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Where Kidney Patients Can Get Help with Medical Bills and Employment

February 20th, 2020|

There is a resource—developed by patients with kidney disease—that provides an overview of where to get help with medical bills and employment. The types of medical bill tips highlighted include: An overview of Medicare coverage for people with End-Stage Renal Disease Where you may find help in getting supplemental coverage for the 20% Medicare doesn't pay Assistance for special populations (e.g., veterans, children, people with disabilities, etc.) Programs that help cover expenses related to health insurance premiums, living organ donation and medications. Assistance provided by some electric companies for home hemodialysis patients Employment tips featured include where to find help with: Returning to work Beginning a new line [...]

5 Ways to Improve Your Heart Health

February 13th, 2020|

If you worry that you or someone you love will get heart disease or even have a heart attack, it’s understandable. February is American Heart Month, and heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). Research shows you can lower your risk, particularly if you team up with family, friends or co-workers. This kind of social support may be the key to your success. “Studies show that having positive, close relationships and feeling connected to others benefits overall health, blood pressure, weight and more,” said NHLBI’s Dr. David Goff, director of cardiovascular sciences. Consider these five tips [...]

Ideas for Packing a “Go Bag” for Unanticipated Overnight Hospital Stays

February 6th, 2020|

Sometimes, having a chronic disease—such as End-Stage Renal Disease—can result in spending the night in the hospital unexpectedly. One tip to make the stay more comfortable is having a pre-packed "go bag". This could be helpful for not only patients being admitted, but also the caregivers that accompany them. To get started, below are some areas to focus on when pre-packing the bag: Comfortable clothes and bedding Entertainment Sleep aids Snacks Copies of important documents and helpful lists Toiletries For more details about specific items to include in these categories, read the full article.

Survey: Seeking Advice from Parents of Children with Kidney Disease

January 25th, 2020|

The DPC Education Center is developing an online program to serve as a resource for parents of children with kidney disease. In order for this program to be successful, we need the guidance of parents willing to share tips and stories about how they helped their child thrive while living with this condition and juggling life's multiple demands. Feedback is needed in the areas of treatment, medication and mental health. If you are a parent of a child with kidney disease and would like to help us with this project, please click this link (or answer the questions in the box below) to fill out the short survey: Create your own user feedback survey

Disability Benefits for Kidney Disease Patients

January 18th, 2020|

There are more than 37 million people in the US living with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and over 700,000 with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). ESRD patients require multiple dialysis treatments a week in order to stay alive. Many CKD and ESRD patients find it difficult to continue working because of the time consuming treatments and the toll it has on their bodies. If you have kidney disease or ESRD and are not able to continue working, you may file a claim for Social Security benefits. While not guaranteed, these benefits help many patients cover some of their lost wages. Many CKD or ESRD patients use disability benefits to pay for living expenses like food, rent, [...]

January is National Mentoring Month

January 11th, 2020|

This January marks the 19th annual National Mentoring Month, a campaign aimed at expanding quality mentoring opportunities to connect more of our community’s young people with caring adults. There is a powerful mentoring effect demonstrated by research and the experiences of young people who are connected to a mentor in real life. Mentoring is linked to improved academic, social and economic prospects for young people, and that ultimately strengthens our community. Research has shown that when matched through a quality mentoring program, mentors can play a powerful role in providing young people with the tools to make responsible decisions, stay focused and engaged in school, and reduce or avoid risky behavior like skipping school, drug [...]

Today is Your Day

December 3rd, 2019|

Support the Dialysis Patient Citizens Education Center We want to take this opportunity to say thank you. As you know, it is our mission to reduce the occurrence and delay the progression of kidney disease. We work to accomplish our goals by: developing unique educational programs to empower patients and increasing public awareness of kidney disease. Our organization is led by kidney disease patients for kidney disease patients. We cannot accomplish our critical mission without you. Join in our efforts to improve patient quality of life and delay the occurrence of end-stage renal disease by donating today. For more information about our programs, visit us HERE. Make A Gift From all of us [...]

2020 Medicare Parts A & B Premiums and Deductibles

November 27th, 2019|

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2020 premiums, deductibles, and coinsurance amounts for the Medicare Part A and Part B programs. Medicare Part B Premiums/Deductibles Medicare Part B covers physician services, outpatient hospital services, certain home health services, durable medical equipment, and certain other medical and health services not covered by Medicare Part A. Each year the Medicare premiums, deductibles, and copayment rates are adjusted according to the Social Security Act. For 2020, the Medicare Part B monthly premiums and the annual deductible are higher than the 2019 amounts. The standard monthly premium for Medicare Part B enrollees will be $144.60 for 2020, an increase of $9.10 from $135.50 in 2019. [...]

CDC Advises Patients and Their Families to Be Antibiotics Aware

November 18th, 2019|

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is advising patients and their families to use antibiotics only when necessary to further reduce antibiotic resistance, the spread of superbugs, and protect patients from side effects from antibiotics. During U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week and throughout the year, CDC promotes Be Antibiotics Aware, an educational effort to raise awareness about the importance of safe antibiotic use. The Be Antibiotics Aware initiative educates the public about when antibiotics are needed, when they are not, how to take antibiotics appropriately, and potential side effects of antibiotics. CDC encourages patients and families to: Get the facts about antibiotics. Antibiotics do not work on viruses, such as those that cause colds, flu, bronchitis, or [...]

November is National Diabetes Month

November 8th, 2019|

Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. One in 10 Americans have diabetes — that’s more than 30 million people. And another 84 million adults in the United States are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. To raise awareness about diabetes and healthy living, we are proudly participating in American Diabetes Month. Around one in three adults with diabetes has chronic kidney disease. Depending on your age, weight, and other factors, you may be at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The good news is that making healthy changes can greatly lower your risk. To help prevent type 2 diabetes: Watch your weight Eat [...]

Treatments and Modality Options for Kidney Disease

October 21st, 2019|

During this webinar you will learn: 1) how kidneys work, 2) about chronic kidney disease stages and symptoms, 3) how to slow progression, 4) end stage options for treatment and 5) about accesses. About the Presenter: Joanne Smith is a DPC Education Center Advisory Council member and has had multiple positions in the dialysis field since receiving her RN degree, ranging from Staff RN to Director of Nursing to Home Therapies Manager. She is currently a Kidney Care Advocate responsible for educating CKD and ESRD patients on kidney disease and options for treatment, focusing specifically on home dialysis. Unlike in other nursing fields where patients are encountered on an annual or limited basis, Joanne enjoys working [...]

Are Pupils the Answer to Pain Evaluation?

October 8th, 2019|

Some researchers are exploring a new method for measuring pain that involves studying the pupils of a patient. After observing an involuntary response in pupils as a result of pain or medication, a device was developed that "measures a patient’s pupillary response and, using proprietary algorithms, provides a diagnostic measurement of pain intensity, pain type and, after treatment is administered, monitors efficacy." The traditional method for measuring pain involves a 0 to 10 scale that is subjective and self-reported. This approach increases the chances for misdiagnosis, over-treatment or under-treatment since it is not objectively measured. Benefits for this new approach include understanding the effectiveness of alternative methods for pain management (e.g., acupuncture, laughter therapy, virtual [...]

Medicare Plan Finder Gets an Upgrade for the First Time in a Decade

October 4th, 2019|

It’s Now Easier to Compare Coverage Options and Shop for Medicare Health and Drug Plans For the first time in a decade, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched a modernized and redesigned Medicare Plan Finder. The Medicare Plan Finder, the most used tool on Medicare.gov, allows users to shop and compare Medicare Advantage and Part D plans. There are more than 60 million people with Medicare coverage. The updated Medicare Plan Finder also provides them and their caregivers with a personalized experience through a mobile friendly and easy-to-read design that will help them learn about different options and select coverage that best meets their health needs. The new Plan Finder walks users [...]

Resources for People with Diabetes and Kidney Disease

September 30th, 2019|

If you missed last week's webinar on diabetes and kidney disease, the recording is now available. In addition, below is a handout to accompany the presentation. Herbs Some of these articles provide information about what some people have tried, but the overall research is not necessarily strong. Some of these could be an option for you, but remember: IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE USING ANY ALTERNATIVE TREATMENTS.  Herbs for Diabetes: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/blog/herbs-for-diabetes/ Bitter Melon, Diabetes (one of the speaker's favorites): https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/blog/bitter-melon-diabetes/ Apple Cider Vinegar and Diabetes: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/blog/apple-cider-vinegar-and-diabetes/ Six Supplements for Diabetes:  https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/blog/six-supplements-for-diabetes/ Kidney Diet Diabetes Diet and Kidney Disease: https://www.dpcedcenter.org/staying-healthy/nutrition/diabetes-diet-and-kidney-disease/ A Livable, Lovable Approach to Kidney Disease Nutrition: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOEdzhwEFJg  Nutrition: https://www.dpcedcenter.org/staying-healthy/nutrition/ [...]

Elevate the Patient Voice in ADPKD Research

September 20th, 2019|

A patient registry is available for people with autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD). The registry is a way to empower patients within a research community while providing information about the impact of ADPKD on the lives of those affected. Participants will be asked to provide information about their diagnosis, symptoms, family history and more. Researchers will connect registry volunteers with studies and clinical trials they may be eligible to participate in. The hope is that registry participation will contribute towards the goal of curing ADPKD. Read more about participating. About ADPKD ADPKD is a genetic disorder—affecting approximately 400,000 people in the US—where cysts form in the kidneys. Symptoms include side and back pain, and [...]

Fight Kidney Disease by Combatting Childhood Obesity

September 10th, 2019|

One in 5 children in the United States have obesity. Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once seen only in adults, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. In fact, childhood obesity leads to an increased risk of kidney disease—a condition that affects over 30 million Americans. The good news is that childhood obesity can be prevented. In honor of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, DPC encourages your family to make healthy changes together. Get active outside! Walk around the neighborhood, go on a bike ride, or play basketball at the park. Limit screen time. Keep screen time (time spent on the computer, watching TV, or playing video games) [...]

Short Course on Sepsis and Kidney Disease

September 3rd, 2019|

Do you know that anyone, including people with kidney disease, can get sepsis? Do you know what sepsis is and what its symptoms are? If you or a loved one gets sepsis. It is very important to get treatment immediately for this devastating and life-threatening condition. September is Sepsis Awareness Month, and we have a short online course that will get you up-to-speed in case this happens to you or someone you know. During this program, you will learn: What sepsis is What the early warning signs of sepsis are What people with kidney disease need to know about sepsis What you can do to prevent sepsis What to do if you suspect sepsis Get [...]

8 Things About Living with A Chronic Disease That Others May Not Understand

August 27th, 2019|

"If you see us 'enjoying' ourselves, it doesn’t mean we aren’t sick." This is one of a handful of ideas shared by a woman who has lived with a chronic illness for the past 12 years. She decided to create a blog to share her experience and spread awareness about others that may be going through something similar. If there are friends or family in your life that are having trouble relating to what you are going through, it may be helpful to share this article with them. Or perhaps it will inspire you to put your thoughts on paper and express the feelings you observe while living with kidney disease. Read the full article.

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