ASN, along with 36 kidney organizations, signed letter to Senate Appropriations for additional kidney research funding at NIH

On Monday, April 23, the American Society of Nephrology and a record-setting coalition of 36 other organizations in the kidney community, authored a letter to the leadership of the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees that appropriate funds for the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

CMS Announces Opportunity to Participate in a Study about the Burdens Associated with the Physician Quality Programs

Participation provides full credit for the 2018 MIPS Improvement Activities performance category

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.

ASN and AAKP Advocates Urged Congress to Support KidneyX

Advocates from the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and the American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) met with representatives, senators, and their respective staffs on March 28, 2018 to urge Congress to support KidneyX, a new public-private partnership to accelerate innovation in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of kidney diseases.

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.

President's Column: Kidney Innovation Accelerator

KidneyX will be a public-private partnership to incentivize accelerated development and commercialization of disruptive technologies to reduce the number of patients with ESRD and improve the experience of patients on dialysis.

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.