2015: "Achieving Quality: Reconciling Competing Goals: Guidelines, Incentives, Patient Centered Care, Shared Decision Making...How do we judge quality?"

The Quality Conference is a collaboration presented by the Forum of ESRD Networks and its Beneficiary Advisory Council in partnership with the Renal Physicians Association, Fresenius, DaVita, Dialysis Clinic Inc, the American Nephrology Nurses Association, National Renal Administrators Association and the American Association of Kidney Patients. The topic of this year’s conference is “Achieving Quality: Reconciling Competing Goals - Guidelines, Incentives, Patient Centered Care, Shared Decision Making...How do we judge quality?”

This conference was convened at the Baltimore Hilton, Baltimore, MD on March 23-24, 2015 immediately following the Renal Physicians Association Annual Meeting.

An Educational Video: "Patients Speak"


"Patients Speak" is a video featuring the voices of Forum Kidney Patient Advisory Council (KPAC) members reading the words of anonymous patients and was presented at the Forum's 2015 Creating a Culture of Quality Conference. A special thank you to the National Coordinating Center (NCC) for putting these voices and important messages into a video format. Please feel free to share this video. SPECIAL DEDICATION: This video is dedicated to Danielle Ward. Danielle passed in October 2015. She was an active member of the KPAC and Network 6. Her voice is captured on this video and her memory is captured in our hearts. Her words, preserved on this video, are a constant reminder of the importance of our work. CREDITS: Published on Nov 30, 2015 This publication was developed under Contract Number HHSM-500-2013-NW002C, titled "End Stage Renal Disease National Coordinating Center (ESRD NCC)," sponsored by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Department of Health and Human Services. The contents do not necessarily reflect CMS policy.

Conference Summary Report and Resources

2015 Quality Conference Summary Report

Peer Kidney Care Initiative - 2014 Peer Report

Conference Presentations:

Definitions of PFCC - shown during AM break

Panel - Beyond Webster (Johnson, Wofford, Elly, Wickizer)

The Measures Maelstrom (Goodrich)

Panel - The Measures Maelstrom (Meyer, Schmidt, Stark, Carey)

Data Speaks (A. Collins)

Panel - Can we design a Shoe that Fits (Moody-Williams, Karan, Elly, Nelson)

Courageous Conversations (K. Ham)

Social Media (D. Schatell)

Through Each Other's Eyes (J. Kitsen)

Change the Lens - Role Play (Molony, Titus-Howard)


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