Medicare Based on End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD)
Individuals are eligible for premium-free Part A if they receive regular dialysis treatments or a kidney transplant, have filed an application for Medicare, and meet 1 of the following conditions:
- Have worked the required amount of time under Social Security, the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB), or as a government employee; or
- Are getting or are eligible for Social Security or RRB benefits; or
- Are the spouse or dependent child of a person who has worked the required amount of time under Social Security, the RRB, or as a government employee; or are getting Social Security or RRB benefits.
Part A Hospital coverage begins:
- The 3rd month after the month in which a regular course of dialysis begins; or
- The first month a regular course of dialysis begins if the individual engages in self-dialysis training; or
- The month of kidney transplant; or
- Two months prior to the month of transplant if the individual was hospitalized during those months in preparation for the transplant. (CMS) * Publication 10128 Page 6 *
- If you have a Medi Gap plan before you are diagnosed with ESRD, you can keep it.
- There is also a guaranteed issue opportunity when you turn 65, Medicare Publication Kidney Dialysis & Transplant Services # 10128. page 42.
- If you are not in a guaranteed issue period, here’s the underwriting questions, so forget it.
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How costly is kidney failure treatment?
Kidney failure treatment—hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, and kidney transplantation—is costly, and most people need financial help. The average cost to Medicare per person in 2011 was1
- almost $88,000 for hemodialysis, a treatment for kidney failure that filters blood outside the body
- more than $71,000 for peritoneal dialysis, a treatment for kidney failure that uses the lining of a person’s abdominal cavity as a filter
- almost $33,000 for a transplant, surgery to place a healthy kidney from someone who has just died or a living donor, usually a family member, into a person’s body nih.gov *
Dialysis is used during end-stage kidney failure to replace the functions of the kidneys — including waste removal and regulation of blood levels of potassium and sodium.
- Dialysis is covered by health insurance.
- For patients covered by health insurance, out-of-pocket costs typically include the deductible, and coinsurance for the treatment cost.
- For example, with Medicare, a patient, once the deductible of about $150 is met, typically would pay coinsurance of 20%; but many Medicare patients also have secondary insurance to cover all or part of that cost.
- A study published in Health Affairs showed that the average U.S. patient pays $114 for dialysis-related drug costs and about $10 in dialysis costs per month. health.costhelper.com/dialysis.html *
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LIPITOR can cause serious side effects
These side effects have happened only to a small number of people. Your doctor can monitor you for them. These side effects usually go away if your dose is lowered or if LIPITOR is stopped. These serious side effects include:
- Muscle problems. LIPITOR can cause serious muscle problems that can lead to kidney problems, including kidney failure. You have a higher chance for muscle problems if you are taking certain other medicines with LIPITOR.
- Liver problems. Your doctor should do blood tests to check your liver before you start taking LIPITOR and if you have symptoms of liver problems while you take LIPITOR. Call your doctor right away if you have the following symptoms of liver problems:
- Feel tired or weak
- Loss of appetite
- Upper belly pain
- Dark, amber-colored urine
- Yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes
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Signs of kidney injury could include dark urine, difficulty urinating or less frequent urination. “If you are on a higher dose of a statin and there is any issue with urination, call your doctor,” Steinbaum said. “Instead of a high-dose statin, we can use a lower-dose statin along with another type of cholesterol-lowering medication.”
Whatever you do, Mehta added, “do not stop taking statins abruptly. Have a conversation with your doctor to discuss your benefits and risks, and ask if your kidney function has been tested.” Read the whole article==> Web MD
Resources & Links
ESRD Info on Medicare Website
Medicare Publication #10128 End Stage Renal – 60 Pages – More than you ever wanted to know
Medicare Info for Children with End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) From CMS.Gov
- ESRD – General Information
- Clinical Performance Measures (CPM) Project
- End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Quality Improvement Initiative
- ESRD Network Organizations
- What causes kidney failure?
- Treatment of kidney failure
- New to dialysis
- Adjusting to kidney failure
- Complications of kidney failure
- Disaster preparedness
- Kidney failure/ESRD diet
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