September 15, 2004
Contact: Janet D'Alesandro • (856) 256-2422
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nephrology Nurses Educate
Lawmakers During National ‘ESRD Day’
Congress steers the government’s end stage renal disease (ESRD) Medicare policies. To boost lawmakers’ understanding, the American Nephrology Nurses’ Association (ANNA) invited them to visit dialysis units in their home districts.
– Congressional delegations across the
country have been visiting their local dialysis units recently as part
American Nephrology Nurses’ Association (ANNA) national “ESRD Education
designated August 13, 2004 as the official “ESRD
Day” for visits, however lawmakers are visiting units through October
the end of the year as their schedules allow. As of mid-September, 97
of Congress and state legislators and/or their aides have been educated
ESRD by ANNA members in 30 states.
is a lifesaving treatment that the
legislators’ constituents receive as Medicare beneficiaries under the
government’s end stage renal disease (ESRD) reimbursement program.
is part of a continuing effort to educate
legislators and their staff members about the needs of patients with
according to Kathy Kuchta, BSN, RN, 2004 project coordinator. During
this year, which was the second year ANNA sponsored the event, Kuchta
legislators received information about the ESRD Modernization Act (S.
H.R. 4927) and were asked to support these bills. The lawmakers were
to support the Nurse Reinvestment Act.
their visits, lawmakers met with dialysis
constituents and members of the health care team in each facility.
daily operations, outlined the role of nurses and technicians,
disease and treatment, and provided information regarding the number of
dialysis units and number of patients served in the legislators’
also received ANNA’s ESRD Briefing Book for State and Federal
Policymakers (available to the public at www.annanurse.org).
The booklet presents in lay terms the basics of ESRD and includes
on underlying conditions such as diabetes and hypertension. Statistics
incidence and treatment costs are also presented.
For more information on ESRD Day or to download the ESRD booklet, visit ANNA’s Web site, www.annanurse.org.