As a consequence of the considerations and discussions conducted in these debate tables and in order to prevent the essential purposes of chronic hemodialysis from being distorted, the Committee for the Promotion of the future Argentine Association of Private Dialysis and Transplantation Centers (Asociación Argentina de Centros Privados de Diálisis y Trasplantes) was created, an entity which should consider the ethical, physical, scientific and economic aspects of dialysis; pursuing the hierarchization of the dialysis process to prevent abuse and, therefore, secure a better quality of medical services based on an appropriate and modern infrastructure with high operating efficiency, both at the medical and technical levels, and serving patients irrespective of age, social status or condition.
In 1978, the conditions that dialysis centers were required to meet were described and the draft was sent to the Argentine Nephrology Society (Sociedad Argentina de Nefrología), where it was approved on July 8, 1978. The importance of these goals led the members who were in charge of the Association's final organization to provide their advice to the National Health Insurance Institute (Instituto Nacional de Obras Sociales) and to the National Public Health Secretariat. This entity passed resolution no. 3186/80, published in the official gazette on 2/25/82, where the requirements for correct performance at dialysis sites were detailed and to which PAMI [National Social Services Institute for Retirees] subsequently adhered.
On October 13, 1980, the creation of our Association finally turned into reality, authorities were elected and the Technical Commission was created in order to schedule teaching, scientific and audit activities. That same year, the first hemodialysis course for nurses and technicians was developed and, by the end of the year, together with the Argentine Nephrology Society, we created the Revista de Nefrología, Diálisis y Trasplantes which, throughout the years, has been and continues to be a permanent source of scientific exchange at the national and international levels. The 80s were marked by teaching activities, aimed at gaining access to the technological advances for most of the associates, and by collaboration for the drafting of the Dialysis Act, which was finally enacted during the presidency of Raúl Alfonsín.
In 1991, legal personality was obtained. Around midyear, in June, the first Dialysis Conference (Jornadas de Diálisis) titled Hemodialysis in our country, quality and socioeconomic aspects ("La hemodiálisis en nuestro país, calidad y aspectos socioeconómicos") was held. Prestigious speakers and representatives from all social security areas, vendors of hemodialysis supplies and partner and non-partner professionals from nephrology centers and facilities attended the conference. This conference was the precedent for the National Dialysis Quality Conference (Jornadas Nacionales de Calidad en Diálisis) held in 2000 by the Confederation of Dialysis Associations of the Argentine Republic (Confederación de Asociaciones de Diálisis de la República Argentina).
In 1994, the Association entered into the first agreement with the authorities of IOMA [health insurance for the public employees of the Province of Buenos Aires] for centralized management of patient discharges and billing submissions. The recitals of the agreement emphasize the purpose of securing that all patients with chronic and acute renal failure in the Province of Buenos Aires should have access to all appropriate and timely tests and therapeutic assistance, ensuring the quality of the services and the reduction of dialysis costs allocated to dialysis therapeutics, in order to provide assistance for needs that the provincial state may incidentally be unable to satisfy and with the purpose of restoring the regularity and normality of the service that up to this date had been provided by private nephrology facilities assigned to the ministry.
During that year, the Association organized a series of conferences with the goal of enabling the future transformation of the sector along the lines of “the future of the Argentine health system”, “total quality in healthcare” and “legal prevention in malpractice”. The conference attendees dealt with the implementation and start-up of a network that would enable all professionals and institutions interested in nephrology topics to communicate with each other by email in an easy and fluent way.
In 1998, the Argentine Víctor Raúl Miatello Nephrology Library was inaugurated, with a modern and fast computerized system, and our website was lauched. We will further discuss these two topics in the paragraphs below.
We have a close relationship with, and permanent participation in, INCUCAI (National Central Coordinating Institute for Ablation and Donation), which secures the information flow between associated centers and INCUCAI, with active cooperation in the creation of the National Dialysis Register through renowned professionals who are members of our Scientific and Quality Committees.
Gascón 88, Autonomous City of Buenos Aires
Phone: 55308900 (hunting line service)
Alfredo Casaliba, MD
Alfredo Spagnolo, MD
Miguel Der, MD
Guillermo Braslavsky, MD
Roberto Gregalio, MD
Juan Manuel Sagardoy Arce, MD
Fulvio Rainoldi, MD
Susana Giorgi, MD
Fernando Segovia, MD
Carlos Lavorato, MD
Pedro Quieto, MD
Substitute board members
Guillermo Alemano, MD
Leonardo Levy, MD
Hugo Beresan, MD
Roberto Serebrinsky, MD
Guillermo Montecchia, MD