New ESRD Patient Education

The materials below can help both newly-diagnosed ESRD Patients and experienced kidney patients understand the basic resources available to help them live with - and pay for - kidney disease and treatment.
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New ESRD Patient Cover Letter

This is the New ESRD Patient Orientation Packet (NEPOP) Cover Letter. This file contains both the English and Spanish language versions.

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Medicare Coverage of Kidney Dialysis & Transplant Services

This CMS booklet explains the basics of Medicare, how Medicare helps pay for kidney dialysis and kidney transplants, and where to get help.

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Medicare for Children with ESRD

Medicare can help cover healthcare costs for children with ESRD. Even if you currently have other health coverage, enrolling your child in Medicare can provide consistent protection for them if you lose your other coverage in the future. Medicare covers most ESRD-related services.

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Fistula First: Hemodialysis Vascular Access

Hemodialysis (HD) cleans your blood through a fistula, graft, or catheter. If you have kidney failure, one of these will be your LIFELINE. This document outlines the differences between these three options so you can discuss which option is best for you with your doctor.

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Patient Rights and Responsibilities

As a person with kidney failure, you have certain rights and responsibilities. This document outlines those rights and responsibilities to help you know what to expect from your healthcare team, and what they can expect from you.

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AAKP ESRD Information Card

The American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) promotes education and encourages conversations that help improve the everyday lives of patients. This information card also features a nutritious kidney-friendly recipe.

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How to File a Grievance

As you learn to live with kidney failure, you may have to deal with problems along the way. This document outlines the best ways to deal with these concerns with your healthcare team, and how to pursue further assistance if needed.

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Medicare's Coverage of Dialysis and Transplant Benefits - Getting Started

This document provide helpful information to help newly diagnosed end stage renal disease (ESRD) patients to get started with Medicare benefits.

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