Notify Network of Service Disruptions

CMS requires ESRD Networks to track the status of facility operations and patient access to treatment during emergency events at all facilities, including disruption due to the COVID-19 coronavirus.  If the operations of your facility, or ability for patients to have access to dialysis, are impacted by emergency events, please let your Network know right away.

For Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska (Network 16), call Lisa Hall at 206-923-0714 or email LHall@Comagine.org, or Brianna Smith at BSmith2@Comagine.org.  We also ask that you fill out and submit the Network Disaster Reporting Form at http://www.esrdnetwork18.org/machform/view.php?id=44393.  Network 18 will forward the completed form back to Network 16.

In Southern California (Network 18), call Eileen Rhodes or Anabel Galindo-Guerrero at 888-268-1539, or email ERhodes@Comagine.org or AGalindo-Guerrero@Comagine.org, and fill out the form at http://www.esrdnetwork18.org/machform/embed.php?id=16298.

Never put PHI or PII in an email or online form.  Examples include patient name or initials, birthdate, SSN, and other identifying information.

New CDC HAN re Coronavirus

CDC has published a new February 28, 2020 Health Alert Network Advisory on Update and Interim Guidance on Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), replacing the Guidance in the previous February 1, 2020 HAN.  Find it at https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/2020/han00428.asp?deliveryName=USCDC_511-DM21359.

3/2+ EQRS/QIP Deadline Extended to March 16

CMS is extending the March 2, 2020 deadline till March 16, 2020 (11:59 pm PST) for submission to EQRS of the following QIP and Clinical data:

  • ICH CAHPS Attestation.
  • Clinical Depression Screening and Follow-Up Plan.
  • December 2019 Clinical Data Submissions.

The extension applies only to the March 2020 data submission, and will have no effect on other due dates.  Facilities are encouraged to complete their HARP registration as soon as possible, as HARP is now the mandatory gateway to EQRS.  HARP training materials, Quick Start Guides, FAQs, and instructional videos can be found https://mycrownweb.org/harp-training/.  The QualityNet Service Desk at qnetsupport-esrd@hcqis.org or 1-866-288-8912 can provide assistance and answer questions.

New ICD-10 Codes for COVID-19 Coronavirus

CDC has issued new documents on ICD10 coding for the current “COVID-19” (nee “2019-nCoV”) coronavirus that first warranted attention in December 2019 in Wuhan, China:

These documents are put into context on CDC’s ICD10-CM page at https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/icd/icd10cm.htm.

CMS has also created a new billing code specific to testing for the COVID-19 virus.  For details see https://www.cms.gov/outreach-and-educationoutreachffsprovpartprogprovider-partnership-email-archive/2020-02-20#_Toc32923423.

RSN KidneyTalk re Boundaries

In Blurred Lines: Keeping Safe Boundaries at a Dialysis Clinic, Lori and Network 18 Patient Services Director Eileen Rhodes discuss the problems that can arise when patients and staff become friends.  Find this recorded podcast at https://www.rsnhope.org/kidneytalk/blurred-lines-keeping-safe-boundaries-at-a-dialysis-clinic/.

Previous podcasts can be found at https://www.rsnhope.org/, along with information about the Renal Support Network’s Annual Teen Prom, Annual Essay Contest, Monthly Support Group Meetings, Public Speaking Training, KidneyTalk Magazine, HOPEline Peer Support Hotline, KidneyTalk Blog, Renal Recipes, and the many other services RSN provides for ESRD patients.

New CMS ACO and ESCO Resources

CMS has added many new tools to it’s Accountable Care Organization home page, including several on ESRD Seamless Care Organizations.  Examples from February 2020 include these Case Study PDFs:

  • Keystone ACO’s Health Navigator Program to Identify and Close Care Gaps.
  • Atlantic Dialysis Management Services’ Patient Navigator Program.
  • Centers for Dialysis Care’s Patient Advisory Committees.

The Comprehensive ESRD Care Model page has also been recently updated.  Find links to all these and more at https://innovation.cms.gov/initiatives/aco/.