KCER: Kidney Community Emergency Response Coalition
Collaboratively develop, disseminate, implement and maintain a coordinated preparedness and response framework for the kidney community in the event of any type of emergency or disaster.
KCER is the leading authority on emergency preparedness and response for the kidney community by providing organization and guidance that seamlessly bridges emergency management stakeholders and the ESRD community nationwide.
- Raise public awareness of the critical needs of individuals with kidney failure and the providers who serve them, and the need to plan ahead to ensure that the life-saving dialysis services are available and obtainable in the event of an emergency and/or disaster;
- Promote and disseminate tools and resources so that these are available to individuals with kidney failure, dialysis facilities, and Federal, state, and emergency workers;
- Test and refine the national response strategy that has been put into place to assist Federal, state, and local efforts in the event of an emergency and/or disaster; and
- Plan for a possible flu pandemic.
KCER strives to provide resources to save lives, improve outcomes, empower patients and families, educate healthcare workers, build partnerships with stakeholders, promote awareness in the community, and support the ESRD Network Program.
The first National Disaster Summit for the kidney community was held in Washington, D.C. in January 2006. During the Summit, the Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) Coalition was formed in an effort to minimize disruption to life-sustaining dialysis and transplant services. The KCER is comprised of partners from the entire kidney community, representing: patient and professional organizations; practitioners serving the patient with kidney failure, such as nurses, technicians, dietitians, social workers, and physicians; providers, including independent dialysis facilities, large dialysis organizations and transplant facilities; hospitals; suppliers; ESRD Networks; state emergency and survey representatives; and federal agencies, including the FDA, CDC, NIH as well as CMS. The 2007 Summit was held on March 1 in Baltimore, Maryland. KCER continues to hold annual Summit meetings to promote emergency preparedness in the kidney community.
To read more about the history of the Coalition, read the CMS press release, "Medicare Announces Disaster Response Plan for Individuals with Kidney Failure."
Under contract with CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services), The ESRD Network Coordinating Center (NCC) serves as the administrative support lead for the Coalition. Contract Number HHSM-500-2013-NW002C .
ESRD Network Coordinating Center
1979 Marcus Avenue, Suite 105
Lake Sucess, NY 11042
- Susan Caponi,BSN, RN - Executive Director
- Michele Spillane - Project Director
- Joan Thomas, MPA, CEM, ABCP, MEP - KCER Emergency Management Coordinator
- David J. Miller, Jr., B.S., EMT-B - KCER Emergency Management Specialist
KCER Core Administrative Group
- Jefferson Rowland,CMS Contracting Officer's Representative
- Kathleen Egan,RN, MSN, CMS Government Task Leader
Previous Summit Reports, Final Reports and other reports:
- KCER 2006 Summit Report
- KCER 2007 Summit Report
- KCER 2008 Summit Report
- KCER 2009 Final Report
- Surviving the Storm: Disasters & Dialysis 2009
- KCER 2009-2010 Final Report
- 2010 KCER Drill Report — ShakeOut
- KCER 2011 Summit Report
- KCER 2011 Community Partner Final Report
- 2011 KCER Drill Report
- KCER 2011 Community Partner Meeting Report
- 2012 KCER Great Central US ShakeOut
- 2012 KCER Summit Report
- 2012 Summit Report: In the Eye of the Storm
- 2012 Hurricane Isaac After Action Report
- 2012 Hurricane Sandy After Action Report
- October 2012 Great ShakeOut Drill Report
- December 2012 Community Partner Meeting: Dialysis and Disasters - Report
- December 2012 Community Partner Meeting: Dialysis and Disasters - Presentation
- December 2012 Community Partner Meeting: Dialysis and Disasters - WebEx Recording