Following federal regulations, all dialysis facilities are required to have a grievance process meant to address patient concerns. Patients, Care Partners or Family Members may wish to speak with the dialysis Social Worker or Facility Administrator to file a grievance.
It is NOT mandatory that a patient follow the facility grievance process before contacting the Network. However, this can be a fast easy way to fix a problem at the dialysis facility and we encourage that it be a first option.
Filed with the ESRD Network
The Network processes grievances from patients, their representatives, family members, care partners, professionals, advocates, and State Survey agencies, related to the quality and safety of care in ESRD certified facilities. Concerns can be filed with the Network by phone, fax, or postal mail. Grievances can also be emailed to the Network; however, this is discouraged due to privacy concerns.
When the Network is contacted regarding a concern, it will attempt to resolve the issue in one of the following ways: Assist the patient to organize his/her thoughts about a situation and provide feedback so that he/she can address the issue on his/her own, if desired; With permission from the patient, the Network may contact the facility directly to gather information and attempt to resolve the matter; The facility may be required to complete an Improvement Plan to correct problems; More serious issues may be referred to the Network’s Medical Review Board (MRB) for review; Life-threatening situations will be referred to the State Survey Agency.
Grievances are generally resolved within 3 days. More complicated cases may take longer (up to 60 days in some cases). In those situations, all parties will be notified of the expected date for the conclusion of the investigation.
Some concerns do not fall under the jurisdiction of the Network or would be more appropriately handled by another agency, such as the state health department. The Network can refer patients to those identified agencies. In more serious circumstances, the Network will contact the agency directly.
Filed with the State Department of Health
The State Department of Health also investigates patient grievances/complaints.