Weekly ASN Recap, April 5-11: COVID-19 Resources

By ASN Staff

April 10, 2020

asn logo small_0.jpgThe world is adjusting to the new and uncertain realities of the COVID-19 pandemic. ASN has worked tirelessly to address many of the important topics related to the changes. Please see below for many vital COVID-19 resources.


On the Front Lines

- Podcast COVID-19 Update: On the Front Lines in New York City

  • This podcast covers a COVID-19 update from Dr. Barbara Murphy who is on the ground in New York City, a current hotspot in the US for COVID-19 cases.
     

- Joint Statement from ASN and ACEP on appropriate use of emergency departments during the COVID-19 pandemic

  • On April 3, ASN and the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) released a joint statement on the appropriate use of emergency departments (ED) during the COVID-19 pandemic.
     

- CJASN article, “Sound Science before Quick Judgement Regarding RAS Blockade in COVID-19”

  • By Matthew A. Sparks, Andrew South, Paul Welling, et al.
  • “After examining the available evidence, we advise that inhibitors of the RAS pathway should be continued in patients with COVID-19 who are taking these drugs for evidence-based indications. The putative link between SARS-CoV-2 angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEis) and angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) can be rationalized by the biology of virus entry.”

     

Dialysis Issues

- Webinar, April 9: “COVID-19: Considerations in the Home Dialysis Setting”

  • On Thursday, April 9, ASN hosted its fourth COVID-19 informational webinar: COVID-19: Considerations in the Home Dialysis Setting. This webinar addressed the care of home dialysis patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.
     

- CJASN article, “COVID-19 and the Inpatient Dialysis Unit”

  • Read about managing resources during contingency planning pre-crisis from Anna Burgner, T. Alp Ikizler and Jamie P. Dwyer.
     

- CJASN article, “Lessons from the Experience in Wuhan to Reduce Risk of COVID-19 Infection in Patients Undergoing Long-Term Hemodialysis

  • Authors Junhua Li and Gang Xu elaborate on their experience from fighting COVID-19 infection in long-term hemodialysis patients.
     

- Critical clarification from CMS: PD catheter and vascular access placement is essential

  • Based on discussions with ASN and other members of the kidney community, CMS clarified its guidance on deferring nonessential surgical procedures during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.
     

 

Policy Issues

- Opportunities and Challenges for Kidney Failure Patients in Medicare Advantage Plans for CY2021

  • In 2021, by law, Medicare Advantage (MA) plans will be open to patients with kidney failure as opposed to those who were already enrolled in MA plans before advancing to kidney failure and remain enrolled after kidney failure.
     

- ASN Contributes to Coalition for Health Funding’s letter to Congressional Leadership

  • The Coalition for Health Funding shared a letter to Congressional Leadership as Congress prepares a fourth phase of an emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a member, ASN identified a number of needs that were ultimately included in the letter including robust and sustained funding increases for the National Institutes of Health (specifically the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases), KidneyX, and the Conrad State 30 and Physician Access Reauthorization Act. The Coalition for Health Funding’s letter can be accessed here.
     
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asn logo small_0.jpgThe world is adjusting to the new and uncertain realities of the COVID-19 pandemic. ASN has worked tirelessly to address many of the important topics related to the changes. Please see below for many vital COVID-19 resources.


On the Front Lines

- Podcast COVID-19 Update: On the Front Lines in New York City

  • This podcast covers a COVID-19 update from Dr. Barbara Murphy who is on the ground in New York City, a current hotspot in the US for COVID-19 cases.
     

- Joint Statement from ASN and ACEP on appropriate use of emergency departments during the COVID-19 pandemic

  • On April 3, ASN and the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) released a joint statement on the appropriate use of emergency departments (ED) during the COVID-19 pandemic.
     

- CJASN article, “Sound Science before Quick Judgement Regarding RAS Blockade in COVID-19”

  • By Matthew A. Sparks, Andrew South, Paul Welling, et al.
  • “After examining the available evidence, we advise that inhibitors of the RAS pathway should be continued in patients with COVID-19 who are taking these drugs for evidence-based indications. The putative link between SARS-CoV-2 angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEis) and angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) can be rationalized by the biology of virus entry.”

     

Dialysis Issues

- Webinar, April 9: “COVID-19: Considerations in the Home Dialysis Setting”

  • On Thursday, April 9, ASN hosted its fourth COVID-19 informational webinar: COVID-19: Considerations in the Home Dialysis Setting. This webinar addressed the care of home dialysis patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.
     

- CJASN article, “COVID-19 and the Inpatient Dialysis Unit”

  • Read about managing resources during contingency planning pre-crisis from Anna Burgner, T. Alp Ikizler and Jamie P. Dwyer.
     

- CJASN article, “Lessons from the Experience in Wuhan to Reduce Risk of COVID-19 Infection in Patients Undergoing Long-Term Hemodialysis

  • Authors Junhua Li and Gang Xu elaborate on their experience from fighting COVID-19 infection in long-term hemodialysis patients.
     

- Critical clarification from CMS: PD catheter and vascular access placement is essential

  • Based on discussions with ASN and other members of the kidney community, CMS clarified its guidance on deferring nonessential surgical procedures during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.
     

 

Policy Issues

- Opportunities and Challenges for Kidney Failure Patients in Medicare Advantage Plans for CY2021

  • In 2021, by law, Medicare Advantage (MA) plans will be open to patients with kidney failure as opposed to those who were already enrolled in MA plans before advancing to kidney failure and remain enrolled after kidney failure.
     

- ASN Contributes to Coalition for Health Funding’s letter to Congressional Leadership

  • The Coalition for Health Funding shared a letter to Congressional Leadership as Congress prepares a fourth phase of an emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a member, ASN identified a number of needs that were ultimately included in the letter including robust and sustained funding increases for the National Institutes of Health (specifically the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases), KidneyX, and the Conrad State 30 and Physician Access Reauthorization Act. The Coalition for Health Funding’s letter can be accessed here.
     
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Friday, April 10, 2020