What is Renal Dialysis? Why Would I Need Renal Dialysis?

Renal Dialysis
Renal dialysis provides the same function as a nonfunctioning kidney. Renal dialysis, also referred to as hemodialysis, is used to remove wastes from your blood. Physicians typically order dialysis for patients who have lost their kidney function on a temporary or permanent basis. Some conditions that may require dialysis include acute renal failure (also known as kidney failure) and end stage renal disease (ESRD).

How do you choose the best renal dialysis center?

With over 4,900 renal dialysis centers nationwide, choosing the right one can be overwhelming. The key is to research your choices so you find a renal dialysis center that fits your needs and provides quality care. Below is a list of factors to consider when selecting a renal dialysis center:

1. Location: Make sure the renal dialysis center is within a comfortable travel distance.

2. Availability: Hours and days vary from center to center. Try to locate a renal dialysis center that will fit into your schedule.

3. Insurance: Contact the renal dialysis center and verify they accept your insurance.

4. Services: Verify the center offers the service you need.

5. Quality: Does the center and it's staff provide quality care? WhereToFindCare.com has a quality score to help you figure it out.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requires all participating dialysis centers to submit information on Medicare and Medicaid patients. The participating dialysis centers are asked to document several measures. These reported measures can tell you how well dialysis centers provided care for some of their patients.

WhereToFindCare.com simplifies data from CMS into one value, which we call the Medicare quality score. Each dialysis center's Medicare quality score is the percentage of measures that met or exceeded the national average. Sometimes, in some cases, CMS feels a dialysis center did not have enough patients to make a judgment on its quality. In these cases, the Medicare quality scores are not displayed.

You'll find the quality score (when available) on the dialysis center's profile page under the quality scores section. For the Medicare quality score, we also list the details of each measure collected.

6. Recommendations and reviews: Ask your family and friends if they recommend a renal dialysis center (or if they have heard anything about one). Research online. Are reviews favorable? What do current and previous patients say?

How can WhereToFindCare.com help you find the best renal dialysis center?

Use the search tool below to find quality dialysis centers near you.

For each center in the search results, you can see the address, phone number, fax number, photos, description, reviews, services provided, insurance accepted, hours of operation, ratings, and much more.*

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