News & Events
Visit World Kidney Day.org for more information
The “Let’s Talk” CKD class is an introduction to Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). You will learn about the kidneys and Chronic Kidney Disease. The class covers the kidney’s “jobs”, the stages of kidney disease, how to understand your lab reports; anemia, phosphorous, potassium and calcium; and how they impact the health of your kidneys. The class reviews ways to slow down the progression of Chronic Kidney Disease, including medication and diet. You will also be introduced to all the treatment options for Stage 5 Chronic Kidney Disease including transplant, home dialysis and in-center dialysis. The class is two hours long, meets one time, and is available to patients and their significant others. The class is free and you do not have to be a Henry Ford patient to attend. Please call Victoria at 248.642.5038 for class times and to register.
This year’s Symposium, “Taking the Next Steps”, took place on November 14th and 15th at the beautiful Inn at St. Johns in Plymouth. We had the honor of welcoming many remarkable speakers up to the podium. Interesting topics and stories were shared, which included medication management, telehealth, obesity, and trends in hepatitis C. Holley Holloway and Jeffery Bryant conducted 3rd and 7th inning stretches to get the crowd to their feet. The laughter from the photo booth was contagious and the day was a beautiful display of GHS and the renal community as a whole. GHS is very pleased to hold this event to provide a unique educational and enjoyable experience to all that attend. We hope that everyone who partook in this event has gained something from it. A big thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s Symposium a memorable one! Next year’s is already in the works.
In 2018, Medicare will replace all patient ID Cards
Medicare is preparing to stop using Social Security numbers as the basis for identification next year, and will send new Medicare Beneficiary ID’s (MBI Cards) to people with Medicare ID numbers. CMS will issue new Medicare cards with a new unique, randomly-assigned number called a Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) to replace the existing Social Security-based Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) both on the cards and in various CMS systems we use now. Medicare will mail new Medicare cards between April 2018 and April 2019.
THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR NEW MEDICARE CARD
- No need to take any action to get your new Medicare card unless you need to update your address by calling 1-800-772-1213
- The new card won’t change your Medicare coverage or benefits.
- Medicare will never ask you to give personal or private information to get your new Medicare Number and card.
- There’s no charge for your new card.
WATCH OUT FOR SCAMS
Scam artists may try to get current Medicare Numbers and other personal information by contacting you about their new Medicare card. Medicare WILL NOT call you. They often claim to be from Medicare and use various scams to get the Medicare Number including:
- Asking to confirm the Medicare or Social Security Number so they can mail a new card.
- Telling you there’s a charge for your new card and they need to verify your personal information.
- Threatening to cancel your health benefits if you don’t share your Medicare Number or other personal information.
If someone calls and asks for your Medicare Number or personal information, immediately hang up and call Medicare at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).