For the kidney recipient

How to keep track of the information 

What to do when calling for information

Any time you call Medicare, your insurance provider, Social Security, or any health care provider, be sure you do the following.

  • Write down the date and time of your conversation.
  • Write down the name and title of any person you talk to.
  • Write down a brief summary of your conversation. If you don't understand anything you are told, ask to have the information repeated or said more clearly.

How to keep track of your materials

You may be overwhelmed by the information you receive as you go through the transplant process. To help you stay organized, you may want to keep your papers in files and use notebooks that have pockets.

To make organizing easier, you may want to group your papers.

  • Keep all explanation of benefits (known as EOBs) from Medicare or your insurance together.
  • File bills by whom they are from.
  • File all health care bills and receipts by provider. You may have one file for dialysis, one for your clinic, one for the hospital, etc.
  • File your papers, bills and receipts in order by date.

Printable forms/lists

Tests you need to take before a transplant

Tests you may need to take before a transplant

Current medicine list

Questions for your insurance provider

Weight, temperature and blood pressure log

Source: Allina Health Patient Education, Kidney Transplant Information for Recipients and Donors, renal_ahc_93498
Reviewed By: Allina Patient Education experts, including the Transplantation Department of Abbott Northwestern Hospital
First Published: 05/15/2009
Last Reviewed: 05/15/2009

Kidney transplant surgeons

This surgery is being performed at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis by:

Mark J Hill, MD, PhD

Mark D Odland, MD

Chad J Richardson, MD

Tip
If you have any questions, concerns or problems, ask your social worker or transplant coordinator.
Other online resources

If you find information on a website, show it to your transplant coordinator to make sure it is medically correct. Reliable websites include:

Kidney.org: National Kidney Foundation

Lifeoptions.org: Life Options

UNOS.org: United Network for Organ Sharing