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Governance and Compliance

Network 16

Board of Directors

New board members of ESRD Network 16 are elected by the Network board of directors through a selection process of the board’s nominating committee. Annual elections are completed no later than January 31 each year. Board members serve staggering terms from one to three years with one-third of the board turning over each year. There is a mandatory rotation of board members after six consecutive years. All board members serve with no compensation other than per diem for in-person board meetings.

If you are interested in serving on the Network 16 board of directors, please contact Stephanie Hutchinson at shutchinson@comagine.org.

Board Members

Katrina Russell, RN, CNN
Chair
Current term length: 3 years
Initial appointment: 2016
Max board term: 2022
Affiliation: Dialysis Consulting Group
Profession: Nurse
State: Washington

Faye Wong, RN, CNN
Vice Chair
Current term length: 2 years
Initial appointment: 2016
Max board term: 2021
Affiliation: DaVita
Profession: Nurse
State: Oregon

John Stivelman, MD
Board Member — Medical Review Board Chair
Current term length: 2 years
Initial appointment: 2016
Max board term: Appointed; no max term
Affiliation: University of Washington/Northwest Kidney Center
Profession: Physician
State: Washington

Nancy Colobong-Smith MN, ARNP, CNN
Board Member
Current term length: 1 year
Initial appointment: 2017
Max board term: 2021
Affiliation: University of Washington
Profession: Nurse
State: Washington

Roger Gravgaard
Board Member — Patient Advisory Council Representative
Current term length: 3 years
Initial appointment: 2016
Max board term: Appointed; no max term
Affiliation: Business owner
Profession: Patient SME
State: Montana

Christine Logar, MD
Board Member
Current term length: 3 years
Initial appointment: 2019
Max board term: 2025
Affiliation: Swedish
Profession: Physician
State: Washington

Jessie Pavlinac, MS, RD, CSR, LD
Board Member — Medical Review Board Vice Chair
Current term length: 2 years
Initial appointment: 2016
Max board term: Appointed; no max term
Affiliation: OHSU
Profession: Dietician
State: Oregon

Casey Stowell, MBA
Board Member
Current term length: 1 year
Initial appointment: 2019
Max board term: 2024
Affiliation: Fresenius
Profession: Administrator
State: Oregon

 

Medical Review Board

The medical review board (MRB) consists of representatives of professional disciplines in ESRD care, including two patient representatives. The MRB evaluates the quality and appropriateness of care delivered to patients with end-stage renal disease. The board of directors reviews nominations and approves the membership of the MRB. The MRB determines the terms of its membership. Members serve without compensation.

Functions of the MRB include:

  • Advising the Network on the care and appropriate placement of ESRD patients on dialysis in the Network service area
  • Setting standards regarding physician management of patient discharges that encourages all patients be maintained in consistent dialysis care regardless of patient compliance
  • Advising the Network on all work associated with the statement of work

If you are interested in serving on the Network 16 medical review board, please contact Stephanie Hutchinson at shutchinson@comagine.org.

 

Network Council

The Network council is composed of a representative from each dialysis facility in the Network service area (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington).

What is the Network council?

The Social Security Act, Section 1881 (C)-(c)(1)(A)(i)-designated “network administrative organizations” which, in accordance with regulations of the Secretary, included establishment of a “network council of renal dialysis and transplant facilities located in the area.” Each Network may have different processes in place regarding who constitutes the council membership as well as their roles, but all Networks must adhere to the basic regulations. The complete Social Security Act, which includes information on Medicare coverage, the patient registry, Networks and providers, is located online.

Who are the members of this Network’s council?

Each Medicare-certified ESRD treatment facility in the Network area has one representative to the council. In addition, the Network board of directors may approve additional members of the council. When the facility submits their facility roster to the Network, the person listed as the Facility Representative is considered their designated member of the council. The facility must notify the Network if this person has changed. Transplant center representatives are also included in the membership.

What are the responsibilities of the Facility Representative on the Network council?

This role includes assisting the Network in identifying the ongoing needs of the renal community and making recommendations to the Network on programs, activities and approaches to identified needs and issues. The Facility Representative also is the key person responsible for assuring their facility is participating with Network-directed goals and activities as required by the federal Conditions for Coverage (dialysis facilities) and Conditions for Participation (transplant centers) regulations. If a facility is out of compliance with Network activities, the Facility Representative will be the recipient of Network communications regarding this situation. The Facility Representative also casts the facility vote for the Network board of directors elections.

How can council members give input to the Network?

The Network receives ongoing feedback from council members via their phone and email contacts with Network staff. There is a yearly Network council virtual meeting to provide a Network update and solicit input. An annual environmental scan is also sent to all Network council members to understand priorities and barriers of facilities.

What types of assistance can the Network provide to council members and others?

Network staff members are qualified in their respective fields to provide technical and educational assistance to the community on a variety of subjects including clinical, data, social service and administrative areas.

 

Patient Advisory Council

The patient advisory council (PAC) is an active committee of 15 ESRD patients who volunteer their time to inform the Network and its board of directors about the needs of patients.

The Network 16 PAC:

  • Helps the Network identify common patient concerns, problems and educational needs
  • Focuses on issues that affect patient care and quality of life
  • Empowers fellow patients to be involved in their health care

If you are interested in serving on the Network 16 PAC:

PAC members are:

  • From all treatment modalities and transplant
  • Willing to commit two years as a member
  • Able to attend quarterly telephone meetings and an annual face-to-face meeting
  • Outgoing and open communicators
  • Have access to a working telephone and email

 

Network Staff

Stephanie Hutchinson, MBA
Executive Director

Barbara Dommert-Breckler, RN, BSN, CNN
Quality Improvement Director

Lisa Hall, LICSW, MSW
Patient Services Director

Leah Skrien
Information Management Director