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


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.

12/8-12 CW Down

The CROWNWeb maintenance and unavailability that was scheduled for December 8-11, 2016 has now been extended to span December 8-12, 2016.  In addition to CROWNWeb, the unavailable systems will include EQRS, QIP, REMIS, NwHIN, QARM, the QualityNet Secure Portal, Measures Engine, and Data Exchange.  Down time will run from 6pm PST on December 8 until 9pm PST on December 12.  

For additional information or assistance, please contact the QualityNet Help Desk at or (866) 288-8912 Monday through Friday 5am-5pm PST.