Mar 09, 2020

Care for your kidneys — Medicare can help

There’s never “bean” a better time to care for your kidneys’ health.

Did you know that approximately 90% of people with kidney disease don’t know they have it? If it’s caught early enough, kidney disease can be slowed or stopped, so it’s important to ask your doctor if you have concerns. And, if you’ve already been diagnosed with kidney disease, Medicare is here to help you care for your kidneys.

If you have Stage IV chronic kidney disease, Medicare covers up to 6 kidney disease education sessions that teach you how to manage kidney disease and take the best possible care of your kidneys. Sessions      cover topics like how to prevent complications of kidney disease, what to eat and drink to care for your kidneys, and what options you have if your kidneys get worse, like dialysis and kidney transplants.

If you or a loved one has advanced kidney disease requiring dialysis, often known as End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), you’ll need to find the right care. Dialysis facilities can vary in the quality of services and care for kidneys they provide, so it’s important to understand the differences in dialysis facilities in your area before you decide where to go for care. If you’re already on dialysis, it’s also important to understand the quality of care that your dialysis facility delivers.

You can visit Medicare.gov to search for dialysis facilities, compare them side by side, and find the right one for you. You can also hear directly from other dialysis patients by reading their responses to questions about their dialysis facility, their kidney doctor, and the facility’s staff.

March is National Kidney Month, so there’s no better time to get smart about kidney disease. Visit Medicare.gov to learn more about Medicare-covered kidney services and “filter” through your options for dialysis facilities.