June 9, 2003 For more information, contact: Janet Perrella-DAlesandro (856) 256-2422 firstname.lastname@example.orgFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE American Nephrology Nurses Association to Educate Legislators on August 15 ESRD Day Congress steers the governments end stage renal disease (ESRD) Medicare policies. To boost lawmakers understanding, nurses are inviting them to visit dialysis units in their home districts. PITMAN, NJ As part of a continuing effort to educate legislators and their staff members about the needs of patients with end stage renal disease (ESRD), the American Nephrology Nurses’ Association (ANNA) has designated August 15 as national ESRD Education Day. Dialysis is a critical service that the legislators’ constituents receive as Medicare beneficiaries under the government’s ESRD reimbursement program. Congressional delegations are now being invited by ANNA representatives across the country to visit local dialysis units. During the tours, nurses will describe daily operations of the unit, outline the role of nurses and technicians, discuss kidney disease and treatment, and provide information regarding the number of dialysis units and number of patients served in the legislators districts. "ESRD Day will orient Senators, Representatives, and their staff members to a fully-functioning dialysis unit," said ANNA President Caroline S. Counts. "They will be more tuned in to what these patients experience, and that will help them make better decisions regarding Medicare reimbursement." To supplement the tour, legislators will also receive ANNAs ESRD Briefing Book for State and Federal Policymakers. The booklet presents in lay terms the basics of ESRD and includes information on underlying conditions such as diabetes and hypertension. Statistics on incidence and treatment costs are also presented. For more information on ESRD Day or to download the ESRD booklet, visit ANNAs Web site, www.annanurse.org ### ANNA is a professional nursing association comprised of more than 12,000 nephrology nurses. The association is dedicated to advancing nephrology nursing practice and positively influencing outcomes for patients with kidney or other disease processes requiring replacement therapies through advocacy, scholarship, and excellence.