The CROWNWeb November Newsletter has been published, and announces a New User Training on November 13, 2018, and a November 29, 2018 Town Hall webinar. This issue of the Newsletter also has articles on the revised EQRS 2.0 Facilities tab, on how to enter foreign national patients into CROWNWeb, and on official clinical closure dates (note that Network requirements may differ), plus the usual links to useful resources. For more information on the New User Training class, see http://mycrownweb.org/pcw_lems/november-crownweb-new-user-training/. Find the Newsletter at http://mycrownweb.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/November_2018_Newsletter_1.5_508.pdf.
CMS has announced in the Federal Register that Accreditation Commission for Health Care, Inc. has applied to be recognized as an approved national accrediting organization for ESRD facilities. CMS is requesting comments about their application, with a deadline of December 3, 2018. For details see https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/11/02/2018-23925/medicare-and-medicaid-programs-accreditation-commission-for-health-care-inc-achc-for-approval-of-its.
CMS has filed the CY2019 Final Rule for Medicare Program; ESRD PPS, Payment for Renal Dialysis Services Furnished to Individuals with AKI, ESRD QIP, DMEPOS CBP and Fee Schedule Amounts, and Technical Amendments to Correct Existing Regulations Related to the CBP for Certain DMEPOS. Find the CMS press release at https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/press-releases/cms-finalizes-policies-modernize-and-drive-innovation-durable-medical-equipment-dme-and-end-stage, the Final Rule at https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2018-24238.pdf, and a fact sheet at https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/fact-sheets/cy19-esrddme-nprm-cms-1691-f-and-dmepos-competitive-bidding-program-temporary-gap-period.
The National Forum of ESRD Networks has revised the Dialysis Patient Depression Toolkit and added a video. Find the revised English version at http://esrdnetworks.org/resources/toolkits/patient-toolkits/new-toolkit-dialysis-patient-depression-toolkit/dialysis-patient-depression-toolkit-english and a Spanish version at http://esrdnetworks.org/resources/toolkits/patient-toolkits/new-toolkit-dialysis-patient-depression-toolkit/dialysis-patient-depression-toolkit-spanish. A related video interview with a dialysis patient has also been recorded. Find it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7Iv6JytQt4.
NHSN will present four ESRD Component trainings during November 2018. Listen-only audio for these will be available through your computer’s speakers. If you need audio via telephone, the dial-in number for all sessions is 303-248-0285 (toll), with access code 6393927.
- Introduction to the NHSN Dialysis Event Surveillance Protocol will be held on November 6, 2018 and repeated on November 7, to provide details necessary to meet the ESRD QIP requirements for NHSN reporting and BSI monitoring. Registration is required at:
CROWNWeb will present an October 18, 2018 training course on EQRS 2.0, and repeat the same course on October 19. Find more information and register at http://mycrownweb.org/education_/training-calendar/, and find more information about the new features of EQRS 2.0 on pp.17ff of http://mycrownweb.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/June_Town_Hall_508_Compliant.pdf.
The CROWNWeb October Newsletter can be found at http://mycrownweb.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/October_2018-Newsletter_508.pdf. This issue contains articles on the design process for EQRS 2.0, a reminder to keep your facility contact information current in CROWNWeb because it is used in emergencies like hurricanes, ICD-10 code updates, upcoming deadlines, and announcement of an October 25, 2018 CROWNWeb Town Hall meeting.
This month’s CROWNWeb New User Training will be held online on October 9, 2018. For details and registration, see http://mycrownweb.org/pcw_lems/october-crownweb-new-user-training/.