New Reports: USRDS, OPTN, SRTR, UNOS

The US Renal Data System (USRDS) 2019 Annual Data Report: Epidemiology of Kidney Disease in the United States has been released on paper.  The online version was released in November 2019.  Find the Report at https://www.ajkd.org/issue/S0272-6386(19)X0003-7, and the USRDS ADR page at https://www.usrds.org/adr.aspx.

The Annual Data Report of the OPTN and SRTR (the US Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network and the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients) is now available, documenting data pertaining to the period 2007-2018.  Find it at https://srtr.transplant.hrsa.gov/annual_reports/2018_ADR_Preview.aspx.  Find the OPTN home page at https://optn.transplant.hrsa.gov/ and SRTR at https://www.srtr.org/.

The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) has published new vision and mission statements.  Find them at https://unos.org/news/introducing-unos-new-mission-and-vision/.

12/13 CMS Public Comment Request on 2744s

CMS has filed a request on the Federal Register for public comment on the necessity, adequacy, and efficiency of their routine annual data collection using Form 2744 or Annual Facility Survey.  Find details and commenting instructions at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/10/14/2016-24813/agency-information-collection-activities-proposed-collection-comment-request .  Comments are due by December 13, 2016.

Dialysis Care QI Conference 1/25-27/16, Orlando

The Dialysis Care Quality Improvement Conference will be held January 25-27, 2016 in Orlando FL.  Major agenda tracks: QI-program benchmarks against national experience, industry-tested patient-education action steps, and best practices for improving critical QIP measures.  Speakers from CMS will discuss the QIP and related topics.  The intended audience includes facility and Network managers.  For complete information and to register, see http://www.dialysiscareconference.com/

Webinar on Data.Medicare.Gov for DFC Downloads

CMS will provide an hour-long webinar titled “Data.Medicare.Gov: Get Started!” at 1pm EDT on Thursday May 16, 2013.  Effective July 2013, www.Data.Medicare.Gov will be the platform for downloadable data from the Medicare.gov Compare websites (Dialysis Facility Compare, Home Health Compare, Hospital Compare, and Nursing Home Compare). 

The webinar will provide an introduction to Data.Medicare.Gov, demonstrate options for accessing the data, and describe how to make use of the site’s tools for exploring and interacting with the data.  The webinar is appropriate for both technical and non-technical users of Compare website data – for example, researchers, health care administrators, and quality improvement professionals. 

WEBINAR REGISTRATION INFORMATION: In order to receive log-in information, you must register for the webinar though the following link: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/vutakpmjxr7j.  Participants are strongly encouraged to register early because space is limited, and to dial in 10 minutes early to ensure that you are able to connect and view the presentation. 

If you are unable to attend on May 16, you can view a video of the webinar in the Help section of http://www.data.medicare.gov following the event, or you can visit http://www.data.medicare.gov any time and click the Help button to find a variety of useful videos and resources to help you use the site.