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KCER: Kidney Community Emergency Response Coalition

About KCER


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.



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-500-2010-NW002C .

Mailing Address:

ESRD Network Coordinating Center
1979 Marcus Avenue, Suite 105
Lake Sucess, NY 11042


KCER Staff

KCER Core Administrative Group

Summit Presentations

Previous Summit Reports, Final Reports and other reports:

Site Map

The ESRD Network Coordinating Center (NCC)
1979 Marcus Avenue, Suite 105 - Lake Success, NY 11042 - Phone 1-866-901-ESRD (3773) - Fax 516-326-7805
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