About Us

The End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Program was established in 1972, pursuant to the provisions of Section 2991, Public Law 92-603, of the Social Security Amendment of 1972. This legislation extended Medicare coverage to virtually all individuals with End-Stage Renal Disease who require kidney dialysis or transplantation to sustain life.

Subsequent legislation established health and safety standards applicable to ESRD service providers. In 1978, ESRD Networks were established to oversee the quality of care provided to patients with ESRD and serve as a liaison between the federal government and ESRD service providers.

Quality Insights Renal Network 5 is a nonprofit corporation which serves as the federal contractor for the Network 5 region, which encompasses Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. There are over 300 hemodialysis facilities and 12 renal transplant centers in the area, providing treatment to more than 23,000 dialysis patients and over 9,000 transplant recipients (2010 Annual Report, ESRD Network 5).

The activities of Quality Insights Renal Network 5 are under the direction of an 11-member Board of Directors. As the governing body of the Network, the Board assists in the development of goals, objectives, and general policies relating to all aspects of Network operations. An 19-member Medical Review Board (MRB) directs Quality Insights Renal Network 5's quality measurement, monitoring, and management initiatives. The MRB identifies Network-wide and facility-specific opportunities for improvement through routine monitoring of data profiles and pattern analysis. The 11-member Patient Advisory Committee, made up of patient representatives from all geographic areas and dialysis modalities within Network 5, serves to keep Network staff abreast of current patient issues and provide a patient perspective for Network projects and tasks.

Mission

Bringing people and information together to improve health.

Vision

Our vision is that, through collaboration, the best health outcomes for every person are a top priority in every community.

Core Values

  • Continuous Learning
  • Outstanding Collaboration
  • Renewing Innovation
  • Exceptional Integrity
  • Servant Leadership