The pre-dialysis education benefit is good for your patients and reimburses you for your time

Legislation established a Medicare benefit for pre-dialysis education regarding modality choices.1 You can bill Medicare for face-to-face, pre-End-Stage Renal Disease education sessions. Patients in Stage 4 of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) also qualify.

Patients that are informed about their options can make choices that better fit their own needs and can work more effectively in partnerships with their care teams. Both transplantation and survival rates increase in proportion to a new patient's involvement in decisions relating to their care.2

Who can administer the sessions?

Physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants or clinical nurse specialists can conduct the sessions.

What type of information is covered?

The content of the sessions must include information on prolonging kidney function, as well as treatment options—In-center Hemodialysis, Peritoneal Dialysis, Home Hemodialysis and transplant. Comprehensive information regarding options for renal replacement therapy, management of co-morbidities and prevention of uremic complications are to be included.

Baxter can help

Baxter has resources available to help you determine infrastructure and staffing models, as well as to help train your staff on patient education techniques. In addition, a broad portfolio of educational resources can be ordered in a variety of media.

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1 Payment Policies under the Physician Fee Schedule and other Revisions to Part B for CY 2010, 42 CFR Part 410, 411, 414, 415, 485, 498 [CMS-1413-FC]; Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
2 Stack, Austin G, Martin, David R, et al. Association of Patient Autonomy with Increased Transplantation and Survival Among New Dialysis Patients in the United States. Am J Kidney Dis. 2005;45:

A Medicare benefit, CMS reimbures for pre-dialysis education.