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New Patient Orientation Packet

New End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) patients receive an information packet in the mail from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) which is distributed by the ESRD National Coordinating Center.

The mailing contains resources to help new dialysis and transplant patients manage their care and understand the benefits available to them.

The materials also are available on this website for download.  Most are available in Spanish as well as English.


In English:

Cover Letter
Medicare Coverage of Kidney Dialysis and Kidney Transplant Services a booklet from CMS describing Medicare services for ESRD patients
Preparing For Emergencies
You Can Live


A cover letter from Medicare describing the content of the mailing: A letter from the patient’s Network Executive Director.
Medicare Coverage of Kidney Dialysis and Kidney Transplant Services: a booklet from CMS describing Medicare services for ESRD patients.
Preparing for Emergencies: A Guide for People on Dialysis, a booklet from CMS to help dialysis patients cope with emergencies that affect their treatment.
You Can Live, a guide for living with kidney failure including making treatments better and living a healthier lifestyle, from CMS.


National Kidney Foundation Postcard
Dialysis Facility Compare
Vascular Access
Medicare for Children with ESRD

National Kidney Foundation Postcard to join the organization and receive free information.
Dialysis Facility Compare, which explains how to use the CMS online Dialysis Facility Compare tool to find a dialysis center that meets your specific needs
Vascular Access, a flyer explaining the different means of accessing your blood for hemodialysis and the advantages and disadvantages of each, from Fistula First.
Medicare for Children with ESRD, a brochure from CMS explaining services for children with permanent kidney failure.

*Not a resource included in the packet, but has been made available for reference for pediatric patients.