Cypress Continues CKD Awareness – Building During National Kidney Month

Cypress Continues CKD Awareness – Building During National Kidney Month

March is National Kidney Month – and Cypress is taking this opportunity to share the following information as part of its continuing efforts to help raise awareness for its employer-clients regarding the growing problem of CKD (chronic kidney disease). Not only does CKD negatively affect the health of our workers/members, but it also significantly increases health plan costs.

Cypress is finding success in addressing the negative impact on both fronts by offering its Dialysis Claim Management & CKD Management Programs. As reported a year ago, Cypress’s partnership with Renalogic had already resulted in improved health outcomes for members and a savings of millions of dollars. A key factor in these successes is education of both employers/plan managers and members themselves.

In support of our ongoing education efforts, we wanted to let you know that Cypress offers periodic webinars on these programs (email to request more info), and is also making available this guest article from our partner, Renalogic, on the topic of kidney disease, dialysis, and how they can potentially be avoided.

For more information on this and other industry topics or Cypress services, please contact:

Greg Berth
Appleton, WI
(877) 236-0844

Julie Kohanek, RHU
Omaha, NE
(800) 223-5508

Tami Eddie, RHU, REBC
Omaha, NE
(800) 223-5508

Andrew Rozmiarek
Denver, CO
(877) 236-0844

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Renalogic has led the industry since 2002 in cost containment for End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) and dialysis. Now we are changing how employers think about dialysis. Cost savings is important but cost avoidance is better. Contact us today about our Chronic Kidney Disease Management Program.

March is National Kidney Month!

Kidneys are not popular. We exist to change that.

Did you know that kidney disease causes more deaths than breast cancer or prostate cancer? According to the National Kidney Foundation, 1 in 3 Americans are at risk for Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and over 30 million people in the U.S. are affected by it. With these statistics, why aren’t more people talking about kidneys? This is because 90% of those affected don’t even know it and why it’s called the ‘silent’ killer.

Unlike kidney disease, diabetes and high blood pressure are very popular topics. Most people can tell you that a diabetes diagnoses means your blood sugar levels are not good, and they could probably relate the word ‘insulin’ with the treatment for diabetes.

Diabetes and high blood pressure are the top two causes for CKD.

When you have kidney disease and it is left untreated, it becomes worse if a patient’s lifestyle does not change. Changes can include quitting smoking, losing weight, exercising daily and dramatic dietary changes. These are not easy for patients and their need for clinical and emotional support is eminent.

Renalogic Nurse Case Managers often deal with patients who were not aware they had kidney disease until it was almost too late. When a patient has Stage 4 or Stage 5 CKD, there is a strong chance they will need dialysis if their life doesn’t change immediately. Progressing to dialysis is a life-altering event, and not a good one.

Dialysis is a treatment that usually occurs in a dialysis clinic 3-4 times a week, 4-6 hours per treatment. This type of dialysis is called hemodialysis. Wastes and extra fluid from your blood are removed using a dialysis machine that takes your blood out of your body, cleans it, then pumps it back in. Another form of dialysis treatment is peritoneal, which can be done at home. Research has shown that home modalities are a better choice because they are more closely aligned with a patient’s normal kidney function since they are able to dialyze every day, which helps them feel better sooner. To survive, you need to dialyze.

“Dialysis was and still is the most painful thing, physically and emotionally, I’ve had to endure. You are hooked to a machine that feels like a vacuum, occasionally pulling on your insides, pulling you apart. Once hooked up you cannot move or go anywhere beyond the tubing. It’s not something you can do yourself either, you feel vulnerable…eventually you get used to constantly waking up every night because of the pain. I wouldn’t wish it upon anyone to experience dialysis…Hannah (Age 16), Henrico, VA*

CKD is preventable if caught early. Talk to your doctor today about being tested.