Welcome to the Chronic Kidney Disease Newsletter. If you are person with chronic kidney disease (CKD) on dialysis or helping care for someone who is, this newsletter was created for you! The content is meant to keep you and/or a family member up to date on the latest information to help you manage your health now or in the near future in consultation with your physician.
In this month’s CKD Insider: CMS Finalizes ESRD Treatment Choices Model, Flu Shot reminder, AKF Action Week Rewind, Fun Tip of the Day & Your Daily Success Reminder
News & Updates
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have finalized the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Treatment Choices (ETC) Model – which you hopefully gave your feedback for via the link in our previous newsletter!
This new model aims to increase the use of home dialysis and kidney transplantation by creating a new payment model that shifts medicare payments from fee for service to value-based care payments. Read the CMS End-Stage Renal Disease Treatment Choices (ETC) Model Fact Sheet here.
Flu Shot time! NKF is reminding everyone the importance of getting the flu shot before the end of October. Read more here.
ICYMI! In case you missed it, the American Kidney Fund Action Week was Sept 14-18th.
See the replay of the presentations and get some new recipe ideas as well here.
Fun Tip of the Day!
Join the NASA Planet Patrol team as they search for new worlds beyond our Solar System!
Participants help sift through Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) images of potential planets by answering a set of questions for each image – Amazingly computers are not as good as the human eye in detecting weak signals from planets. Planet Patrol volunteers are citizen scientists whose help will contribute to scientists’ understanding of how planetary systems form and evolve throughout the universe. Learn more here.
Success Reminder: Positivity Sent Your Way!
Need a reminder of how great you are and how much you succeed everyday? Read Nieltje Gedney's entire post on Home Dialysis Central:
She reminds us all that the words associated with chronic kidney disease often have negative connotations - "kidney failure" for example but you are not a failure in life you are a success!
My favorite part of her blog was the key reminder and is applicable whether you are in home dialyzor or in center dialyzor. "So, I am here to ask each of us to start thinking about our lives in a different way. We are kidney successes—not failures. We are simply normal people who need a dialysis treatment the way cars need their oil changed. Every day we triumph over adversity when we fix an alarm and complete a treatment..." - Nieltje Gedney
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