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University of Michigan Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center


University of Michigan with funding from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).


The Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center at the University of Michigan (UM-KECC) is dedicated to the study of the cause, treatment and prevention of kidney disease.

Mode of Administration

The UM-KECC ESRD database consists of information from the CMS ESRD Program Management and Medical Information System, the Annual Facility Survey and Medicare dialysis and hospital payment records derived from Medicare claims supplemented by data from the Social Security Administration; these CMS-supplied data are comprehensive for Medicare patients. For non-Medicare patients, the database contains limited data from a variety of sources including data from the CMS Medical Evidence Form, the Organ Procurement and Transplant Network, the Death Notification Form and the Social Security Death Master File.

Primary Content

Data on patients receiving ESRD services, services rendered to ESRD patients, status and outcomes. Data for Medicare patients are comprehensive.

Data include transplant status, wait list status, hospital admissions, hematocrit levels, urea reduction ratio ranges, dialytic modalities, limited laboratory values, death, primary cause of ESRD, height, weight, place of service, employment status.

Population Targeted

All Medicare patients receiving end-stage renal services and some non-Medicare patients receiving these services.

Demographic Data

Age, gender, race, ethnicity, state of residence.

Years Collected

1999 to present. See entry for United States Renal Data System (USRDS) for information on prior years (1993-1999).



Geographic Estimates

National and state levels.

Contact Information

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University of Michigan Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center, Guide to the 2003 Dialysis Facility Reports: Overview, Methodology, and Interpretation, Ann Arbor, Michigan: University of Michigan Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center, Aug., 2003.

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