About the Network

Established in 1978, Northwest Renal Network ("NWRN" or "the Network") is a private, not-for-profit corporation independent of any dialysis company, individual unit, or transplant center.  As one of eighteen End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Networks that span the US, we are often called "Network 16" or "NW16."  For links to the other seventeen Networks, see http://esrdncc.org/ .

Our mission is to promote optimal dialysis and transplant care for kidney patients in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.  Funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, we collect and analyze data on patients enrolled in the Medicare ESRD program, serve as an information resource, and monitor the quality of care given to dialysis and transplant patients in the Pacific Northwest.

One important role which we play is to serve as an unbiased, outside review agency, in responding to grievances or complaints about medical care brought to us by patients or staff at Medicare-certified facilities.  These concerns are reviewed by a team that may include doctors, patients, nurses, social workers, dietitians, and dialysis technicians, who serve on our Medical Review Board as volunteers, and are experienced in both the delivery and receipt of dialysis and transplantation services.

In May 2015, we became part of the HealthInsight ESRD Alliance .

Network 16 Network Council Call, December 17, 2018

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Page updated May 16, 2019