Finding and Comparing Dialysis Facilities
It is important that people living with ESRD have access to a dialysis facility that suits their needs. Medicare has data you can use to compare dialysis facilities (centers) based on the type of patient care they provide. It is important to consider a patient's health status/needs as well as insurance and co insurance coverage when selecting dialysis facilities for placement. If you are having difficulty placing a patient into an outpatient dialysis facility. Please contact Network staff for assistance.
Your first stop for identifying dialysis facilities and their services should be: Dialysis Facility Compare to search, and compare dialysis facilities in the United States and Territories.
Treatment Barriers (Including IVD and IVT)
As a dialysis professional, It is important to educate patients so that they understand their rights and responsibilities when it comes to access to dialysis. If you are having difficulty with a patient or are having difficulty finding a facility that care for a patient's medical needs, or if you are working with a patient that is at risk for Involuntary discharge, it is important that you contact the Network so that our trained staff can assist you.
Prevent treatment barriers before they become an access to care problem. If a patient is at risk of IVD, IVT, or F2P, please contact the Network immediately
Access to care cases include those involving involuntary discharge (IVD), involuntary transfer(IVT), and failure to place (F2P).
An involuntary discharge is a discharge initiated by the treating dialysis facility without the patient’s agreement.
An involuntary transfer occurs when the transferring facility temporarily or permanently closes due to a merger, or due to an emergency or disaster situation, or due to other circumstances, and the patient is dissatisfied with the transfer to another facility.
Failure to Place
A failure to place is defined as a situation in which no outpatient dialysis facility can be located that will accept an ESRD patient for routine dialysis treatment.