ESRD Networks are required to develop and implement methods to measure and report on the quality of dialysis services provided under the Medicare program using a Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) model. CQI is required to create an accountable means for providing acceptable levels of dialysis to End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) patients and to provide comprehensive data that will be used in both assessment of outcomes and initiation of quality improvement programs.
The Renal Network Quality Improvement Department staff have developed training materials and resources that are designed to stimulate and support significant improvement in the quality of dialysis care through skills building and development and the promotion of promising practice models. In addition, all educational materials are designed to support the goals and aims of specific CMS ESRD Quality Initiatives.
The Quality Improvement Department can assist you with the development of quality improvement plans, data collection and analysis, the development of disaster and emergency plans, guidance in following the Conditions for Coverage.
The Quality Improvement Department continuously updates and adds new tools and resources to assist facility staff and other nephrology professionals.