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On October 14, 2008, practices and policies in every dialysis unit in the United States and its territories will besignificantly changed with the implementation of the 2008 Conditions for Coverage (CfCs) for End-Stage RenalDisease Facilities (Office of the Federal Register, 2008). These CfCs mark the first wholesale change in the regulationsfor dialysis units in more than 30 years, and the Council of Nephrology Social Workers (CNSW) is makingevery effort to provide its members with the tools and resources they need to adapt to and adopt these new CfCs.This special issue of The Journal of Nephrology Social Work is intended to provide members with an introductionto the sections of the CfCs that are relevant to social workers and an overview of the CfCs and relevant resourcescreated by the CNSW.

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