Kidney News

2017 in Review: Top 10 Kidney News Articles

2017 brought another successful year of nephrology coverage by ASN Kidney News and Kidney News Online. The two publications covered a broad spectrum of topics within nephrology including: glomerular disease and pregnancy, transplantation, physician stress and burnout, elder care, and research initiatives.

The following are the 10 most read articles of the last year. The first 5 articles are from ASN Kidney News and the following 5 from Kidney News Online.

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Are Scientific Articles Less Reader Friendly Now? Karolinska Researchers Say Yes.

Authors from Karolinska Institute examined over 700,000 articles and concluded that "readability of science is steadily decreasing." See what you think.

ASN, ERA-EDTA, and ISN Launch Global Nephrology Workforce Survey Project

The American Society of Nephrology (ASN), the European Renal Association–European Dialysis and Transplant Association (ERA-EDTA), and the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) have launched a collaborative effort to assess the global nephrology workforce. One of three current ASN/ERA-EDTA/ISN joint projects, the Comparing Realities Across the Global Nephrology Workforce Survey will offer kidney health professionals a better understanding of the specialty by characterizing the kidney health workforce at the country- and region-specific level.

ASN Policy and Advocacy Committee Interns in Their Own Words

I had the great opportunity to attend my first ASN public policy committee meeting this month in Washington, DC. The meeting started with a briefing about the current state of health care in the US, as well as a discussion about many hot topics affecting people with kidney disease and the physicians who treat them. The topics discussed felt vital and relevant to what I read about in the news and what I experience in my daily practice. I then had the great opportunity to participate in my first Hill Day.

CMS to Mail Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Letters Now through May

Keep a lookout in your mail this week and through early May. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is mailing out Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) “participation status” letters to several hundred thousand clinicians who participate in Medicare., according to CMS officials who spoke this week on a National Stakeholders conference call, in which ASN participated. The mailing is to notify clinicians and practices of their MIPS status. This status tells you, or other clinicians in your practice, if any of you will be required to participate in MIPS in 2017.