January 2015 QDFC and Star Ratings

The Preview Period for the January 15 Quarterly Dialysis Facility Compare (QDFC) Reports has begun.  The Preview Reports were made available on November 7.

The preview period will run 15 days, concluding at 5:00 p.m. (ET) on Monday, November 24.  During this time, the QDFC-Preview for January 2015 reports will be available to facilities on the new Dialysis Data website, http://www.DialysisData.org.  Facilities can submit QDFC comments and questions via this website during this period.

Please note the QDFC-Preview for January 2015 reports will be located at the new website address: http://www.DialysisData.org.  New Master Account Holder information has been distributed to your facility in previous bulletins.

The URR and hgb measures have been removed.  A Standardized Readmission Ratio (SRR) and the Star Ratings have been added.

Upon careful consideration of comments provided to CMS from the community, including dialysis facilities, consumer advocates, patients, and interested professional societies, they have decided to continue with the Star Ratings methodology presented previously.  The posted star ratings will use the same data previewed by facilities during the July 2014 preview period, and this data will be updated on an annual basis beginning in October 2015.

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