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Patient, Family and Caregiver Engagement 2020 Initiative

The ESRD Network of Texas has been directed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to collaborate with ESRD providers and stakeholders within the state of Texas. The goal is to support facility efforts to increase patients, family and caregiver engagement at the facility level.

The Network shall ensure implementation of  interventions at the dialysis facility level that foster patient and family involvement in the areas of promoting better health for the ESRD population; BSI, transplant, and home dialysis.


Patient and Family Engagement 2020 Kickoff Webinar- Jan. 30th video  (video has additional tips) and slides .

Webinar Attestation Forms

2020 Patient & Family Engagement Intro Webinar Attestation


Patient and Family Engagement: Pre-project Survey- due Jan. 31st.

ATTENTION: The Network has streamlined the process of completing the PFE monthly survey. If you are in a Quality Improvement Activity (QIA) your new monthly survey will now include the PFE questions. This is a method we are trying to ensure all surveys are completed. What does this mean? You all will work as a team to compile the needed data to complete each monthly survey. The Network QIA Lead has sent a notice to the facility lead stating this new process. You will receive another reminder email with links for all QIA surveys (if you are in a QIA project) and for non-QIA project facilities (if you are not in a QIA project) you will receive a different survey link. Until further notice facilities will use this new process in hopes it will decrease your time in completing several surveys.

Feb. Patient and Family Engagement: Monthly Survey- Due last Friday of each month

March- Sep. Patient and Family Engagement (QIA PROJECT FACILITIES ONLY)- Due last Friday of each month.


March- Sep. Patient and Family Engagement (NON-PROJECT QIA FACILITIES ONLY):Monthly Survey- Due last Friday of each month



Patient Engagement Activities

Medical Education Institute (MEI)

  • Nutrition & Fluids learning module provides information about the value of eating real food, phosphorus absorption from food additives vs. meat and plants, graphics and photos, and brand-new meal plans and recipes.

Patient Information Exchange (P.I.E): Virtual Peer Support Groups 

Patient Engagement Education Page 

Patient Engagement Monthly Education

Plan of Care Patient Checklist (Pre and Post Meeting)

Managing Mental Health [icon=type=globe]

  • National Kidney Foundation (NKF), ESRD Network of Texas Patient Subject Matter Expert and Mental Health America of Great Dallas speak to the importance of mental health. Join us on this episode of Staying Home and Staying Health: “Managing Mental Health”


Patient Resources

Patient Resources

The Dialysis Patient Citizen’s Education Center is offering a telephone-based support group for people living with kidney disease. Print out the flyer: color / black and white