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https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/KidneyFailure

What is kidney failure? Healthy kidneys do many important jobs. They keep your whole body in balance. They remove waste products and extra water from your body, help make red blood cells, and help control blood pressure. When you have kidney failure, it means your kidneys are damaged. They cannot...

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/managedcare

What is managed care? There is no standard definition of managed care. But, basically, it is a system which provides quality health care while keeping costs down by coordinating or managing services. There are many different managed care organizations. A managed care organization may be a group of...

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/employersguide

Working is very important to many people who have kidney failure, also known as end stage renal disease (ESRD). It can help them to have a feeling of value to their families, to society and to themselves. As an employer, you probably have many questions about how hiring or continuing to employ...

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/metabolic-acidosis/professionals

Facts about Metabolic Acidosis and Chronic Kidney Disease A Clinical Bulletin on Metabolic Acidosis in Chronic Kidney Disease - Download the bulletin. This Clinical Update Bulletin includes essential information regarding metabolic acidosis in the setting...

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/insurance-options

Insurance Options:   Medicare  helps Americans and legal residents of all ages who have worked and paid taxes into the system, and need dialysis or a kidney transplant. More than 90 percent of Americans with kidney failure, what Medicare calls End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), have...

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/insurance

Watch a Zoom recording about Medicare and Insurance Open Enrollment for Medicare is NOW through December 7th. Review your Medicare Part D prescription plan to see if there are any changes that will affect your coverage in 2021 - you also have the option to switch to a new plan instead! Click here...

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/dial_billofrights

Complaints/Grievances Your dialysis center and healthcare team are responsible for providing you with optimal treatment.  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) regulate how dialysis centers provide care in order to make sure that safety and quality standards are met.  If you have...

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/common-insurance-terms-defined

ACA Marketplace: The Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Marketplace, helps people without health coverage find and enroll in an insurance plan that fits your budget and meets your needs. Balanced Billing - when a healthcare provider bills you for the difference between what your health insurance...

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/buttonhole-technique

What is the buttonhole technique? The buttonhole technique is a way to "cannulate," which means "to insert dialysis needles." Instead of sharp, pointed needles, dull needles are placed into the exact same holes on your fistula every time you have dialysis.  Inserting the needles in the same...

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/myths

Myth: The only option for receiving dialysis treatment is to travel to a center at least three times per week for hours at a time. Fact: Dialysis can be done in many ways: You can do dialysis in a hospital or an outpatient dialysis clinic or in your own home. Hemodialysis at a dialysis center is...

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/faq-about-medicare-kidney-patients

I applied for Medicare, when will my Medicare coverage begin? The effective date of Medicare based on ESRD is dependent upon the type of treatment you choose: For hemodialysis patients Medicare is effective the 4th month of treatment For example, if hemodialysis is begunin May, Medicare becomes...

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/how-does-palliative-care-improve-quality-life-kidney-patients

By Jennifer S. Scherer, M.D.   A few years ago, I left my nephrology private practice because I was driven to do more for my patients. Throughout my training and career in nephrology, I had been intensely aware of how kidney patients – even those doing well – often have poor quality of...

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/sixstepshealthprimer

33% of adults in the United States are at risk for kidney disease. That’s 1 in 3 people.   Kidney disease is a major public health concern. Kidney disease often goes undetected until it is very advanced. Unfortunately, this is when someone would need dialysis or a transplant.   The key is...

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/trans_getready

Though dialysis is the preferred choice for some people, many other people with kidney failure choose to have a kidney transplant. Transplantation has many advantages, such as a lifestyle free from dialysis and fewer fluid and dietary restrictions. Kidney transplants, when successful, usually...

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/rare-diseases/refractory-gout-management

Pathogenesis Refractory gout is considered an uncommon problem, but it remains a persistent challenge, and patients with this condition can have functional impairment and sharply reduced quality of life.1   Gout may result from chronic hyperuricemia, defined as a serum urate level >7.0 mg/...

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/rare-diseases/nephropathic-cystinosis-evaluation-and-management

Pathophysiology Nephropathic cystinosis is an autosomal recessive metabolic disorder. It is a rare disease with a lifelong impact on the patient. The yearly incidence of nephropathic cystinosis is ~1:150,000 to 200,000 live births and its prevalence is ~1.6 per million population.1 However the...