E-Newsletter | August 2018



In This Issue:
President's Message - New Mission
Public Policy Update

Coding Update
Reimbursement Webinar
Call to Action
$25K Research Grant
New Website
Award Nominations
15th Annual Scientific Meeting
Education Committee Call for Fellows

Corporate Partners

A Letter from the President
ASDIN is THE organization that has defined the field of interventional nephrology giving structure and identity to the field for nephrologists and other specialists who perform diagnostic and vascular access procedures.  ASDIN recently updated our mission statement to broaden our focus and expand our reach. 

The mission of ASDIN is to promote excellence in dialysis access care to improve outcomes for patients with kidney disease.

ASDIN leadership and our committees are working harder than ever before to achieve the challenging mission we have set for ourselves.  It is an exciting time for ASDIN, even as we lead in the face of challenges associated with regulatory and reimbursement changes. 

With the broader focus in mind, ASDIN has redesigned our annual meeting to include a new introductory Ultrasound Workshop, a broader and most extensive Associates program to include all involved in vascular access and a special session in collaboration with the Vascular Access Society of the Americas (VASA).  I encourage everyone to save the date – February 15 – 17, 2019, and join us in Atlanta.

Monnie Wasse, MD, MPH, FASDIN
ASDIN President

Public Policy Update

In July, CMS released the 2019 proposed rules:

Physician fee schedule (pertinent to office based access centers)

There is a modest increase for codes 36901, 36902, 36904 and 36905 with corresponding modest decrease for the stent codes 36903 and 36906.
Deadline for comment 9/10

Ambulatory Surgery Centers (pertinent to ASC structured access centers) 

There is a severe ~50% reduction for codes 36902 and 36905 because of a change to site neutral payments causing these codes to be valued at the same rate as the office site of service.
Deadline for comment 9/24

You may see a compare of our codes in the attached schedule. (see attached 4-page PDF).

Public Policy Webinar

On August 16, 2018, ASDIN’s Public Policy Committee provided a webinar updating the ASDIN membership on proposed ASC and EOP reimbursement changes for 2019.
s an ASDIN member, you may view this recording free of charge - simply log into your member account on 
www.asdin.org and go through the "purchase" process.  If you are logged in to your account, and your membership is current, you WILL NOT be charged.  After "purchase," You will be able to go back into the Online Education Center to access the recording at any time by clicking Launch. You may view or download a copy of the presentation slides here

Click Here for Public Policy Webinar

ASDIN has worked for many years with the Dialysis Vascular Access Coalition to protect appropriate reimbursement for our dialysis access procedures.  


We want you to consider being involved in two different efforts coordinated by DVAC:

Grasstops (Physician Leaders)

We are looking for physicians and practices that are willing to make actual personal phone calls and/or personal visits to members of Congress and Senators to raise concerns about the changes that have occurred and are proposed and how that affects our patients and practices.  If you are able to participate, contact Tim Pflederer.   DVAC will provide you with the information on how to contact, who to contact and specific talking points.  It is very critical that we identify as many people as possible that are willing to participate.


Grassroots (more information coming soon)

We will be coordinating an email campaign for everyone (patients included) through the DVAC website.  We want to encourage members of Congress to sign-on to a letter that is being developed by three key Congressional leaders - Costello, Lance and Dingell.  The sign-on letter specifically addresses the ASC fee schedule.  The more emails we can generate to Congress, the better.  The more members of Congress that that do sign-on to the letter, the more impact the letter will have on CMS.  There is not a letter on the Senate side, but we will have the option through the DVAC advocacy site to ask our Senators for support of the issue.

Coding Update

The code for fibrin sheath management has been made a column 2 code, with a 1 modifier.  You should be using 36596 with 36581. It can be used with the catheter exchange code as in the past but will require an XU modifier.

We believe many physicians have been attaching a 2 modifier to 36595. Please note that there have been some private insurance company denials stating that this code is now bundled with catheter exchange.



Column 1

Column 2

Modifier Indicator
0=not allowed
1= allowed
9= not applicable







This change will be added to the upcoming ASDIN/RPA Coding Manual revisions for 2019.


For further guidance on this coding issue - Click Here.

Are You on Twitter?

You should be!  There is a plethora of great nephrology and interventional nephrology content on twitter these days.  ASDIN is increasing our use of twitter (@ASDINNews) to communicate with our members.  We are now collecting twitter handles for all our members.  Log in to your member record on the ASDIN website and update your record with your twitter handle and make sure that you are following @ASDINNews on twitter.


In addition to @ASDINNews, you should definitely be following:

ASDIN President - @wasse_m

ASDIN Education Committee Chair - @edgarvlermamd

$25K Research Grant

ASDIN is offering a biennial research grant to encourage and stimulate research in the broad field of dialysis vascular access. Our hope is that our grant will help facilitate future larger research proposals built off the preliminary results of our grant. 


Previous award narratives may be viewed here.

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New Website - Coming Soon

ASDIN will soon unveil a new updated website which will streamline the way our web content is delivered.  Member communications and message are important to us.  We cannot wait to share our new look with all of you!

ASDIN Committees

ASDIN Committees were recently restructured after a Call for Committee Interest.  New chairs and members were appointed in the spring and all of these committees are hard at work on the goals and objectives assigned by the ASDIN Council.  To see a complete listing of ASDIN Committees and their members – Click Here

ASDIN Award Nominations

Know a colleague who has achieved much within ASDIN and/or the field of interventional nephrology?  Of course you do!  ASDIN provides an opportunity for members to recognize excellence in the field of interventional nephrology education and research, lifetime achievement and service to the society by participating in the ASDIN Award nomination process.  


Open through 8/31

Nominate Here

Annual Scientific Meeting


TURNING CHALLENGES INTO OPPORTUNITIES: Reflections on 15 years of ASDIN and the path ahead

Join us in Atlanta, Georgia, February 15-17, 2019. 


Click here for Exhibitor Prospectus


Hotel Information:
Marriott Marquis
256 Peachtree Center Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

$189 for single/double occupancy;
Local, state, and occupancy rates apply.
Click here for reservations

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Delta Airfare Discount

Delta Air Lines is pleased to offer special discounts for the American Society of Diagnostic and Interventional Nephrology           


Please click here  to book your flights.

You may also call Delta Meeting Network® at 1.800.328.1111* Monday–Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. (CT) and refer to Meeting Event Code NMSAC


*Please note there is not a service fee for reservations booked and ticketed via our reservation 800 number.


Call for Abstracts

Abstracts are now being accepted for the 15th Annual Scientific Meeting. The submission deadline is Wednesday, October 31, 2018.

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Scholarship for Fellows & Physicians-in-Training

At the time of abstract submission, the submitting investigator must identify if a fellow or physician in training will be presenting the abstract if it is selected. The abstracts will be evaluated and scored by the standard policy. If abstracts submitted by fellow or physicians in training are selected for either a podium or a poster presentation, scholarships may be awarded to them as follows: 

Full ASDIN Meeting Scholarship
1. If selected for podium presentation, up to two fellows or physicians in training will be awarded a Full ASDIN Meeting Scholarship which includes:

Complimentary Meeting registration for the presenting fellow or physician in training Complimentary hotel accommodations for two nights for the presenting physician in training 

2. If more than 2 fellows or physicians in training have been selected for podium presentation, the two fellow or physician in training abstracts with the highest scores will receive the Full ASDIN Meeting Scholarship. 

Partial ASDIN Meeting Scholarship
(Includes a 50% reduction of meeting registration awarded in the following order) 
1. Fellows or physicians in training selected for podium presentation who did not receive the full scholarship
2. The top 5 fellows or physicians in training selected for abstract poster presentation 
3. Fellows or physicians in training that live in the same State as the hosting city

**NOTE: A maximum of 2 Full Scholarships and 5 Partial Scholarships will be awarded per year.

To view abstracts presented in 2018

Call for Cases

Interesting Cases are NOW being accepted for the 15th Annual Scientific Meeting.  If you have interesting, intriguing or unusual/atypical cases, ASDIN invites you to submit them for possible inclusion in the case discussion session to be held Saturday, February 16, 2019.  If selected, cases will be discussed by our expert panel.  You may submit your case anonymously, OR, if your case is selected, you may present the case yourself.  ASDIN will extend complimentary meeting registration, to case authors selected who opt to present their own case.    

Open through 10/31.

Submit Here

WANTED: Two IN Fellows for Appointment to the ASDIN Education Committee

DEADLINE to APPLY: September 15



  • Must be a current Fellow in Nephrology
  • Maintaining ASDIN Fellow membership throughout the appointment’s term
  • Attending the ASDIN Annual Scientific Meeting in 2019
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The 3rd Congress of APSDA
2018 was endorsed by ASDIN

The Third Congress of Asian Pacific Society of Dialysis Access was held in Zhengzhou, China, August 16-18, 2018. Drs. Dirk Hentschel and Monnie Wasse represented ASDIN on the APSDA faculty. 


Photo caption: The  hands-on model for ultrasound guided angioplasty during APSDA

Fellows of ASDIN (FASDIN)

Class of 2019 Applications open November 1st

Applications for Fellow of ASDIN are accepted November 1,  2018 - January 31, 2019. To find out more about the criteria, click here.


ASDIN is proud to honor and recognize our  FASDIN physician members who have distinguished themselves by exceptional contributions in the field of interventional nephrology through the Fellow of ASDIN designation in 2018. FASDIN represents an individual's commitment and dedication to the mission of the society and outstanding personal achievement in this specialized field.

FASDIN Class of 2018:

Hany Anton, MD, FASDIN

Varshasb Broumand, MD, FASDIN

Wiwat Chancharoenthana, MD, FASDIN

Nnaemeka Chikwendu, MD, FASDIN


Hemant Dhingra, MD, FASDIN

Pedro Frommer, MD, FASDIN

Rohit Gupta, MD, FASDIN

Zubin Irani, MD, FASDIN


Sean Kalloo, MD, FASDIN

Damodar Kumbala, MD, FASDIN

Suresh Margassery, MD, FASDIN

Nagae Mawla, MD, FASDIN


Ekamol Tantisattamo, MD, FASDIN

David Voss, MD, FASDIN


Recent HVA Certifications

Jacques Abi Rached, MD
Michael Citak, MD 

Ali Gardezi, MD 
Kamran Karimi, MD 
Aziz Valika, MD
Adina Voiculescu, MD   

For more information on Certification, click here.

Recent HVA Recertifications


Fahd Al-Saghir, MD

Varshasb Broumand, MD

Douglas Bunting, MD

Khalil Dahdah, MD

Bogdan Derylo, MD

Zaher Hamadeh, MD

Naveed Haq, MD
Stanley Lee, MD
Mark Leischner, MD
Sejal Patel, MD
Pinnamaneni Prasad, MD
Steve Rankin, MD
Hany Rezk, MD
Matthew Sanger, MD
Rajeev Shenoy, MD
Norbert Shtaynberg, DO
Noam Spinowitz, MD 
Sudheer Ummadi, MD

Hemender Vats, MD

For more information on HVA Recertification, click here.


Recent Ultrasound Certifications

Vandana Dua Niyyar, MD

Marc Saad, MD

For more information on Ultrasound Certification, click here


Thank You to ASDIN Corporate Partners!

ASDIN would like to extend a very special thank you to our 2018 ASDIN Corporate Partners.  These companies graciously support ASDIN and in turn they help underwrite individual membership dues and many ASDIN member programs.   

Platinum Level Partners



Gold Level Partners




Silver Level Partners