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2020 Medicare Parts A & B Premiums and Deductibles

2019-12-05T14:01:33-05:00November 27th, 2019|Categories: Costs for Treatment, eNews|

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 [...]

Treatments and Modality Options for Kidney Disease

2019-10-25T17:18:26-05:00October 21st, 2019|Categories: Diagnosis of Kidney Disease, Early Intervention, eNews, Home Hemodialysis, In-Center Hemodialysis, Kidney Transplant, Peritoneal Dialysis, Stages of Kidney Disease, Symptoms, Webinar, What Causes Kidney Disease|

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 [...]

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

2019-10-04T10:54:52-05:00October 4th, 2019|Categories: Costs for Treatment, eNews|

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 [...]

Diabetes and Kidney Disease: Can You Get Better?

2019-08-28T11:52:02-05:00August 23rd, 2019|Categories: Diagnosis of Kidney Disease, Early Intervention, eNews, Webinar, What Causes Kidney Disease|Tags: |

During this webinar you will learn: 1) How Diabetes Affects Your Kidneys, 2) How Controlling Diabetes Improves Health and Well Being and 3) Three Proven Strategies for Controlling or Reversing Diabetes. David Spero has been a nurse for 40 years, has lived with a chronic illness for 30 years, writes regularly for Diabetes Self-Management magazine and web site and for other health publications. He is author of The Art of Getting Well: Maximizing Health When You Have a Chronic Illness (Hunter House 2003), and Diabetes: Sugar Coated Crisis – Who gets it, who profits, and how to stop it (New Society [...]

The Gap Between US Veterans and Kidney Doctors

2019-08-13T15:15:35-05:00August 13th, 2019|Categories: Diagnosis of Kidney Disease, Early Intervention, eNews, Stages of Kidney Disease|

Less than 60 percent of US Veterans with advanced stages of kidney disease (eGFR <30) receive care from a nephrologist. This is important as kidney disease is 34 percent higher among veterans than the general population. In addition, seeing a nephrologist could delay the progression of the disease and prevent other health issues from emerging. The percentage of veterans that work with a nephrologist varies by age, with patients over 69 being least likely. The data suggests that additional efforts need to be made to ensure veterans with kidney disease are getting the care they need. Read the full article. Understand [...]

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

2019-08-14T09:49:20-05:00August 5th, 2019|Categories: eNews, Immunizations, Staying Healthy|

We all need shots (vaccines) to help protect us from serious diseases. This protection is called immunization. To help our community stay safe, DPC Education Center is proudly participating in National Immunization Awareness Month. Shots can prevent serious diseases like the flu, measles, and pneumonia. They can also prevent some infections. This is especially important for people with kidney disease, as they are at a higher risk for getting an infection, which can be fatal. It’s important to know which shots you need and when to get them. Everyone age 6 months and older needs to get a flu vaccine every [...]

A Young Man’s Life-Changing Experience with both Heart and Kidney Disease

2019-06-27T10:42:57-05:00June 28th, 2019|Categories: Diagnosis of Kidney Disease, eNews, Kidney Transplant, Webinar|

Bill Coon became a two-time heart and kidney transplant recipient in his 20s. During the webinar, he will share experiences from his 70-day hospital stay and recovery from a heart and kidney transplant to help others learn how to improve their patient experience. He will also provide insight from his personal experience on what one might expect during post-transplant recovery.

Quick Guide for Receiving Medical Services Not Offered by Medicare

2019-06-26T09:17:23-05:00June 19th, 2019|Categories: Additional Resources, Costs for Treatment, eNews, Fact Sheet|

Thousands of Americans with end-stage renal disease rely on Medicare for their healthcare needs. However, there are some medical services, such as dental, vision and hearing, where Medicare coverage is lacking. If you are on Medicare and need these services, here is a three-page guide that provides free and lower-cost treatment resources. Check out the guide.

Kidney Disease and HIV

2019-06-19T12:29:06-05:00June 13th, 2019|Categories: Early Intervention, eNews, Lifestyle, Physical Health, Sex and Intimacy, What Causes Kidney Disease|

People with HIV are more likely to develop chronic kidney disease. In addition, some HIV medications can affect the kidneys. Getting tested for HIV, understanding your risk, and living a healthy life are steps you can make to better control your health. National HIV Testing Day is June 27, and the DPC Education Center encourages everyone to get tested for HIV. HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is the virus that causes AIDS. The only way to know if you have HIV is to get tested. Many people with HIV don’t have any symptoms. In the United States, 1 in 7 people living with [...]

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