New legislation to protect kidney transplant recipients introduced by Rep. Michael C. Burgess, MD (R-TX) and Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) and endorsed by ASN on Thursday, September 22 aims to ensure patient access to the medications needed to keep transplanted kidneys healthy.
“ASN strongly supports this bipartisan legislation and is committed to working with our congressional champions and the entire kidney and transplant community in advocating for passage of this important bill,” said ASN President Raymond C. Harris, MD, FASN.
The White House announced Tuesday that the administration is taking action on two policy priorities for ASN: improving the data used to evaluate Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs) and removing financial barriers to living donation.
The Unified Spring Agenda, released May 22, provides insight into which issues the administration will address through a proposed rule process in the coming months. ASN urged Secretary Azar and other senior administration officials to address these issues during a February meeting and applauds its bold leadership on both fronts.
Rapid changes are occurring in the healthcare environment, with greater emphasis placed on the care experience, its value/cost, and health outcomes. These changes are outpacing educational reforms, leading to growing gaps between medical education and clinical practice. Particularly concerning is trainee readiness for such gap areas as systems redesign, quality improvement and patient safety, population health, and interprofessional practice. Medical education must continue to evolve to address these gaps, and nephrology is at the cutting edge of these transformations.