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ASN Advocacy for Kidney Transplant Model Yields Success

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On October 18, 2017, the Physician Compare 30-day preview period officially opened. Clinicians and groups now have the opportunity to preview their 2016 performance information before it is publicly reported on Physician Compare later this year. Data available for preview includes:

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The Undifferentiated Medical Student is a podcast started in November 2016 with the goal of “doing interviews with one physician from each of the 120+ specialties and subspecialties listed on the AAMC’s Careers in Medicine website” in order to empower medical school students to think about choosing their specialty and planning their careers.

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Interactive Map

interactive map.PNG Please see the CMS interactive map which "displays the Medicare Part D opioid prescribing rate for 2016. The Part D opioid prescribing rate reflects the percentage of a prescriber’s total Part D claims that are opioid prescriptions.

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The recent annual report released by the United States Renal Data System (USRDS) found the following highlights:

Children with Kidney Failure

Fewer children under five years old with kidney failure are dying. Mortality one year after kidney failure has dropped by nearly half over the past decade.

Kidney Transplant Waiting List

For the first time ever, the number of people waiting for a kidney decreased. This may be related to a recent change in federal policy on kidney transplantation.

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Building upon momentum from the Kidney Innovation Summit hosted earlier this year by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), along with support from the American Society of Nephrology, the VA Center for Innovation (VACI) released a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) this week designed to source and fund early stage research, development, prototyping, and piloting of pioneering ideas in the kidney space. 

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In a piece published by Evidence-Based Nursing, Allison Shorten and Brett Shorten describe different research scenarios and detail which statistical tests may be the most appropriate for the researchers to utilize.

They use the example of “a new ‘mobile phone app’ for patients recently diagnosed with diabetes, with the aim [of] improving patient knowledge about health food choices” who are separated into groups and tested based on usage of the app or no usage.

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A study1 released earlier this week in JAMA studied the question of whether dialysis facility ownership is associated with access to kidney transplantation.

Historically, for-profit dialysis facilities have had lower kidney transplantation rates for their patients, but it was previously unknown “if the patterns holds for living donor and deceased donor kidney transplantation, varies by facility ownership, or has persisted over time in a nationally representative population [US].”jama-logo - Copy_0.jpg