Did you know that approximately 90% of people with kidney disease don’t even know they have it? The best treatment is early detection when kidney disease can be slowed or stopped. But, if you’ve already been diagnosed, Medicare is here to help you make informed decisions about your care.
If you have Stage IV chronic kidney disease, Medicare covers up to 6 kidney disease education sessions that teach you how to take the best possible care of your kidneys. Sessions include topics like how to prevent complications of kidney disease, what to eat and drink, 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 centers can vary in the quality of care and services they provide, so it’s important to understand the differences in dialysis centers 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 center delivers. Medicare’s Dialysis Facility Compare lets you easily search for dialysis centers, compare them side by side, and find the right one for you. The information includes feedback from patients - you can see how dialysis patients respond to a survey that asked questions about their dialysis center, their kidney doctor, and the center’s staff.
March is National Kidney Month, so there’s no better time to get smart about kidney disease. Learn more about kidney disease, Dialysis Facility Compare, and Medicare-covered kidney services to be sure you’re making educated choices about your kidney health.