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ESRD Network Strategies

Qsource ESRD Network Strategies aims to improve quality of care in our states for each and every person living with chronic kidney disease and receiving renal replacement therapy. Qsource facilitates two end-stage renal disease (ESRD) networks, The Renal Network in Illinois (Network 10) and Heartland Kidney Network (Network 12) in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska.

Under the direction of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the national ESRD Network Program consists of 18 regional ESRD Networks, covering every U.S. state, territory and the District of Columbia.

Together, The Renal Network (Network 10) and Heartland Kidney Network (Network 12) support the work of healthcare clinicians, kidney dialysis facilities and transplant centers as they accelerate improvements in quality care for the nearly 59,000 Medicare beneficiaries with ESRD in these five states.

We place the highest priority on patient needs and engagement while also working directly with healthcare providers.

Through The Renal Network (Network 10) and Heartland Kidney Network (Network 12), we

Monitor the quality and improvement of care ESRD patients receive

Collect data to administer national Medicare ESRD programs

Provide technical assistance to providers caring for persons with ESRD

Develop programs and activities that inform patients and lead to better treatment results

Conduct Learning & Action Networks (LANs) that promote improvements in patient health management

Identify ways to help prevent renal disease through chronic care delivery

Assist ESRD patients with grievances


The Role of The Renal Network

The role of The Renal Network is to promote and support quality dialysis care and outcomes of ESRD patients and kidney transplant patients through patient services, education, quality improvement and the collection, analysis and exchange of relelevant incidence, prevalence, surveillance and outcome data.

The Network Structure

The Renal Network organizational structure is capable of supporting all activities of the Network, especially the quality improvement and patient-centered services described in the Statement of Work (SOW) between the ESRD Network Organizations and CMS. In addition to Network staff, there are four primary committees: the Network Council, Board of Directors, Medical Review Board and the Patient Advisory Council that oversee and direct Network activities.