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Indicator Details: Point Prevalent Counts of Transplant Facilities and Patients Receiving Kidney Transplantsa
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a Adapted from the 2020 USRDS Annual Data Report (United States Renal Data System, 2020).

At the end of 2017, there were 310 facilities performing transplants, at which 20,167 patients received kidney transplants. There was an average of 65 patients per facility within the United States.

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The number of facilities performing transplants has overall increased from 1991 to 2017, from 230 in 1991 to 310 in 2017, although not nearly as dramatically as the increase in dialysis facilities. However, this represents a much larger increase in the number of patients being transplanted (10,011 in 1991 to 20,167 in 2017). The average number of patients per facility has varied from 43 in 1991 to 65 in 2017.

The United States Renal Data System (USRDS) is a national registry of all patients treated for end-stage renal disease (ESRD) in the United States. It is sponsored by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease (NIDDK) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that reports prevalence of all treated ESRD in the United States. U.S. population denominators are determined through U.S. Census data. Tables from the USRDS annual report (United States Renal Data System, 2020) are publicly available for download.

Description of MeasureDialysis and transplant centers (stage 5)
Type of Data SourcePublic
Health Care System DataNo
Regional or National?National
Demographic GroupFacilities with Medicare-eligible U.S. citizens with ESRD
Definition of CKDStage 5, <15 ml/min per 1.73 m² with Medicare-eligibility for ESRD-related treatment
Primary Data Source IndicatorDecember 31 point prevalent counts of facilities performing dialysis/transplants
Primary Indicator Method of MeasurementClaims
Frequency of Measurement (Primary)Annual (cross-sectional)
U.S. Region Covered by Primary VariableAll
Period Currently Available


Additional Data Items of InterestType/ownership of facilities, treatment modalities offered, center staffing
Limitations of IndicatorOnly those who are Medicare-eligible are captured & eligibility may be delayed
Analytic ConsiderationsPoint vs. period prevalent counts; census data can be used for population denominator (per U.S. population)
References and Sources:
  • United States Renal Data System. 2020 USRDS Annual Data Report: Epidemiology of kidney disease in the United States. National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, Bethesda, MD, 2020.

Suggested Citation:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Chronic Kidney Disease Surveillance System—United States.
website. http://www.cdc.gov/ckd