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Increasing Transplant Waitlists
Quality Improvement Activity (QIA)

Network Task Lead: Kou Kha-Moua

Kidney transplantation offers advantages over dialysis for most End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) patients in both quality of life and survival. In spite of the benefits of kidney transplantation, according to the United States Renal Data System (USRDS), in 2016, 87.3 percent of all incident cases began renal replacement therapy with hemodialysis, 9.7 percent started with peritoneal dialysis, and just 2.8 percent received a preemptive kidney transplant. In addition, 63.1 percent of all prevalent ESRD cases were receiving hemodialysis therapy, 7.0 percent were being treated with peritoneal dialysis, and 29.6 percent had a functioning kidney transplant.

Quality Insights Renal Network 4 will assist participating facilities as they guide eligible patients through the 6-step transplant process leading to getting patients on the transplant waitlist:2
  1. Patient interest in transplant
  2. Referral call to transplant center
  3. First visit to transplant center
  4. Transplant center work up
  5. Successful transplant candidate
  6. On waiting list or evaluate potential living donor

Monthly Reporting Tool

Presentations & Materials  


Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs)

OPO’s in Network 4 Service Area:

Gift of Life Donor Program
Howard M. Nathan, President/CEO
401 North 3rd Street, 
Philadelphia, PA 19123
Phone: (215) 557-8090
 Fax: (215) 557-9359
Center for Organ Recovery & Education
Susan A. Stuart, President/CEO
204 Sigma Drive, 
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
Phone: (412) 963-3550
 Fax: (412) 963-3564
Helen M. Irving, President/CEO
460 W. 34th Street, 
15th Floor
, New York, NY 10001
Phone: (646) 291-4444     Fax: (646) 291-4600

United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)


ESRD NCC Transplant QIA Learning and Action Network (LAN) Calls​

(Recordings and presentations to be added)
Please note that these dates are subject to change based on speaker availability. Meeting details, including registration link and call overview, to be provided prior to each call.
Date (3rd Tuesdays) Time
January 22, 2019  3:00 p.m. – 4:00 pm ET
March 19, 2019 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 pm ET
May 21, 2019 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 pm ET
July 16, 2019 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 pm ET
September 17, 2019 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 pm ET
November 19, 2019  3:00 p.m. – 4:00 pm ET

A PDF copy of the slides, recordings and continuing education opportunities are available by visiting the ESRD National Coodinating Center (NCC) QIA LAN web page

Archived Materials

2018 Introduction Webinar

2018 Stitches of Hope Campaign 2018 ESRD NCC Transplant QIA Learning and Action Network (LAN) Calls


  1. United States Renal Data System. 2018 USRDS annual data report: Epidemiology of kidney disease in the United States. National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, Bethesda, MD, 2018

  2. Sullivan C, Leon JB, Sayre SS, Marbury M, Ivers M, Pencak JA, Bodziak KA, Hricik DE, Morrison EJ, Albert JM, Navaneethan SD, Reyes CM, Sehgal AR. Impact of navigators on completion of steps in the kidney transplant process: a randomized, controlled trial.


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