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Under the direction of CMS, the End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Network Program consists of a national network of 18 ESRD Networks, responsible for each U.S. state, territory, and the District of Columbia. ESRD Networks service geographic areas based on the number and concentration of ESRD beneficiaries.

ESRD Networks work with consumers and ESRD facilities and other providers of ESRD services to refine care delivery systems to make sure ESRD patients get the right care at the right time. For more information, visit the ESRD Network Organizations Overview at www.cms.gov/ESRDNetworkOrganizations/

Under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) Program conducts activities to support ESRD Networks for disaster preparedness and response.

In order to accomplish this objective, KCER provides resources, expertise, educational materials, and technical assistance to ESRD Networks.

In the event that a crisis requires assistance outside of an ESRD Network's capacity, KCER resources are available.

Visit the links on this site to access resources or request technical assistance.

There are many types of KCER technical assistance available, including:

Emergency Information Sharing

  • In the event of a large-scale emergency/disaster, Networks can share information through targeted communications with KCER volunteers and interested parties.

Kidney Community Conference Calls

  • KCER can host conference calls for national emergencies and large disasters. Notices and dial-in information will be posted on the website and on the KCER Hotline.
  • The KCER Hotline is 866-901-ESRD (866-901-3773). During non-emergency times, a recorded message is available.
  • This conference line is also available for use by individual Networks for coordinating pre-disaster preparedness, emergency response and recovery activities.

Open / Closed Facility Status

  • KCER is available to assist Networks in communicating provider operational status to State Agencies, CMS and other appropriate stakeholders.

Other Resources and Assistance

  • Help identify "lessons learned" and share best practices.
  • Provide assistance with continuous quality improvement techniques to address and update internal and community practices for disaster readiness and response.
  • Provide emergency management education and training.

There are many types of KCER technical assistance available. Contact KCER at 866-901-3773 to:

  • Notify KCER of CEMP activation
  • Request technical assistance
  • Get information and education