC) Model at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), provided a national overview of ESCOs since their start in 2015.  Dr. Dylan Steer, CEO of Balboa Nephrology Medical Group, then shared his ground-level experience with running an ESCO.

Sri Lekha Tummalapalli MD MBA

Quality of care measurement and implementation both pose unique challenges. The Friday morning session at ASN Kidney Week, “Quality is Job One: Improving Care for CKD and ESRD Patients” tackled these two key issues.

Nephrology has seen a proliferation of quality metrics, primarily in its ESRD Quality Incentive Program (QIP). Daniel E. Weiner, MD, FASN, chair of ASN’s Quality Committee, shared his framework for assessing quality metrics, based on his experience developing these in conjunction with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). 

ASN Staff

In this complimentary webinar, review the critical role that nephrologists and dialysis professionals have in preventing infections. Examine the CDC's recommendations for dialysis station disinfection and compare your medical facility's policies with environmental disinfection best practices. Discover the patient perspective on environmental cleanliness and learn how nephrologists can take a leadership role in facility audience.PNG