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ESRD NCC Directory

This directory provides contact information for all 18 ESRD Networks.



About the ESRD Network Program

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.



Patient Engagement

Decreasing Dialysis Patient-Provider Conflict - Provider Manual

This Decreasing Dialysis Patient-Provider Conflict (DPC) toolkit contains multiple resources that will help train your staff to more effectively cope with conflict, identify the root causes of conflict in an effort to prevent future conflict, and to help them grow professionally in their ability to understand conflict.



Decreasing Dialysis Patient-Provider Conflict: Tips on Cultural Awareness

This document provides tips on cultural awareness and how to best interact with all patients, regardless of ethnic, religious, or social background.



Vascular Access Management

Ready, Set, Go! Fistula Maturity - Weeks 1-2

This document outlines steps dialysis professionals should follow to assess fistula maturity and health during weeks 1–2.



Ready, Set, Go! Fistula Maturity - Week 3

This document outlines steps dialysis professionals should follow to assess fistula maturity and health during week 3.



Healthcare-Associated Infections

HAIs and Antibiotic Resistance: Communication Tools for Health Departments

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with support from with Porter Novelli, are pleased to launch a suite of communications tools designed to help health departments articulate the value of public health in preventing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and stopping the spread of antibiotic resistance. This webinar will orient health departments and key partners on how to use these tools to reach and engage various public health and healthcare audiences, including hospitals, patient care providers, facility support staff, the media, and many others who are critical to raising awareness and taking action to contain and prevent HAIs. 



National Action Plan to Prevent HAIs

This document provides guidance to identify and prioritize efforts for the prevention and reduction of healthcare-associated infections in ESRD patients.



Emergency Preparedness

KCER Coalition

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

Alerts and recalls related to the kidney community.



Patient Education

Patient Resources and Tools

The ESRD NCC Patient Resources section houses resources and tools on a variety of topics for dialysis and transplant patients.



Quality Incentive Program

CMS: ESRD 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.



CROWNWeb: ESRD Quality Incentive Program

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.



Care Transitions

Care Transitions 201: CMS Webinar

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...



Quality Improvement

Sit Down—Don't Stand - Reducing Hospitalization

This tool outlines an "interview" facilities can conduct with patients who have recently been hospitalized.



We're Not Being Nosy—We Care!

This handout helps patients understand why it is important to share details of their non-dialysis medical care with their dialysis team. 



Fistula First

Fistula First Catheter Last

The Fistula First Catheter Last Workgroup Coalition focuses on increasing the use of AV fistulas and decreasing the use of tunneled dialysis catheters.