patient advisory committee (pac)

Patient Advisory Coimmittee logoMission

The mission of the Patient Advisory Committee (PAC) is to assist Network 5 in promoting patient-centered quality care. It serves as the voice of the Network’s ESRD patient population, thereby expressing the concerns and needs of patients. The committee provides an opportunity to impact the quality of care in the dialysis facility.


The committee assists Quality Insights in understanding the issues facing kidney patients. The committee is task-oriented and goal directed. It is not a forum in which patients can bring their personal agenda. The committee cannot be involved in lobbying or political activities due to the corporation’s tax exempt status. The tasks must reflect QIRN5’s mission. The committee is led under the Patient Services Director and the Network’s Board of Directors.


At minimum, the PAC will:

  • Provide input into the development of informational and educational materials for patients and families/caregivers;
  • Offer a patient perspective on the selection and development of all Network Quality Improvement Activities; and,
  • Offer a patient perspective to the Network in interpreting the results of all Network QIAs and to the discussion of any changes resulting from QIA findings.

Committee Membership

The PAC consists of a minimum of 15 members. Family/caregivers may be included as members. Membership reflects the Network area and all various treatment modalities. Prospective members may be recruited from patient subject matter experts (SME) participating in patient engagement learning and action network activities, and recommendations from Network Council members and PAC members, as well as submitted applications. Final approval is received from the BOD.
Once approved by the BOD, new members will received a formal welcoming letter and orientation. Their term will begin at the next scheduled PAC meeting, or when specified by the BOD/PSD. There are no term limits. PAC members who have missed three consecutive meetings may be replaced.


The Committee meets quarterly (by conference call). Members are expected to attend all meetings as physically able. An annual celebratory dinner is held with the Network’s annual Council Meeting, in which many PAC members present as speakers. The Network makes accommodations for PAC Members to attend these in-person meetings. The Network pays all travel costs, including hotel and meals. Travel advances are available as needed. PAC members also will have a chance to learn about issues and policies that affect the ESRD community.

For more information about the PAC, contact Amber Paulus at or 1.800.642.8686, ext. 7606.