scope of work

Under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Network works to support achievement of national quality improvement goals and statutory requirements as set forth in Section 1881 of the Social Security Act and the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1986. Network activities align with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) National Quality Strategy (NQS, the HHS Secretary Priorities, and CMS goals designed to result in improvements in the care of individuals with ESRD.
HHS Secretary Priorities include:

Priority 1:  Opioid Crisis
Priority 2:  Health Insurance Reform
Priority 3:  Drug Pricing
Priority 4:  Home ESRD Treatment Initiative
Priority 5:  Value-Based Care 

The CMS goals include:

Goal 1:  Empowering patients to make decisions about their healthcare
Goal 2:  Increasing state flexibility
Goal 3:  Developing innovative approaches to improving quality, accessibility, and affordability
Goal 4:  Improving the customer experience

The quality improvement activities in the contract may incorporate one or more of the Secretary’s priorities.  In order to support these priorities and goals, the Network may need to use interventions that target patients, dialysis/transplant providers, other providers, and/or other stakeholders. The Network also works to reduce disparities through data analysis and project interventions.