CW/NHSN Validation: AST

Facilities need to be aware that Allegheny Science & Technology (AST) is under contract with CMS to validate the accuracy of CROWNWeb and NHSN data.  AST has a data use agreement in place with CMS to request and receive patient records from dialysis facilities for this purpose.  The project is described in the PY2017 final rule, which can be found at  https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/ESRDQIP/05_LawsandRegs.html .

2/10 QIP Deadline Extended Again

CMS has again extended the CROWNWeb deadline, to February 10, 2017, for submitting November 2016 clinical data, including the pain assessment, depression screening, and ICH CAHPS Survey attestation for the ESRD QIP, all originally due by January 31, 2017.  See http://mycrownweb.org/2017/02/november-2016-clinical-closure-extension-to-february-10-2017/ .