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Some students prefer Chicago-style hot dogs to Maine lobster rolls. Building on the success of the Mt. Desert Island program, ASN is expanding the TREKS program (Tutored Research and Education for Kidney Students) to Chicago.

TREKS will leverage the University of Chicago’s uniquely designed renal physiology program so medical and graduate students can study renal physiology with experts, network with peers and subsequently benefit from a mentor relationship with a kidney expert at their home institution

David L White

A great deal of discussion and interest—and a healthy dose of concern—has taken place within the nephrology community concerning MACRA, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. 

When Congress passed MACRA, it created a new pathway for payment reform within Medicare.  Under the new law, physicians can expect more predictable, positive payment schedules beginning in 2019. The new framework rewards health care providers for giving better care, not just more care, and combines three existing quality reporting programs (PQRS, Meaningful Use, and the Value-Based Modifier) into one system.

David L. White
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Rachel Nell Meyer
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Zachary Kribs