The following web sites contain helpful information regarding kidney disease and its related diseases.
National Kidney Foundation
By far the most comprehensive web site for kidney disease information.
Tips for choosing a dialysis provider
Choosing a dialysis clinic is an important decision. If you are a new patient, traveling, or simply looking to transfer to a new facility, this decision can seem overwhelming. You will need to consider many factors, including the location, distance from your home, schedule, quality-of-care, and much more. Click here for some tips to help you choose a facility that is right for you.
The Dialysis Facility Compare (DFC) Star Program is a rating system developed by Medicare that designs 1 to 5 stars to dialysis facilities by comparing the health of the patients in their clinics to the patients in other dialysis facilities across the country. It is intended to help you find and compare dialysis facilities in your local area.
There are many ways to evaluate the quality of care provided by a dialysis center. The “DFC Star Program” is one resource. It can provide you with a simple “snapshot” of a facility, which may help you make a few useful comparisons. Making a final judgement about the quality of care offered by a facility is a complex process that should be done carefully. We recommend that you use more than one resource to make that decision. Click here for more information :
Healthcare Education Coalition
The Louisiana Healthcare Education Coalition (LHEC) was founded to help Louisianians better understand the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). As a civic organization committed to providing unbiased healthcare and wellness information, LHEC will educate on the major drivers of healthcare costs, the critical importance of personal wellness and the need for access to quality healthcare by working with healthcare providers, small businesses, faith-based institutions, employers, community leaders, patient advocacy groups and the public. LHEC exists solely as an educational resource. it neither endorses nor seeks to create public policy.
The mission statement of the cyberNephrologyTM Project is to consolidate the ever-increasing resources and technologies available on the Internet, to provide the greatest possible access to the most current medical information, to ensure the best in professional education and to improve the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by kidney and urinary tract diseases.
End Stage Renal Disease Networks
The ESRD Networks provide a cost effective mechanism to ensure the most efficient use of Medicare dollars for dialysis treatment and kidney transplantation through monitoring quality of care indicators and maintaining timely, complete data on the ESRD program.
The Nephron Information Center
Nephrons are the cells in your kidney. The Nephron Information Center is a dynamic site designed as a tool to help the public, the patient and the physician advance their knowledge and better understand kidney disease.
American Diabetes Association
The American Diabetes Association is the nation’s leading nonprofit health organization providing diabetes research, information and advocacy.
American Heart Association
Information regarding high blood pressure and heart disease, and its effects on your kidneys.
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases conducts and supports research on many of the most serious diseases affecting public health. In addition, they are a great source of information for the general public and health professionals.
National Kidney Disease Education Program
NKDEP is a program of the National Institutes of Health to reduce the deaths and disabilities from kidney disease and its complications.
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National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana