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ASN leads the fight to prevent, treat, and cure kidney diseases throughout the world by educating health professionals and scientists, advancing research and innovation, communicating new knowledge, and advocating for the highest quality care for patients.

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Kidney Week

Special Session

Policy in a Post-COVID World, Including the Christopher R. Blagg, MD, Endowed Lectureship in Kidney Diseases and Public Policy

October 22, 2020 | 05:00 PM - 06:45 PM

Location: Live-Streamed

Session Description

This session examines the role of policy and policymakers at the federal, state, and local levels in the context of COVID-19. It delves into lessons learned about policies that were successful versus unsuccessful in the immediate response, strengths and weaknesses in our existing healthcare infrastructure and how those can improve, and what lasting implications COVID-19 will have on nephrology health policy.

Note: Continuing education credits are not being offered for this activity.

ASN gratefully acknowledges the Northwest Kidney Centers and its contributors for support of the Blagg Lectureship in Kidney Diseases and Public Policy.

ASN thanks its Policy and Advocacy Committee and the Renal Physicians Association for assistance with this session.

Learning Objective(s)

  • Describe how federal policy rapidly evolved - and didn't - to meet kidney patients' needs during COVID-19, including payment policy, insurance coverage, and investments in research and innovation
  • Discuss how private institutions have stepped into the void to meet the novel public health needs COVID-19 created and the various effects nationwide
  • Articulate how COVID-19 brought to the fore systemic shortcomings and institutional racism that inherently affects nephrology and what a path forward to address it may resemble

Learning Pathway(s)

  • Other


  • Michelle A. Josephson, MD, FASN
  • Jeffrey A. Perlmutter, MD