Scope of Work

Tri-color triangle describing the scope of work: Care for individuals, population, lower cost through improvement

In 2021, End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Networks began an exciting new statement of work with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which is especially patient-centered and incorporates a focus on rural health and vulnerable populations. This work aligns with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) National Quality Strategy (NQS), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) goals addressed in the CMS Quality Strategy, and the CMS 16 Strategic Initiatives designed to result in improvements in the care of individuals with ESRD.

The ESRD Network program also focuses on the concepts and design of the Executive Order to launch Advancing American Kidney Health, the ESRD Treatment Choices (ETC) Payment Model, and the ETC Kidney Transplant Learning Collaborative.

The ESRD program objectives and key results include:

  • Improve behavioral health outcomes
  • Improve patient safety and reduce harm
  • Improve care in high cost/complex chronic conditions
  • Reduce hospital admissions, readmissions, and outpatient emergency department visits
  • Improve nursing home care in low-performing providers

This work is also aligned with the Triple AIM, developed by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI).

  1. Improving the patient experience of care (including quality and satisfaction)
  2. Improving the health of populations
  3. Reducing the per capita cost of health care