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Study reveals US transplant recipient health outcomes advantage drops after first year

“While kidney transplant recipients in the United States initially have better outcomes compared to patients in other countries, registry data show that advantage disappears after the first year, according to a study published in the American Journal of Transplantation".

CMS Releases 2018 MIPS Eligibility Tool

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have incorporated a new “MIPS Participation Status” function on the Quality Payment Program (QPP) website.  To find out whether you need to participate in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) during the 2018 performance year, just enter your National Provider Identifier, or NPI.

Experts raise alarm over rising cases of kidney diseases in pregnant women

Even the Nigeria Association of Nephrology warns of a looming epidemic of kidney disease in the country, and has urged the Federal Government to prioritise treatment of kidney disorders.

Board of Trustees Votes for Post-Tenure Reviews

The University of Tennessee Board of Trustees vote to expand post-tenure review.

Advocacy to Increase NIH Funding Pays Dividends: $3 Billion Increase Signed into Law

Responding to coordinated, consistent advocacy from ASN and other proponents of medical research funding, Congress and President Trump have passed and signed into law a spending bill that increases funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by $3 billion in 2018—an 8.8% increase over 2017 funding levels.  The legislation received strong bipartisan support, passing the House 256-167 and the Senate 65-32.

ASN and Alliance for Home Dialysis urge CMS, CHRONIC Care Act signed into law

After two years of diligent efforts by the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and other members of the Alliance for Home Dialysis, the provisions of the CHRONIC Care Act were signed into law after being included in the two-year budget agreement passed in February.  The CHRONIC provisions authorize, among other items, a home dialysis patient’s monthly clinical visits to be conducted via telehealth with the home as an originating site.  ASN and others supported the inclusion of telemedicine provisions in the recent congressional budget deal to pave the way for greater use of the technology

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.

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.

Dr. Dall'Era speaks about upcoming talk on Lupus Nephritis at Winter Rheumatology Symposium

Kidney News Online (KNO) spoke with Dr. Maria Dall’Era, a professor of medicine in the Division of Rheumatology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and director of the UCSF Lupus Clinic and the Rheumatology Clinical Research Center. She will present a talk on January 25th at the Symposium entitled “Update on Lupus Nephritis”. In the following, Dr. Dall’Era shares her thoughts.

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.