See the category QIP, PSC, PSR, PPS, DFC, and DFR for information on…

  • The ESRD Quality Incentive Program (QIP)
  • The QIP Performance Score Certificate (PSC)
  • The QIP Performance Score Report (PSR)
  • The Prospective Payment System (PPS)
  • Dialysis Facility Compare (DFC)
  • Dialysis Facility Report (DFR)

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DFC & QIP Conference Calls

CMS will hold a series of National Provider Calls on Dialysis Facility Compare (DFC) and the ESRD Quality Incentive Program (QIP) in July.  They include…

Presentations materials will be posted to the individual links listed above prior to the calls.  For background information, see https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/category/facility-administration/qip-psc-psr-pps-dfc-and-dfr/ and https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/2014/06/09/dfr-dfc-and-qip-psr-review/.

Benicar/Olmesartan Alert Revised

The FDA has announced that after review, it has revised its previous warning about possible increased risk of cardiovascular events when diabetic patients use olmesartan to reduce blood pressure.  Olmesartan is sold as Benicar, Benicar HCT, Azor, Tribenzor, and Generics.  While the FDA concludes that benefits outweigh risks, they are asking that information from some of the studies they reviewed be included in the drug label.  For details see http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm402616.htm.


Access: Lifeline for a Lifetime

The ESRD Network Coordinating Council has released the second edition of their Lifeline for a Lifetime One-Minute Access Check toolkit, which we introduced at https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/2014/05/20/vascular-access-check-tool/.  We’ve put a poster describing the toolkit at http://www.nwrenalnetwork.org/N/NCCLifeline.pdf.  Find the toolkit itself at http://www.esrdncc.org/index/professionals-lifeline-for-a-lifetime, and don’t miss the enhanced list of related resources available at http://www.esrdncc.org/index/professionals-other-resources.

QIP, DFC, and DFR Actions

All Facility Administrators and Medical Directors should by now have received instructions from the Network and from CMS about their QIP PSR, DFC, and DFR reports.  Please contact the Network if you have not.  Facilities will have from July 15 to August 15, 2014 to submit comments, request clarification, and request formal review.

CMS will provide two National Provider Calls on the QIP…

For more information, see