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April is National Donate Life Month
Save the date for the upcoming in-person events at Quality Conference, April 10th, Baltimore, MD, and NKF, May 17th, Long Beach, CA.


To accomplish the goals of the Advancing American Kidney Health initiative, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) in collaboration with Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) created the End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Treatment Choices Learning Collaborative (ETCLC).

The collaborative boasts over 350 organizations that are encouraged to share best and promising practices across the kidney transplant continuum. The goal of the ETCLC is to improve kidney recovery, donation, and utilization in rapid-cycle quality improvement activities so people with end stage renal disease have greater access to kidney transplantation.


A Collaborative Built for a Broad Community

The ETCLC will bring transplant centers, Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs), donor hospitals, patients, and donor families together to reduce the disparity in performance among OPOs and transplant centers with the goal of increasing kidney recoveries by OPOs and utilization of kidneys by transplant centers.

Supported by National Leaders

ETCLC members are supported by a National Faculty and Leadership Coordinating Council made up of thought leaders and organizations in the field of organ recovery and transplant.

Dedicated QI Coaches Leveraging a Tested Change Package

ETCLC members are guided by a national network of quality improvement coaches who lead QI Teams to identify best and promising practices that drive recovery and utilization performance and spread these practices throughout the kidney transplant community using the Kidney Donation and Utilization Change Package.

Amplifying the Patient and Family Voice

People on dialysis, transplant recipients, and donor family members have an important voice and role in the ETCLC by identifying patient and family education needs around organ donation and transplant.


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