Method Could Help Monitor Transplant Referrals from Dialysis Clinics

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For patients with end stage renal disease (ESRD), barriers to kidney transplantation can come from a range of sources. Referral to a transplant center is an essential first step for patients who may be transplant candidates, and it’s one that relies on actions taken by the leadership and staff at dialysis centers.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, as well as the kidney community, have called for the development of quality measures for dialysis facilities to improve performance and equity in access to kidney transplantation, but little progress has been made. As described in a recent Clinical Journal