About the Networks
This directory provides contact information for all 18 ESRD Networks.
Under the direction of CMS, the ESRD Network Program consists of a national network of 18 ESRD Networks, responsible for each U.S. state, territory, and the District of Columbia. ESRD Networks service geographic areas based on the number and concentration of ESRD beneficiaries.
This toolkit can be used by any renal professional including the ESRD Networks, dialysis providers, and transplant programs. It was developed in conjunction with input and feedback from ESRD Network professionals and patient subject matter experts. The hope is that by informing themselves, sharing the resources, and managing their own well-being they can make a difference in the lives of the ESRD patients and families they serve. It is not intended to be given directly to patients, but instead by professionals to use in their work.
This document provides tips for dialysis staff members to lessen patient fears of retaliation.
Vascular Access Management
This document outlines steps dialysis professionals should follow to assess fistula maturity and health during weeks 1–2.
This document outlines steps dialysis professionals should follow to assess fistula maturity and health during week 3.
This Sample Infection Prevention and Control Quality Improvement Plan tool can be used by facilities that need to develop an improvement plan due to high infection rates or infection control deficiencies identified in an internal or external audit. Download the Sample Infection Prevention and...
This Hand Sanitizer Audit Tool is designed to give dialysis providers a way to review and validate the proper usage of hand hygiene and sanitizer in the dialysis facility. It includes an eight-step guide to the proper usage of hand sanitizer, as well as a matrix of hand hygiene opportunities and...
Emergency preparedness is key for hemodialysis facilities. From winter storms to hurricanes, hazards of all types can jeopardize the health and safety of dialysis patients and the ability of dialysis facilities to operate. The KCER website offers many tools and resources for providers.
Alerts and recalls related to the kidney community.
The ESRD NCC Patient Resources section houses resources and tools on a variety of topics for dialysis and transplant patients.
Quality Incentive Program
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) administers the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Quality Incentive Program (QIP) to promote high-quality services in outpatient dialysis facilities treating patients with ESRD. The first of its kind in Medicare, this program changes the way CMS pays for the treatment of patients with ESRD by linking a portion of payment directly to facilities’ performance on quality of care measures. These types of programs are known as “pay-for-performance” or “value-based purchasing” (VBP) programs.
The ESRD QIP relies upon facility-provided data in CROWNWeb for a number of its measures. CROWNWeb is the primary data source for some ESRD QIP measures, and is a supporting source of data for many others.
The NCC was pleased to support CMS’ first annual National Care Transitions Awareness Day on April 16, 2019. The NCC designed the attached materials with the Networks, dialysis facilities, transplant centers, and patient audiences in mind to promote this important initiative. They include: The...
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held a webinar, “Care Transitions 201,” featuring a presentation from Dr. Jamie Dwyer of Premier, Inc., the Medical Director of both inpatient and outpatient dialysis services at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, TN. Dr. Dwyer presented...
This tool outlines an "interview" facilities can conduct with patients who have recently been hospitalized.
This handout helps patients understand why it is important to share details of their non-dialysis medical care with their dialysis team.