Patient Education Resources

Patients have limited awareness and knowledge about their diagnosis and risk factors. Looking for handouts to reinforce patient education? Click on the links below to access many useful patient education resources.

Online Resources

  • American Association of Kidney Patients – AAKP provides educational information, newsletters, videos, and magazines about chronic kidney disease (CKD). Links to support groups, events, and recipes also are included.
  • American Nephrology Nurses' Association Fact Sheets
  • Kidney School™ – Kidney School™ is a free educational program for patients with CKD stages 3-5. It has several modules (available in English and Spanish) that patients can view online, download an audio version, or print. Professional resources are also available (licensing agreement available online).
  • National Kidney Disease Education Program – This page on the NKDEP website provides information and videos for patients.
  • National Kidney Foundation – This patient information center on the NKF website provides links for peer support, dietary coaching, and education for patients and their families
  • NKF Kidney Quiz - This 10 question interactive quiz provides basic information about CKD and upon completion links the patient to an educational handout about risk of developing CKD.

Educational Handouts

  • American Kidney Fund – This resource provides a variety of brochures and treatment option fact sheets. It also includes information for children in the form of an activity booklet [PDF].
  • National Kidney Disease Education Program – This page on the NKDEP website provides numerous handouts for patients about CKD, diet, understanding test results, hypertension, risk factors and much more. (Available in English, Vietnamese, Spanish, Chinese, and French.)

Educational Handouts ~ Specific Topic Areas

Patient Education ~ Reimbursement for CKD Stage 4

Kidney disease education is a covered service from Medicare Part B for patients with stage 4 CKD. Education should focus on managing comorbid conditions to delay the progression of needing dialysis, preventing complications, and learning about options for renal replacement therapy. The education should be tailored to meet the needs of the individual patient. Documentation measuring the patient’s knowledge and understanding of the material must be available to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) if requested. This benefit provides no more than 6 sessions in the patient’s lifetime; sessions are billed by the hour (a session must be at least 31 minutes long to be billed as 1 hour); sessions are to be held individually or in a group of 2-20; and only a physician, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, or clinical nurse specialist can provide the education. (Special rules are in place for rural areas). Click here for more information.

The procedure codes are G0420 (individual, face-to-face sessions, per hour) and G0421 (face-to-face group sessions, per 1 hour) and must be billed along with ICD 9 code of 585.4

Health Literacy Considerations

A patient’s health literacy level should be considered when providing patient education. The readability of some educational material may be at a higher level than the patient is able to understand. Below is a list of resources that may be useful when trying to determine a patient’s health literacy level.

(Compiled by ANNA's Advanced Practice Specialty Practice Network ~ 7/15)