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Network Consumer News

For Northwest Renal Network Patients, Family & Friends


In December 2007, in collaboration with its Patient Advisory Committee, the Network inaugurated a new format and philosophy for its newsletter for patients, family, and friends, Network Consumer News.   Below is a list of issues, in both two-page and big-print (four-page) formats.   If you see anything you like or dislike about the new format or content, please fill out our Feedback Form and mail or fax it to the Network.
You may need Adobe Reader to read many of the documents on this page, but you can download a free copy at http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html.
See also our separate index of the Puzzles and Solutions that have been included with Network Consumer News.
The November 2014 issue is on

Network 16 Volunteer Spotlight.
and includes articles on the Wearable Artificial Kidney, "Did You Know that Each Dialysis Clinic Gets a Report Card?" and Self-Care Dialysis, as well as a feedback form and a word search puzzle.

It's available in 2-page format at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCN8.3/NCN1114.pdf
and a large-print (4-page) version at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCN8.NCN8.3/NCN1114Big.pdf.

We also have a Spanish edition,
RED Novedades para el consumidor: Voluntario Destacado de la Red 16
at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCN8.NCN8.3/NCN1114Esp.pdf

With this issue we include:

A https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCN8.3/NCN1114TellUs.pdf and

A word search puzzle at
https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCN8.3/NCN1114WS.pdf.
The solution to the puzzle can be found at
https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCNP.htm.

The June 2014 issue is on

Body Image, Palliative Care, and Vocational Rehabilitation.
and includes a copy of The Role of the Network in Handling Grievances, and a word search puzzle.

It's available in 2-page format at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCN8.2/NCN0614.pdf
and a large-print (4-page) version at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCN8.2/NCN0614Big.pdf.

We also have a Spanish edition,
Novedades para el consumidor de la Red
at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCN8.2/NCN0614Esp.pdf

With this issue we include:

A copy of The Role of the Network in Handling Grievances,
in English https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCN8.2/NWRoleEng.pdf
and Spanish https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCN8.2/NWRoleEsp.pdf

A word search puzzle at
https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCN8.1/NCN0614WS.pdf.
The solution to the puzzle can be found at
https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCNP.htm.

The March 2014 issue is on

The Network's New Executive Director
The Network's New Patient Education Resource Library
A New Decision Aid to Match Dialysis Options with Lifestyle
Finding a Dialysis Facility that Offers Home Training
.
and includes a copy of the Resource Library Checklist and instructions, and a word search puzzle.

It's available in 2-page format at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCN8.1/NCN0314.pdf
and a large-print (4-page) version at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCN8.1/NCN0314Big.pdf.

With this issue we include:

A copy of the Resource Library Index or Patient Education Checklist, called Things I Want to Know More about, at
https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCN8.1/RLIndex.pdf and
A copy of the instructions for using it at
https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCN8.1/RLInstr.pdf.
There's a "do-it-yourself" copy of the Library at
https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/QI/LAN/PtChecklist.htm.

A word search puzzle at
https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCN8.1/Search0314.pdf.
The solution to the puzzle can be found at
https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCNP.htm.

The October 2013 issue is on

Time to Check Your Facility's Report Card.
and includes a summary of CMS's Performance Score Card, notes on Medicare Part D open enrollment, the Affordable Care Act, and New ESRD technologies under development, as well as a word search puzzle.

It's available in 2-page format at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCN7.3/ReportCd1013.pdf and a large-print (4-page) version at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCN7.3/ReportCd1013Big.pdf.

With this issue we include a word search puzzle at
https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCN7.3/Search1013.pdf.
The solution can be found at
https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCNP.htm.

The July 2013 issue is on

The Caretaker, The Therapist, and Me.
and includes a summary of CMS's Dialysis Facility Compare, a flyer/poster announcing our July 9, 2013 conference call for patients on Home Dialysis, a feedback form, and a word search puzzle on Burnout.

It's available in 2-page format at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCN7.2/Caretaker0713.pdf and a large-print (4-page) version at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCN7.2/Caretaker0713Big.pdf.

With this issue we include:

A flyer on our July 9, 2013 Conference Call for Patients on Home Modalities, at
https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCN7.2/Home0713.pdf.

A feedback form, Tell Us What You Think, at
https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCN7.2/Tellus.pdf.

A word search puzzle on Burnout, at
https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCN7.2/WSBurnout0713.pdf.
The solution can be found at
https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCNP.htm.

The April 2013 issue is on

The Transplant Process and Going Back to Work.
and includes a copy of the Network's Grievance Process, and a word search puzzle on Transplant and Working.

It's available in 2-page format at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCN7.1/Transplant0413.pdf and a large-print (4-page) version at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCN7.1/Transplant0413Big.pdf.

With this issue we include:

A copy of the Network's Grievance Process, at
https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCN7.1/NWRole2013.pdf.

A word search puzzle on Transplant and Working, at
https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCN7.1/WSTran0413.pdf.
The solution can be found at
https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCNP.htm.

The December 2012 issue is on

Dialysis - You Have Options.
and includes a flyer on vocational rehabilitation, an appeal for Patient Advisory Committee volunteers, and a word search puzzle on Dialysis Options.

It's available in 2-page format at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCN6.2/NCN6.2.pdf and a large-print (4-page) version at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCN6.2/NCN6.2Big.pdf.

With this issue we include:

A poster/flyer on Vocational Rehabilitation, at
https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/M/VR1212.pdf.

A request for volunteer for the Network Patient Advisory Committee, at
https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCN6.2/PAC.pdf.

A word search puzzle on Life Is All About Options, at
https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCN6.2/WSOptions.pdf.
The solution can be found at
https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCNP.htm.

The September 2012 issue is on

Earthquakes, Wildfires and Floods! - Oh My!.
and includes an emergency preparedness self-assessment, and tips for surviving a disaster.

It's available in 2-page format at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCN6.1/v6.1.pdf and a large-print (4-page) version at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCN6.1/v6.1Big.pdf.

With this issue we include:

A form for requesting copies of free educational material from the Network, at
https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCNv5.1/FreeEdMat.pdf.

A word search puzzle on Earthquakes, Wildfires and Floods! - Oh My!, at
https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCN6.1/PuzDisaster.pdf.
The solution can be found at
https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCNP.htm.

The April 2012 issue is on

PAC Member Spotlight: Hold On To Your Dreams.
and includes important notes on the Patient Advisory Committee and Advances in Treatment, including anemia management, paired donations, and nocturnal dialysis.

It's available in 2-page format at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCN5.3/v5.3.pdf and a large-print (4-page) version at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCN5.3/v5.3Big.pdf.

With this issue we include:

A flyer inviting you to join the Patient Advisory Committee, at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCN5.3/PAC.pdf.

A handout on Fast Food Tips for Healthly Living, at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCN5.3/FastFood.pdf.

The Role of the Network in Handling Complaints and Grievances, with State Survey Agency contacts, at
https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/G/ComplaintsGrievances.htm.

A word search puzzle on Hold Tight to Your Dream, at
https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCN5.3/Dream.pdf.
The solution can be found at
https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCNP.htm.

The December 2011 issue is on

Employment: The Best Is Yet to Come.
and includes important notes on Vascular Access, Conflict Resolution, and
How the Network Can Help You Navigate Your Journey with Kidney Disease.

It's available in 2-page format at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCN5.2/v5.2.pdf and a large-print (4-page) version at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCN5.2/v5.2Big.pdf.

With this issue we include:

A Feedback Form, at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCN5.2/TellUs.pdf.

A word search puzzle on rehabilitation, at
https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCN5.2/TheBestPuzzle.pdf.
The solution can be found at
https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCNP.htm.

The September 2011 issue is on

Dialysis Adequacy:
Won't You Stay Just a Little Bit Longer and What a Difference a Day Makes
.

It's available in 2-page format at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCNv5.1/NCNv5.1.pdf and a large-print (4-page) version at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCNv5.1/NCNv5.1Big.pdf.

With this issue we include:

A poster on Anatomy of a First Aid Kit and National Emergency Preparedness Month, at
https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCNv5.1/1stAid.pdf.

A flyer on the National Kidney Foundation's national telephone-based peer support program, at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCNv5.1/PeersMentor.pdf.

A form for requesting copies of free educational material from the Network, at
https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCNv5.1/FreeEdMat.pdf.

A word search puzzle on dialysis adequacy, at
https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCNv5.1/Stay.pdf.
The solution can be found at
https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCNP.htm.

The May 2011 issue is on

A Transplant Success Story, Treatment Options, Fluid and Dialysis, Medicare Part D, the Buttonhole Technique, and Self-Care Dialysis.

It's available in 4-page format at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCNv4.3.pdf and a large-print (8-page) version at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCNv4.3Big.pdf.

With this issue we include flyers on:

Seeking Candidates for the Network Patient Advisory Committee, at
https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/N/PACVacancy2011.pdf.

The 2011 AAKP National Convention in Arkansas August 26-28, at
https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/N/AAKP2011.pdf.

The Role of the Network in Handling Complaints and Grievances, with State Survey Agency contacts, at
https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/G/ComplaintsGrievances.htm.

A word search puzzle on transplant, at
https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCNv4.3/WSTransplant.pdf.
The solution can be found at
https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCNP.htm.

The January 2011 issue is on

Changes to Dialysis Payments.

It's available in 2-page format at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCNv4.2.pdf and a large-print (4-page) version at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCNv4.2Big.pdf.

With this issue we include:

A guide for patients on working with your local Vocational Rehabilitation office, at
https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCN4.2/VRGuide.pdf.

A handout on The Importance of Washing Your Access at
https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCN4.2/WashAccess.pdf.

A word search puzzle, which you can find at
https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCN4.2/WSDisaster.pdf.   The solution can be found at
https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCNP.htm.

A form for patients to provide feedback to the Network, at
https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCN4.2/TellUs.pdf.

The August 2010 issue is on

Keys to Coping with Your Concerns.

It's available in 2-page format at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCNv4.1.pdf and a large-print (4-page) version at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCNv4.1Big.pdf.

With this issue we include:

A packet of information on National Emergency Preparedness Education Week for Kidney Patients (see https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/news_bulletins10C.htm#emer9d

A form on How to Get Free Educational Material at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCN3.4/FreeEdMats34.pdf.   A Spanish version is available at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/gratuitos.pdf.

A flyer on the Portland NKF Patient & Care Partner Educational Symposium on September 19 at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/N/NKFEd0910.pdf.

A word search puzzle, which you can find at
https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/CopePuzzle.pdf.   The solution can be found at
https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCNP.htm.

The March 2010 issue is on

Remaining Active with Kidney Disease.

It's available in 2-page format at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCNv3.4.pdf and a large-print (4-page) version at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCNv3.4Big.pdf.

With this issue we include:

A "Tell Us What You Think" feedback form at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/TellUs.pdf.

How to get Free Educational Material at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCN3.4/FreeEdMats34.pdf (English) and https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/gratuitos.pdf (Spanish).

A "Wise Up" fact sheet on flu, pneumonia, hepatitis B, and H1N1, along with a Checklist for Immunizations, and a flyer on Infection Control in the Dialysis Unit, at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCN3.4/WiseUp.pdf.

A flyer on Hemodialysis Vascular Access at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCN3.4/FFBIVA.pdf.

An Introduction for Patients and Families to End-of-Life Care at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCN3.4/EOLIntro.pdf.

The December 2009 issue is on

Why Can't Patients Cover Their Access Arm with a Sheet or Blanket?.

It's available in 2-page format at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCNv3.3.pdf and a large-print (4-page) version at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCNv3.3Big.pdf.

With this issue we include an update of our flyer on The Role of Northwest Renal Network in Handling Complaints and Grievances, in both English (https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/G/NetworkRole.pdf) and Spanish (https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/G/QuejasProtestas.pdf).

We also included another word search puzzle, which you can find at
https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/SeePuzzle.pdf.   The solution can be found at
https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCNP.htm.

The October 2009 issue is on

Dialysis and Your (Health-Related) Quality of Life.

It's available in 2-page format at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCNv3.2.pdf and a large-print (4-page) version at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCNv3.2Big.pdf.

With this issue we include an update of our flyer on Helpful Things to Know (https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/Helpful.pdf), which covers Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage, the Network Patient Advisory Committee, fistulas and other vascular access types, comparing dialysis facilities, home dialysis, and the health advantages of remaining active, including vocational rehabilitation.

The issue also includes a word search puzzle, which you can find at
https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/QOLWordSearch.pdf.   The solution can be found at
https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCNP.htm.

The August 2009 issue is on

The Journey of Transplant Evaluation

It's available in 2-page format at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCNv3.1.pdf and a large-print (4-page) version at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCNv3.1Big.pdf.

This issue includes a word search puzzle, which you can find at
https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/WordSearch.pdf.   The solution can be found at
https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCNP.htm.

The March 2009 issue is on how to

Be A Survivor,

outlining what you need to do to be prepared for disasters, including familiarizing yourself with your dialysis facility's emergency plans.   Find the issue at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCNv2.4.pdf (2-page) and
https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCNv2.4big.pdf (large-print).

We also included a crossword puzzle on disaster preparedness, which can be found at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/Crossword.pdf), and a feedback form called "Tell Us What You Think" at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/TellUs.pdf.   We need to know what you think we're doing well, and what we can do better, so we can serve you best.   The answers to the crossword puzzle can be found at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCNP.htm

The January 2009 issue is on

Voicing Concerns,

with many helpful suggestions for dealing with any dissatisfaction you may have with your care.   Find the issue at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCNv2.3.pdf (2-page) and https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/NCNv2.3big.pdf (large-print).

We included copies of our flyer on The Role of the Northwest Renal Network in Handling Complaints and Grievances, in English (https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/G/ComplaintsGrievances.htm) and en espaņol (https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/G/QuejasProtestas.pdf).

The October 2008 issue is on

New Federal Rules and Your Care.

It's available in 2-page and large-print (4-page) versions.   It discusses patient rights, patient safety, patient involvement, quality of life, patient satisfaction, quality improvement, and treatment options.

With it we mailed a flyer on Helpful Things to Know (https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/Helpful.pdf), covering Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage, the Network Patient Advisory Committee, Fistulas and other vascular access types, comparing dialysis facilities, home dialysis, and the health advantages of remaining active, including vocational rehabilitation.

The August 2008 issue is on deprssion:

It's Not All in Your Head.

It's available in 2-page and large-print (4-page) versions.

With it we mailed a Form for ordering free educational materials.

The February 2008 issue on

Remaining Active with Kidney Disease
has been updated.

The updated version is available in 2-page and large-print (4-page) versions.   The original version refers to several resources that might still be useful, including

"Keeping Your Job When You Need Dialysis" at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/KeepingYourJob.pdf,

"A Kidney Patient's Guide to Working and Paying for Treatment" at http://www.lifeoptions.org/catalog/pdfs/booklets/employment.pdf,

"Your Guide to Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage" at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/cmsPDCguide.pdf, and

"Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage: How to Join a Medicare Drug Plan" at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/JoinPDC.pdf in English and https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrenalnetworkorg/net16/P/NCN/cobertura.pdf in Spanish.  

The December 2007 issue has been updated.   The current version is The Journey of Transplant Evaluation .   It's available in 2-page and large-print (4-page) versions.
See also our separate index of the Puzzles and Solutions that have been included with Network Consumer News.
Issues of Consumer News, in the format we used prior to December 2007, are indexed HERE.

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