Network 15 provides services to help ensure transplant and end stage renal disease (ESRD) patients are receiving the best care possible. We do this by:
- Working with dialysis and transplant facilities to improve the quality of care
- Investigating patient grievances
- Providing patient and provider education
- And more!
We encourage you and your family to learn more about ESRD and ways that you can become involved in your treatment by looking at topics on this website. Equally important, we urge you to talk to your care team (physicians, nurses, social workers, dietitians, and technicians) and get involved in the decision-making process so that you will find your own best approach to treatment.
Advanced Care Planning
This brochure will provide details on how to have control over your healthcare in the event that you cannot speak for yourself.
This website is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end of life care.
The Network is looking for patients to help improve the quality of care for ESRD patients. This document provides more information about how to volunteer.
Patients who are interested in volunteering with the Network as a PAC SME should complete this form and return it to the Network.
Find and Compare Facilities
Dialysis Facility Compare (DFC) is a service of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). DFC helps you find detailed information about Medicare-certified facilities, compare the services and the quality of care that facilities provide, get other resources for patients and family members who want to learn more about chronic kidney disease and dialysis, and get links to learn more about how Medicare covers people with ESRD.
This website helps people who need dialysis find facilities near where they live or work.
Patient Rights and Responsibilities
Do you know your responsibilities as a patient? This poster reviews important patient responsibilities for ESRD patients to know and understand.
Do you know your responsibilities as a patient? This Spanish language poster reviews important patient responsibilities for ESRD patients to know and understand.
This official U.S. government website provides information in multiple languages.
Medicare offers prescription drug coverage for everyone with Medicare. The coverage is called "Part D." To get Medicare drug coverage, you must join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan.
Patient and Family Engagement
Created by the Center for Advancing Health (CFAH). Used with permission.
This resource was created by patients for patients, with the goals of:
• Getting more patients engaged in their dialysis Plans of Care (POC).
• Encouraging dialysis facilities to hold POC meetings with patients.
• Inspiring patients to attend their POC meetings.
Nutrition and Diet
Kidneys are instrumental in removing excess water in the body, so the right balance of liquids is important to your kidney diet. Read these resources for more information.
Anemia is very common in kidney patients. If left untreated, it can lead to loss of energy, headaches, trouble sleeping, dizziness, shortness of breath, lack of appetite, and a rapid heart rate. This fact sheet provides valuable information for dialysis patients.
Ticket to Work is a free and voluntary program that can help Social Security beneficiaries go to work, get a good job that may lead to a career, and become financially independent, all while they keep their Medicare or Medicaid. Individuals who receive Social Security benefits because of a disability and are age 18 through 64 probably already qualify for the program.
This guide helps people with disabilities plan for attending college.
This Spanish language guide provides information about what kidney patients need to know to stay healthy with a fistula.
This guide provides information about what kidney patients need to know to stay healthy with a fistula.
This brochure provides information about how hand hygiene can saves lives.
This protocol outlines a suggested approach to preparing catheter hubs prior to accessing the catheter for hemodialysis. It is based on evidence where available and incorporates theoretical rationale when published evidence is unavailable.
This June newsletter highlights the importance of vocational rehabilitation, how to really prepare for an emergency, the benefits of nocturnal hemodialysis, and more.
This April newsletter highlights what to do if you have problems with your vascular access after clinic hours, how to protect yourself from an IVD/IVT, what you need to know about the ICH-CAHPS, and more.
Tools for Dealing with Depression
The Forum of End State Renal Disease (ESRD) Network’s Kidney Patient Advisory Council (KPAC) has developed the Dialysis Depression Toolkit to help patients who feel they may be experiencing depression. This toolkit was designed BY patients and FOR patients and with contributions by professional collaborators. the Toolkit helps to explain depression and provides information on how to find help.
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