Welcome to the New ESRD Patient Orientation Packet (NEPOP) Materials

Hello, and thank you for coming to this site. As a new ESRD patient, you will have questions about dialysis, what it means for you, and how you can take care of yourself. The items on this page will help you better understand what ESRD is. This page lists the information that is in the New ESRD Patient Orientation Packet, or the NEPOP for short. Click any of the links on this page to view PDF files. If you have any questions at all, please send us an email at NCCInfo@hsag.com, and the ESRD NCC will be happy to answer your questions for you.

The NEPOP Cover Letter

A cover letter in both English and Spanish that explains the contents of the New ESRD Patient Orientation Packet (NEPOP).
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NEPOP Cover Letter - English
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NEPOP Cover Letter - Spanish

Dialysis Facility Compare Brochure

This brochure describes Medicare’s Dialysis Facility Compare website, which offers a guide to Medicare-certified facilities.

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Dialysis Facility Compare - English
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Dialysis Facility Compare - Spanish

National Kidney Foundation (NKF): People Like Us

This postcard describes some of the ways that the NKF can help you cope with your illness.

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National Kidney Foundation Postcard - English
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National Kidney Foundation Postcard - Spanish

Medicare Coverage of Kidney Dialysis and Kidney Transplant Services

This booklet tells you how Medicare helps to pay for dialysis and kidney transplants. It also has phone numbers you can call for more information.

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Medicare Coverage of Kidney Dialysis and Kidney Transplant Services - English
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Medicare Coverage of Kidney Dialysis and Kidney Transplant Services - Spanish

Medicare for Children with ESRD

A brochure from CMS explaining services for children with permanent kidney failure. Please note, this resource is not included in the mailing, but has been made available online as a reference for families with pediatric patients.

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Medicare for Children with ESRD

Preparing for Emergencies: A Guide for Patients on Dialysis

This guide gives you facts about what to do in case of a hurricane, flood, or other emergency.

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Preparing for Emergencies a Guide for People on Dialysis - English
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Preparing for Emergencies a Guide for People on Dialysis - Spanish

Vascular Access is a Hemodialysis Patient’s Lifeline

Hemodialysis cleans your blood through a vascular access which can be a fistula, graft or catheter. If you and your kidney care team determine that hemodialysis is the right choice for you, one of these will be your LIFELINE to treatment!

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Vascular Access - English
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Vascular Access - Spanish

You Can Live: Your Guide for Living with Kidney Failure

CMS provides “You Can Live,” a guide for living with kidney failure. The guide includes information on improving your treatments and living a healthier lifestyle. It is available in English and Spanish.
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You Can Live - English
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You Can Live - Spanish

AAKP ESRD Information Card

AAKP promotes education and encourages conversations that help improve the everyday lives of patients. The card also features a nutritious kidney-friendly recipe. It is available in English and Spanish.

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AAKP ESRD Network Information Card - English
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AAKP ESRD Network Information Card - Spanish