Notify Network of Service Disruptions

CMS requires ESRD Networks to track the status of facility operations and patient access to treatment during emergency events at all facilities, including disruption due to the COVID-19 coronavirus.  If the operations of your facility, or ability for patients to have access to dialysis, are impacted by emergency events, please let your Network know right away.

For Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska (Network 16), call Lisa Hall at 206-923-0714 or email LHall@Comagine.org, or Brianna Smith at BSmith2@Comagine.org.  We also ask that you fill out and submit the Network Disaster Reporting Form at http://www.esrdnetwork18.org/machform/view.php?id=44393.  Network 18 will forward the completed form back to Network 16.

In Southern California (Network 18), call Eileen Rhodes or Anabel Galindo-Guerrero at 888-268-1539, or email ERhodes@Comagine.org or AGalindo-Guerrero@Comagine.org, and fill out the form at http://www.esrdnetwork18.org/machform/embed.php?id=16298.

Never put PHI or PII in an email or online form.  Examples include patient name or initials, birthdate, SSN, and other identifying information.

>2/21 Revised CMS State Operations Manual

CMS has published revisions to the State Operations Manual, including Appendix H – ESRD Facilities, Appendix X – Organ Transplant Program, and Appendix Z – Emergency Preparedness.  Find the revised Manual, which is effective as of February 21, 2020, at https://www.cms.gov/files/document/r200soma.pdf.  The 700-page manual lacks page numbers or other indications of which appendix you’re reading, but online PDF readers provide page counts in the upper left-hand corner, or at the top of the screen.  Changes include:

  • pp. 175ff: Appendix H – ESRD Facilities.  Guidance to Surveyors in Appendix H is extensively revised throughout, including updates to the regulatory text based on requirements set forth in the 2008 Conditions for Coverage and revisions based on recent Federal Fire Safety Requirements.
  • pp. 614ff: Appendix X – Organ Transplant Programs.  Revisions include Survey Protocol Tasks, and occasional other revisions scattered throughout.
  • pp. 657ff: Appendix Z – Emergency Preparedness.   Major revisions are included throughout.

Notify Network of Service Disruptions

It’s still relatively balmy in Southern California, but winter is getting serious in Network 16.  CMS requires ESRD Networks to track the status of facility operations and patient access to treatment during emergency events at all facilities.  If the operations of your facility, or ability for patients to have access to dialysis, are impacted by emergency events, please let your Network know right away.

You are reminded never to put PHI or PII in an email or online form.  Examples include patient name or initials, birthdate, SSN, and other identifying information.

Transplant CoP Changes

Modifications to the Conditions of Participation for kidney transplant programs (formerly transplant centers) have been published in the Federal Register for September 30, 2019.  They will take effect on November 29, 2019.  The primary change is that an approved transplant program will no longer be required to submit outcome data for periodic re-approval.  The modifications are summarized by the American Society of Transplant Surgeons at https://asts.org/news-and-publications/asts-news/article/2019/09/27/cms-removes-outcomes-requirement-for-transplant-center-re-approval, and detailed in the Federal Register at https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-09-30/pdf/2019-20736.pdf, pp.51748-50.

Notify Network of Emergencies

Winter is arriving early in some Network 16 locations, and CMS requires all ESRD Networks to track the status of facility operations, and patient access to treatment, during emergency events at all facilities.  If the operations of your facility, or ability for patients to have access to dialysis, are impacted by emergency events, please let your Network know right away.

  • For Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska (Network 16), contact Lisa Hall at 206-923-0714, or by email at LHall@nw16.esrd.net.  We also ask that you fill out and submit the Network Disaster Reporting Form at http://www.esrdnetwork18.org/machform/view.php?id=44393 (Network 18 will forward it back to Network 16).

You are reminded never to put PHI or PII in an email or online form.  Examples include patient name or initials, birthdate, SSN, and other identifying information.

Notify Network of Emergencies

Wildfire season is here, and CMS requires all ESRD Networks to track the status of facility operations, and patient access to treatment, during emergency events at all facilities.  If the operations of your facility, or ability for patients to have access to dialysis, are impacted by emergency events, please let your Network know right away.

You are reminded never to put PHI or PII in an email or online form.  Examples include patient name or initials, birthdate, SSN, and other identifying information.

New CMS Transplant Center Survey Protocol Manual

CMS has added a new Appendix X to their State Operations Manual, detailing Interpretive Guidance and Survey Protocols for Organ Transplant Program Conditions for Participation, effective May 24, 2019.  Find a copy at https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Guidance/Transmittals/2019Downloads/R189SOMA.pdf.