Kidney disease education

Kidney disease education

How often is it covered?

Medicare covers up to 6 sessions of kidney disease education services if you have Stage IV chronic kidney disease that will usually require dialysis or a kidney transplant. Doctors, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and clinical nurse specialists can offer these services. 

Kidney disease education:

  • Teaches you how to take the best possible care of your kidneys
  • Gives you information you need to make informed decisions about your care

You'll learn about these topics:

  1. How to manage health conditions like heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and anemia
  2. How your kidneys work
  3. What you should and shouldn’t eat
  4. How your medications work
  5. Your treatment options if your kidneys get worse:
    • Kidney transplant  
    • Hemodialysis
    • Peritoneal dialysis
    • Access options for hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis

You can also ask about these topics:

  • How you’ll feel
  • How to maintain your kidney function
  • Exercise
  • What your test results mean
  • Your family and social life
  • Work and finances
  • Your mental health
  • Your right to choose not to get a kidney transplant or dialysis
Who's eligible?

People with 

 who have 

 (CKD). The doctor who manages your kidney disease must give you a referral for these services.

Your costs in Original Medicare

You pay 20% of the 

 per session if you get the service from a doctor or other qualified health care provider, and the Part B 

 applies.

Note

To find out how much your test, item, or service will cost, talk to your doctor or health care provider. The specific amount you’ll owe may depend on several things, like:

  • Other insurance you may have
  • How much your doctor charges
  • Whether your doctor accepts assignment
  • The type of facility
  • Where you get your test, item, or service

Note

Your doctor or other health care provider may recommend you get services more often than Medicare covers. Or, they may recommend services that Medicare doesn’t cover. If this happens, you may have to pay some or all of the costs. Ask questions so you understand why your doctor is recommending certain services and whether Medicare will pay for them.

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