Colleague Connection

Chronic Kidney Disease Surveillance System established for the United States

Collaboration is a key component of innovation. To facilitate novel approaches for tackling chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease, the University of Michigan Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center continues to promote health, improve clinical practice and patient outcomes, optimize resource utilization, and inform public policy regarding organ failure and organ transplantation.

The unique multidisciplinary center represents a collaboration between the University of Michigan health system and School of Public Health. More than 25 faculty-investigators —representing the departments of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Health Management and Policy, Surgery and Internal Medicine, work on UM-KECC projects.

UM-KECC, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and University of California, San Francisco, has successfully established a Chronic Kidney Disease Surveillance System for the entire United States, which assesses the prevalence and impact of CKD on the health care system as well as resources utilized by those with CKD. 

ESRD database is the backbone for the research of UM-KECC, which maintains a large database that was assembled in 1988 with the first United States Renal Data System (USRDS).  Since that time, this database has been updated and expanded to support ongoing government contracts.  

Keeping abreast of changes and improvements in data collection, UM-KECC continues to work with CMS to incorporate new data sources, such as CROWNWeb (a new system allowing dialysis facilities to report large amounts of data about each of their patients), in measure developments as well as in calculation of existing facility-level quality measures, such as those reported in the DFRs.  

The work done by UM-KECC also involves disseminating timely, accurate, and complete reports of these quality measures to inform patients, providers, and policy makers.   UM-KECC produces and securely distributes Dialysis Facility Reports (DFRs) for approximately 6,000 dialysis facilities each year.

The UM-KECC Research Seminar Series features talks from internationally renowned experts from a wide variety of professional disciplines within the University of Michigan, as well as from around the world. Presentations showcase cutting-edge research done in Nephrology, Cardiology, Cancer, Organ Transplantation, Biostatistics, Health Policy and Economics, Global Health, Epidemiology and various other topics.  

UM-KECC faculty and staff produce numerous publications annually, appearing in such periodicals as the American Journal of Transplantation and the American Journal of Kidney Disease.