CROWNWeb has announced the topics for their January 17, 2019 Town Hall meeting. They encompass completing Calendar Year 2018 CROWNWeb reporting requirements, including requirements and closure dates for ICH CAHPS Attestation, Pain Assessment, Depression Screening, and the CMS-2744 Annual Facility Survey. Several new EQRS features will also be presented. Register at http://mycrownweb.org/pcw_community_events/january-2019-town-hall/.
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/.
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/.
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.
CROWNWeb will offer CMS-2744 Annual Facility Survey Training on April 3, 2017. For more information and registration see http://mycrownweb.org/pcw_lems/cms-2744-annual-survey-training-april/ .
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:
- The SSNRI home page – https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/SSNRI/Index.html
- SSNRI implications for providers – https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/SSNRI/Providers/Providers.html
- Information on the Transition Period – https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/SSNRI/Index.html#target
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.
CROWNWeb will hold a one-hour CMS-2744 Annual Facility Survey Training webinar on March 16, 2017. For more information and to register, see http://mycrownweb.org/pcw_lems/cms-2744-annual-survey-training-march/ .