7/26 CW Town Hall re EQRS

CROWNWeb has announced the topic for their July 26, 2018 Town Hall meeting: The Journey From CROWNWeb to EQRS.  The head of the EQRS program, P. Nicole Crenshaw, will discuss the vision for EQRS, as well as the transition from CROWNWeb, ESRD QIP and REMIS to EQRS.  Additionally, the call will provide an overview of completing the Pain Assessments and Depression Screenings in CROWNWeb.  Register at http://mycrownweb.org/pcw_community_events/crownweb-town-hall-event-the-journey-from-crownweb-to-eqrs/.

6/28 CW Town Hall on EQRS2 and Goals

The June 28, 2018 CROWNWeb Town Hall, titled A Look into the Future, will include review of the CMS assessment of ESRD Quality Goals, and discussion of and screenshots of EQRS 2.0, which will combine CROWNWeb, the ESRD QIP, and REMIS.  For full details and registration, see http://mycrownweb.org/pcw_community_events/crownweb-town-hall-event-a-look-into-the-future/.

CW/NHSN Validation Study

CMS has announced that the RELI Group will be conducting a data validity and reliability study on CROWNWeb and NHSN data.  They have randomly selected 335 facilities nationwide and sent a certified letter to each selected facility (or their LDO) in February with instructions on how to participate.  Facilities that are selected but do not respond will have their QIP TPS reduced by ten points.  For details see https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/CMS/DVR.Memo.0118.pdf.

 

HICN and MBI News

CMS has announced several new resources to help facilities prepare for the conversion from Health Insurance Claim Numbers (HICN) to Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers (MBI), in order to remove Social Security Numbers from Medicare identifiers.  The conversion is called the Social Security Number Removal Initiative or SSNRI.  The resources include:

Beginning in April 2018, CMS will start sending new MBI Medicare cards to all beneficiaries.  It is recommended that facilities begin using the new Identifiers as soon as possible.  A transition period, where providers can use either HICN or MBI to exchange data with CMS, will begin no earlier than April 1, 2018, and run through December 31, 2019.