Does Medicare Cover Dialysis?
Dialysis is a form of treatment that uses a machine to do the work of kidney. The treatment helps to clear wastes and extra fluid from the body when the kidneys are diseased or damaged.
Medicare covers the same type of dialysis for people with Medicare Part A or B. The coverage is limited to the following dialysis treatments:
• Daily hemodialysis
• Daily peritoneal dialysis
• Three times a week hemodialysis
• Three times a week peritoneal dialysis
Medicare Part D does not cover the cost of the treatment. However, if you have a Medicare Advantage Plan that covers Medicare Part D, you may be able to get covered for the cost of the treatment.
How do I get insured for these Medicare Dialysis services?
Applying for Medicare is a very simple process. You can apply by simply calling Social Security and asking to apply for Medicare. The process should take only a few minutes and you should be able to sign up the same day.
Is there any other dialysis coverage my state offers?
Yes. Some states offer their own coverage for dialysis services. The coverage varies from state to state and the program may require a condition to get coverage. You can ask your local Medicaid office for more information about the program and its coverage.
What is kidney disease?
Kidney disease is a condition in which the kidneys lose their ability to remove waste and extra fluid from the body. The kidneys are two bean-shaped organs located one on each side of the spine, just below the rib cage. The kidneys help to regulate the amount of water, salts and waste in the blood. They do this by removing extra fluid and waste from the blood and then passing it on to the bladder to be eliminated from the body through the urine.
There are two main types of kidney disease: Acute kidney disease and chronic kidney disease. Acute kidney disease is a sudden or a fast-moving kidney disease that lasts for a short time. Chronic kidney disease is a long-term condition that slowly progresses over time.
How can I prevent kidney disease?
There are a few things that you can do to keep your kidneys healthy. Some of these tips include:
• Drinking plenty of water
• Avoiding all alcohol
• Eating a healthy diet
• Getting enough exercise
What are the symptoms of kidney disease?
Early symptoms of kidney disease are often mild and do not cause any problems. As kidney disease progresses, symptoms can get worse. If you have two or more of the following symptoms, you should see your doctor immediately:
• Unexplained weight loss
• Unexplained swelling
• Unexplained need to urinate more often than usual or at night
• Unexplained nausea, vomiting, or appetite loss
• Sudden trouble breathing or shortness of breath
What are the stages of kidney disease?
There are three stages of kidney disease. The stages are based on the levels of blood tests called creatinine.
Stage one of kidney disease is called chronic kidney disease, which is when the kidneys lose some of their ability to filter wastes and extra fluid from the blood. The blood level of creatinine is between 1.5 and 3.9.
Stage two of kidney disease is called end-stage renal disease. The kidneys are no longer able to filter wastes and extra fluids from the blood. The blood level of creatinine is more than 3.9. This stage is also called kidney failure.
Stage three is called kidney failure stage three. In this stage, the kidneys are no longer able to filter wastes and extra fluids from the blood. The blood level of creatinine is more than 20.
How is kidney disease treated?
The two main treatment options for kidney disease are dialysis and kidney transplant. Dialysis uses a machine to remove wastes and extra fluid from the blood when your kidneys are not working. Dialysis can be done on a continuous basis through an ambulatory machine or on a partial basis through a hospital.
Medicare covers the following types of dialysis for people with Medicare Part A or B. The coverage is limited to the following dialysis treatments:
Kidney transplant is a surgical procedure in which a healthy kidney is placed in the body of a person with kidney disease. It is the preferred treatment for people with kidney failure.
Medicare does not cover the cost of kidney transplant. However, if you have a Medicare Advantage Plan that covers Medicare Part D, you may be able to get covered for the cost of the transplant.
Medicare Part A covers kidney transplant for people who have end-stage renal disease.
Medicare Part B does not cover kidney transplant.
How do I get insured for these Medicare services?
Is there any other transplant coverage my state offers?
Yes. Some states offer their own coverage for transplant services. The coverage varies from state to state and the program may