In Practice

Outside ASN: Nigeria addressing rising cases and high cost of treating CKD

"Nigeria, on March 8, joined the rest of the world to celebrate the World Kidney Day (WKD). A day set aside to raise awareness on the plight of people living with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and how to better prevent, treat and manage 'the disease'".

NY Times: The Challenge of Doctor-Patient Relations in the Internet Age

A recent article by Doris Iarovicic, a psychiatrist at Hardvard University's Counseling and Mental Health Services, details her experience with patients who prefer the "expertise" of the digital world to the expertise of in-person physicians.

Read the full article at the New York Times (soft paywall).

Fewer international doctors seeking U.S. jobs – potentially due to ongoing immigration shakeup

National healthcare recruiting company The Medicus Firm said it placed the lowest percentage of internationally trained physicians in 2017 in at least seven years. The percentage of internationally trained physicians placed by Medicus dropped to 24%, down seven points from nearly 32% in 2016, according to the report.

Kidney Health Initiative (KHI): Prioritizing Symptoms of ESRD Patients for Developing Therapeutic Interventions workshop

The “Prioritizing Symptoms of ESRD Patients for Developing Therapeutic Interventions” workshop took place from January 8th through January 10th in Washington, DC. The meeting convened various stakeholders, including patients and care givers. Discussion centered around three symptoms of ESRD that were identified as priorities through previous patient focus groups: Fatigue, Insomnia, and Muscle Cramps.

The goal of the meeting was to:

Inside the UCLA voucher program that is overcoming chronological incompatibility and saving lives

The UCLA Kidney Transplant Program started a voucher program in 2014 which has already proven its utility and saved 25 lives. “The program works like this: The voucher donor gives a kidney to a stranger on dialysis. Often that recipient had a friend or family member who had wanted to be a donor but couldn’t due to incompatibility.

Join the conversation on Hurricane Harvey

To join the conversation on the affects of Hurricane Harvey on dialysis and kidney care, please sign in and see the "Supporting our Texas Colleagues" forum on ASN Communities. Share your experience and knowledge with peers.

JAMA: "Risk factors for Melanoma in renal transplant recipients"

An original investigation published online by JAMA Dermatology on July 26, 2017 found that "renal transplant recipients had greater risk of developing melanoma compared with their non-renal transplant counterparts. Risk factors for developing melanoma included older, age, male sex, recipient white race, living donors, sirolimus therapy, and cyclosporine therapy".

Of 105,174 patients (64,151 or 60.7% male, mean age 49.5, standard deviation 15.3 years) "who received kidney transplants between 2004 and 2012, 488 or 0.4% had a record of melanoma after transplantation".

Quality Payment Program Hardship Exception Application for the 2017 Transition Year Is Now Open

 Clinicians can now submit Quality Payment Program Hardship Exception Applications

ASN Shapes Physician Payment System (MACRA)

What is MACRA? What does it mean to you and your practice? What is ASN doing to make sure the new payment system really works?

Read the letter from ASN President Raymond C. Harris, MD, FASN here. http://www.asn-online.org/policy/webdocsMACRARFI-ASN-Comments.pdf

Learn more about MACRA here

 

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