2/22+ CW Newsletter

The February CROWNWeb Newsletter has been published, including articles on the new CROWNWeb Data Submission Stopwatch and reminder emails, a report on Data Quality Improvement, announcement of a February 22, 2018 CROWNWeb Town Hall, and reminders of the February 28, 2018 CROWNWeb and QIP submission deadlines for FEMA Disaster Area and non-disaster area Clinical Months, ICH CAHPS Attestation, Pain Assessment, and Depression Screening.  Find a copy at http://mycrownweb.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/February_Newsletter_508.pdf.

2/1 CW Training Rescheduled

The CROWNWeb training session on Attestation, and the new clinical measures for Ultrafiltration, and Number of Dialysis Sessions, has been rescheduled for February 1, 2018.  Find more information and register at http://mycrownweb.org/pcw_lems/february-1st-attestation-ultrafiltration-and-number-of-dialysis-sessions-training-event/.

DFC January Update

CMS has announced that new data on the care quality of dialysis facilities is now available on Dialysis Facility Compare (DFC), the website that allows patients and health centers to view and compare quality data about dialysis facilities.  CMS uses this data, organized into a series of measures, to create a 5-Star Rating system that can help patients make educated decisions about where to get their dialysis treatments, as well as to assist them in speaking with their healthcare team regarding their care.

The January revision has updated information for Standardized Transfusion Ratios, Standardized Mortality Ratios, Standardized Hospitalization Ratios, Standardized Readmission Ratios, vascular access types (fistula and catheter), bloodstream infections, hemoglobin management, and the CAHPS survey on in-center hemodialysis patient experience.  The July 2017 DFC data for dialysis adequacy, hypercalcemia, serum phosphorus, and the facility Star Ratings will remain until the next update.

Find DFC at https://www.medicare.gov/dialysisfacilitycompare/#.

If you’re computer-savvy, you can download supplementary DFC data from https://data.medicare.gov/data/dialysis-facility-compare.

1/23+ CW Training Cancelled

The January 23, 2018 CROWNWeb training webinar on Attestation, and the new clinical measures for Ultrafiltration, and Number of Dialysis Sessions has been cancelled, to be rescheduled at a later date.  However, the slides for the webinar are available, at http://mycrownweb.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/CROWNWeb_5.1.3_Whats_NewVersion-2_508.pdf.  The deadline to Attest Exemption from the 2017 ICH-CAHPS Survey is February 28, 2018.  Clinical Depression Screening Reporting for 2017 must be Attested by January 31, 2018.

Patient Engagement QIA

We’ve added a brochure to the Network 16 website called Improving Patient-Centered Care: About the In-Center Hemodialysis Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Survey (ICH-CAHPS).

We’re again using ICH-CAHPS as a major part of our 2017 Patient-Engagement Quality Improvement effort; for more information see https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/qia/2017/ICH_CAHPS_QIA_Kickoff_021617.pdf .

For Network-18 versions of the brochure, call Eileen Boyte, MSW, Patient Services Director, at 888-268-1539.

Patient-Centered Care

We’ve added a brochure to the Network 16 website called Improving Patient-Centered Care: About the In-Center Hemodialysis Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Survey (ICH-CAHPS).  Find the English version at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/qia2016/ICH-CAHPS-survey-N16-v3.pdf and the Spanish version at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/qia2016/ICH-CAHPS-survey-n16-SPANISH-v2.pdf .  We’re again using ICH-CAHPS as a major part of our 2017 Patient-Engagement Quality Improvement effort; for more information see https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/qia/2017/ICH_CAHPS_QIA_Kickoff_021617.pdf .

For Network-18 versions of the brochure, call Eileen Boyte, MSW, Patient Services Director, at 888-268-1539.

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/ .