Informing Patients About Options
The CMS Conditions for Coverage require dialysis clinics to educate people with kidney failure about all of their treatment options and where to get them. Yet, a recent survey by the American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) of dialysis patients reported that one-third of respondents felt "therapies were not equally and fairly presented as treatment options." About the same number said they "were never told about home treatment options."
The "Let's Talk About...Dialysis Options" movie can help. Dialysis staff can use the new movie to start a conversation with patients about the full range of treatment options. The movie can be viewed on a computer or watched on a mobile device and can be found on YouTube at www.youtu.be/LAjgYJxA4CI. The link can also be shared in email. Funding was provided in part by an educational grant from Amgen.
About the Medical Education Institute
Founded in 1993, the non-profit Medical Education Institute (MEI) serves the mission of helping people with chronic disease learn to manage and improve their health. To learn more about the MEI and its programs, including Home Dialysis Central (www.homedialysis.org), Kidney School (www.kidneyschool.org), Life Options (www.lifeoptions.org), and KDQOL COMPLETE (www.kdqol-complete.org), visit www.meiresearch.org.