It is important for patients to understand their rights and responsibilities when it comes to access to dialysis. There are many factors that influence a person’s choice of dialysis unit: Location, Insurance, Availability and medical needs to name a few. If you are having difficulty finding a dialysis facility to begin treatment, or if you have been discharged from your dialysis facility, it is important that you contact the Network so that our trained staff can assist you in finding care.
Access to care cases include those involving involuntary discharge, involuntary transfer, and failure to place.
Involuntary Discharge (IVD)
An involuntary discharge is a discharge initiated by the treating dialysis facility without the patient’s agreement.
Involuntary Transfer (IVT)
An involuntary transfer occurs when the transferring facility temporarily or permanently closes due to a merger, or due to an emergency or disaster situation, or due to other circumstances, and the patient is dissatisfied with the transfer to another facility.
Failure to Place (F2P)
A failure to place is defined as a situation in which no outpatient dialysis facility can be located that will accept an ESRD patient for routine dialysis treatment.