By Eileen Boyte, MSW
Have you heard of the ESRD Networks (End Stage Renal Disease Networks)? Do you know which one serves you area? Many patients don't know that ESRD Networks do, but they can help you in many different ways.
File a Complaint
If you have a complaint about a dialysis facility, your ESRD Network can investigate and help find a solution. They make sure that dialysis facilities are providing safe, effective and patient-centered care.
Ask for Free Educational Resources
There is a wide range of educational materials available for kidney patients and their families through your Network. They collect materials from other kidney-related organizations in an effort to be a “one-stop shop” for you.
Each network has a Patient Advisory Committee (PAC) that has different activities and events in your area. For more information about local activities, or to apply to be a member, contact your ESRD Network.
An involved and engaged patient is a happier, healthier patient. Contact your ESRD Network today to learn more about the services and resources available in your area. You can find contact information at www.esrdncc.org
or by calling 516.209.5365.
The Medicare End State Renal Disease (ESRD) Program was established in 1972 and in 1978, the formation of the ESRD Network Organizations was authorized. Today there are 18 Networks in existence and each is responsible for providing oversight services for a specific geographical region.