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The mission of Network 15 includes helping dialysis and transplant facilities to improve the level of care provided to patients with end stage renal disease (ESRD). We accomplish this through providing:

  • Education
  • Resources
  • Technical assistance

We are also involved in the collection and validation of information about persons with ESRD. This information is collected through a variety of means including:

  • CROWNWeb
  • The National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN)

Please review the topics provided on this website for more in-depth information. If you cannot find the resources you seek online, please contact our office.

National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN)

NHSN Website

This is the official website for National Healthcare Safety Network.

Quick Reference for Monthly Dialysis Event Surveillance

This document provides an overview of monthly dialysis event surveillance.


My CROWNWeb Website is a website managed for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to offer help and technical support to users of the CROWNWeb system.

Blood Stream Infection (BSI) Toolkit

Toolkit Introduction and Instructions

This is the introduction and instruction section of the BSI Toolkit.

CDC Audit Tools

This is the CDC Hand Hygiene Audit Tools section of the BSI Toolkit.

Provider Newsletters

Q1 2017 Provider Newsletter

This quarter one newsletter highlights Network QIAs, data reporting requirement, and other important topics.

Q2 2017 Provider Newsletter

This quarter two newsletter highlights Network QIAs, data reporting requirement, and other important topics.

Conditions for Coverage

Guidance to Laws and Certification for Dialysis

This page provides basic information related to survey and certification of dialysis facilities for ESRD surveyors and dialysis providers. It includes links to applicable laws and regulations, and provides resources to support and assess compliance with Federal regulations.

CMS Survey and Certification Memoranda

This official Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) website provides memoranda, guidance, clarifications, and instructions to State Survey Agencies and CMS Regional Offices.



The official website for news and information about the ICH CAHPS Survey.

Patients Decide QIA

This page contains English and Spanish language resources about peritoneal dialysis shared by facilities, Network PACs, and other key players in our ICH CAHPS Quality Improvement Activity. 

Patient and Family Engagement

Tips to Improve Patient Engagement

These tips can assist your staff in establishing the genuine engagement with patients that is essential in the provision of high quality healthcare and achieving improved healthcare outcomes.

Advance Care Planning

Curriculum Guide for Advance Care Planning

This curriculum is designed to assist facility staff in having advance care planning discussions with patients.

Planning Today for Tomorrow's Healthcare: A Guide for People with Chronic Kidney Disease

This brochure will provide details on how to have control over your healthcare in the event that you cannot speak for yourself.

New Facility Information

New Facility Information Form

Information form for new dialysis facilities.

Patient and Family Engagement

Studies have shown that patients who are more involved in their care tend to feel better and live longer. Check out these resources on patient and family engagement in healthcare.

Infection Prevention

CDC Audit Tools

These audit tools and checklists are intended to promote Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-recommended practices for infection prevention in hemodialysis facilities.

Hand Hygiene Saves Lives Brochure

This brochure provides information about how hand hygiene can saves lives.

News from the Dialysis NHSN Helpdesk

Dialysis NHSN Helpdesk: Newsblast Archive

Newsblasts are simple and short articles that address important issues currently trending in the Dialysis Helpdesk inbox. In February 2015, the Dialysis Helpdesk began disseminating newsblasts on a monthly basis, towards the end of each month. Refer to the newsblast archive for answers to frequently asked questions, deadline reminders, and breaking news that you may have missed. 

Quality Incentive Program (QIP)

CMS Memo: Clarifying PY 2020 Performance Period for ESRD QIP NHSN Personnel Influenza Vaccination Reporting Measure

As a part of the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) PPS proposed rule released in May 2017, CMS proposes to correct the performance period for the NHSN Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Reporting Measure for Payment Year (PY) 2020.

ESRD QIP Summary Payment Years 2012–2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) administers the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Quality Incentive Program (QIP) to promote high-quality care by outpatient dialysis facilities treating patients with ESRD.

Involuntary Discharge

IVD Checklist

The Network frequently receives calls regarding the process of involuntarily discharging a patient. It is important first to note that involuntary discharge (IVD) should be an option of last resort. Additionally, discharging a patient for "non-compliance" is not an acceptable reason for discharge...

V-Tags and Interpretive Guidance on Patient IVD

This document provides information on v-tags and interpretive guidance regarding patient IVD excerpted from the CMS ESRD Surveyor Training Interpretive Guidance version 1.1.

Dialysis Facility Information

Dialysis Facility Reports

Annual Dialysis Facility Reports (DFRs) and quarterly Dialysis Facility Compare (DFC) Reports are made available to facilities, State Survey Agencies, and Regional Offices online at which replaces the old website

Annual Dialysis Facility Reports (DFRs) and quarterly Dialysis Facility Compare (DFC) Reports are made available to facilities, State Survey Agencies, and Regional Offices online at which replaces the old website.


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