REACH CKD is a division of Dialysis Clinic, Inc. (DCI) that provides care to patients who have chronic kidney disease. The program consists of education, care coordination and navigation services to ensure the best care possible for people with kidney disease Our CKD Care Coordinators are patient advocates that work closely with area physicians to prolong kidney function as long as possible and ensure a successful transition to treatment if needed.
The REACH CKD Care Coordinator provides education, care coordination, and navigation services for patients with Chronic Kidney Disease.
Provide education and care coordination to individual patients and their families on the ongoing management of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and comorbid conditions, prolonging kidney function and modality choices.
Assess the patient needs and coordinate CKD services with the social worker, dietitian, and biller (if applicable) as well as REACH program partners, such as medication therapy management (MTM) to facilitate patient engagement and improved care.
Follow DCI and REACH policy and promote the REACH goals of prolonging kidney function and avoiding dialysis as long as medically possible, helping each patient make the choices best for him/her, improving management of risk factors and comorbid conditions, and if dialysis is needed, starting treatment in an outpatient setting with the best possible access.
Navigate referrals for hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis access placement, transplant, palliative care, hospice or any other services deemed necessary by the referring physician.
Actively encourage and act as an example of open communication between the physician, patient, staff and health care partners.
Maintain all required documentation and provide timely updated information to the referring physician. Participate in all corporate requests for data entry and information to ensure accurate quality reports and monitoring.
Ensure that monthly QAPI is done in a timely manner and documentation is done accordingly.
Education and Experience:
Graduation from an accredited nursing program (BSB, AA, diploma).
Applicant must have strong leadership skills, excellent communication skills and a demonstrated high level of clinical excellence.
Experience in renal care, dialysis, or kidney transplantation.
Ability to teach at a range of different education levels.
Proficient with Microsoft applications to track progress and develop reporting tools.
Certificates, Licenses and Registrations:
Possesses and maintains a current license in the State as a registered nurse.
Maintains current CPR certification.
DCI is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer-Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities. If you are having difficulty using the online application system or would like to request other accommodations or application methods, please contact Doug Patterson at Accommodations@dciinc.org or 615-327-3061. Once a request has been made, DCI will initiate a discussion with you about your needs and whether an accommodation can be provided. DCI is committed to providing such accommodations where possible.
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The primary responsibility of DCI is to perceive, initiate and provide comprehensive patient care. We serve society by providing care for patients with End-Stage Renal Disease. Our goal is complete patient rehabilitation. We recognize the patient as an individual resulting from his or her genetics, life experience, habits, beliefs, emotions; and as a member of his or her family and the community. The patient deserves the highest standard of care possible regardless of race, status or creed. The application of comprehensive care is on a personal level. We become acquainted with our patient as a person and seek to understand his/her problems and needs- physical, emotional, spiritual and social. Through a team approach, each staff member performs functions within his or her capabilities in his or her defined role based on the specific needs of the individual patient. Patient care is assessed, planned, implemented and evaluated with the consistent aim of improving care and finding more efficient and effective methods for delivery of care. Realistic goals which promote safe, therapeutically effective and individualized care for each patient are defined in the patient care plan. These goals adhere to quality standards of care within the framework of defined policies and procedures. The team strives to provide the highest quality of patient care possible through the utilization of available human and material resources.
There is, however, a further responsibility to which DCI is devoted. DCI was established as a non-profit corporation, hopefully to generate funds for research in order that the methods for treatment of ESRD patients might be improved. We are not content to dialyze the next group of patients in the same imperfect way that the last group was dialyzed without at least making the attempt to better the patient's lot through research. As a corollary to this, education of ESRD health care professionals is another goal to which DCI resources are dedicated to support.
DCI's philosophy has always been a commitment to patients. Patients complete a financial profile which aides the social workers in directing them to community services to assist them. Patients are also assisted in acquiring and maintaining primary and supplemental insurance. If a patient does not have primary or secondary insurance, every effort is taken to find a DCI facility that can accept the financial burden of an uninsured patient.
DCI endorses the patient's right to choose the facility and the mode in which the patient's ESRD should be treated, i.e., dialysis or transplant. To help ensure that those patients desiring transplant may be offered this form of treatment, DCI founded and remains closely affiliated with DCI Donor Services, Inc., which operates independent organ procurement agencies and also contributes to research to improve patient access to transplantation.
We are a non-profit service organization. The care of the patient is our reason for existence.