QIP: 2/28 ICH CAHPS Exemption Deadline; New Admin Manual

Small dialysis facilities which are not required by the CMS QIP to administer ICH CAHPS may now choose between requesting an exemption annually, and requesting to be removed from the list of eligible facilities, but they must do one or the other before February 28, 2016.  A facility which subsequently treats 30 or more patients must re-register for ICH CAHPS.  For details see https://ichcahps.org/GeneralInformation/Announcements/tabid/269/EntryId/318/Default.aspx

ICH CAHPS has released a new version (4.0) of its Administration and Specifications Manual.  The new Manual is effective now and supersedes all earlier editions.  Find a copy at https://ichcahps.org/SurveyandProtocols/SurveyMaterials.aspx .

Last Day for NKF SCM Early Registration

February 19, 2016, is the last day for discounted early registration to attend the NKF 2016 Spring Clinical Meetings, to be held April 27 to May 1, 2016 in Boston.  Register at https://www.kidney.org/spring-clinical/registration/fees .  Find complete information on the Conference at https://www.kidney.org/spring-clinical .  Discounted registration is available only to members, but if you wish you can join at https://www.kidney.org/spring-clinical/membership .

QIP: Emergency Closures

CMS has finalized a rule (79 FR 66189) to exempt dialysis facilities from all ESRD QIP requirements during the time that the facility was forced to close temporarily due to a natural disaster or other extraordinary circumstances beyond the facility’s control.  

To request an CMS Disaster Extension/Exception Request Form (“ECE”) for a closure that occurred during 2015, facilities must submit their request to receive an ECE Form via email to ESRDQIP@cms.hhs.org , and file the ECE through http://www.qualitynet.org , no later than April 15, 2016.

The facility email request to ESRDQIP@cms.hhs.org must contain all of the following information:

  • Facility CCN and Name
  • CEO name and contact information
  • Additional contact name and contact information
  • Reason for requesting an exception
  • Dates affected
  • Date facility will start (or started) submitting data again, with justification for this date
  • Evidence of the impact of the extraordinary circumstances, including but not limited to photographs and newspaper or other media coverage

For emergency closures caused by a natural disaster or other extraordinary circumstances beyond the facility’s control during 2016 and beyond, ESRD facilities must request an ECE from ESRDQIP@cms.hhs.org via email, and file it through http://www.qualitynet.org , within 90 days after the end of the emergency event.

3/4, 3/16 DFC/DFR Changes Comment Period Expirations

CMS has extended the deadline for public comment on proposed changes to comorbidity adjustments in the Standardized Mortality Ratio (SMR) and Standardized Hospitalization Ratio (SHR) from February 22 to February 29, 2016.  See https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/2016/02/09/222-dfr-changes-comment-period-expiration/ .

They are now also seeking public comment on revisions to the Standardized Transfusion Ration (STrR) and to the DFC Star Ratings.  Comments on the STrR may be submitted between February 19 and March 4, 2016, and on the DFC Star Ratings until March 16, 2016.  For more information see:

Addiction Webinar Online

The University of Missouri-Kansas City has a new free online course on SBIRT for Health and Behavioral Health Professionals: How to Talk to Patients about Substance Use.  SBIRT stands for Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral for Treatment of substance abuse.   The course is available at https://www3.thedatabank.com/dpg/423/donate.asp?formid=meetb&c=8230290 and hosted at http://www.healtheknowledge.org/ .  The course is free for certificate of completion or for four hours of continuing education for nurses and social workers.  For more information, contact Heather J. Gotham, PhD, Project Director, UMKC-SBIRT at gothamhj@umkc.edu or (816) 235-5058.

Many-Language Kidney Guide

Dr Sanjay Pandya and other nephrologists have produced a book of 200+ pages, called Kidney Guide, for introducing patients to kidneys and their function, dysfunction, diseases, and treatments.  The book can be downloaded free from http://kidneyeducation.com/Publications.aspx in over twenty languages, including so far English, Spanish, Arabic, Bangla, Chinese, French, Gujarati, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Kannada, Kutchi, Malayalam, Marathi, Portuguese, Punjabi, Sindhi, Swahili, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu.