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Transplant 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 5-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. On waiting list or evaluate potential living donor

Monthly Reporting Tool 

The Network will contact selected facilities and send a link on a monthly basis. 

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​

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 Time
Tuesday, January 21 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. ET
Tuesday, March 17 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. ET
Tuesday, May 19 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. ET
Tuesday, July 21 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. ET
Tuesday, September 15 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. ET
Tuesday, November 17 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. 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

2019 Transplant QIA Materials


  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.