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The mission of Network 7 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.

Involuntary Discharge (IVD)

Addressing Abusive Behaviors in the Dialysis Center

This document looks at some of the specific underlying causes of conflict that could possibly lead to abusive behaviors and methods for overcoming them.

Can You Ever Be Discharged from Dialysis?

This document designed for use with patients outlines the situations in which a patient can be involuntarily discharged from his or her dialysis facility.

Lines of Communication

Dialysis Schedules: Tips for Patients and Staff

Scheduling issues are a common source of frustration for dialysis patients and staff.This document addresses what you can do to help keep your dialysis schedule running as on time as possible.

Huddle Up to Improve Communication

Click here to access Huddle Up to Improve Communication, an interactive communication team activity for dealing with conflict.

Quality Improvement (QI)

Conditions for Coverage

The Survey and Certification Program certifies ESRD facilities for inclusion in the Medicare Program. This page includes links to applicable laws and regulations, and provides resources to support and assess compliance with Federal regulations.

The Roles of Network 7 and the State Survey Agency (SA) in Monitoring Dialysis Care for Florida

This document explains the roles of the Network and the Sate Survey Agency in monitoring care for Florida kidney disease patients.

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.

ESRD QIP, Dialysis Facility Compare, Star Ratings, and Dialysis Facility Reports

QualityNet Resources

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) QualityNet resources provides helpful materials to dialysis facilities participating in the ESRD Quality Incentive Program.

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.

Data Management and Reports

2016 Annual Report

The 2016 ESRD Network Annual Report covers activities conducted during the 2016 calendar year, including a focus on quality improvement and patient-centered care initiatives.

2015 Annual Report

The 2015 ESRD Network Annual Report covers activities conducted during the 2015 calendar year, including a focus on quality improvement and patient-centered care initiatives.

Stakeholder Organizations

American Kidney Fund

The American Kidney Fund is dedicated to ensuring that every kidney patient has access to health care, and that every person at risk for kidney disease is empowered to prevent it. The site offers patient programs, kidney disease education, and professional education.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

CDC works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.

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.



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. 

Annual Forums

2015 Annual Forum

"Start Your Engines!: Driving Improvement in Patient and Family Engagement"

2014 Annual Forum

"Step Up to the Plate: Hit a Home Run in ESRD Care"

Network Resources


Network 7 Celebrates March as World Kidney Month! Show you facility's support of March as World Kidney Month by printing and hanging this 11" x 17" poster (PDF) and/or 8.5" x 11" flyer (PDF) that was developed by Network 7's Patient Advisory Committee.

POSTER: Respect in the Facility

This 11 x 17 inch poster can be displayed at facilities to gently remind patients and staff of some simple etiquette that can encourage a calm and soothing environment.



Provider Newsletters

Quarter 4 2019 Provider Newsletter

The Quarter 4 Provider Newsletter highlights educational topics that can be discussed with patients to help maintain heart and kidney health, specific Medicare Part B benefits, the various vaccinations that are important for dialysis patients, strategies for reducing medication errors, quality...

Quarter 1 2020 Provider Newsletter

The Quarter 1 2020 Provider Newsletter highlights resources and information on COVID-19, the role of the network in facilitating access to dialysis care, patient services related to the grievance process, patient and family engagement at the facility level, vocational rehabilitation and the ticket...

Vascular Access/LTC Reduction Tools

WANTED: Permanent Access Angels

This document tells patients about how they can help other patients by sharing their experiences with getting, using, and maintaining their permanent access.

Checklist for Staying on the Road to a Permanent Access

This checklist is designed for patients to use to monitor their progress towards the placement and use of a permanent access.

Reducing Adverse Drug Events (ADEs)

Reducing ADE Tip Sheet - Florida

This one-pager provides an overview of the occurrence of ADEs in Florida and provides tips for providers to better assess risk and prevent ADEs.

Prescriber Quick Tips: Anticoagulants

This tool provides tips to reduce adverse drug events with anticoagulant use.

Infection Prevention

Let's Talk: Starting the Conversation to Prevent HAIs

Preventing infections is important for patient safety. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) wants dialysis patients and dialysis centers to start a conversation about preventing infections. Family members can also start the conversation. We hope this guide can be a starting point to improve awareness about patient safety issues.

Making Dialysis Safer for Patients Coalition

The Making Dialysis Safer for Patients Coalition is a partnership of healthcare-related organizations, patient advocacy organizations, industry partners, and other public health partners that span the dialysis spectrum.

The Coalition aims to prevent bloodstream infections (BSIs) in hemodialysis patients, and increase the use and visibility of CDC evidence based practices.

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