4/24 TEP for Meds Reconciliation

CMS is seeking nominations for members of  Technical Expert Panel to develop one or more quality measures related to medication reconciliation and management for ESRD patients.  Nominations are due by April 24, 2017.  For details see https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/MMS/TechnicalExpertPanels.html#ESRD%20Reconciliation .

3/31 NHSN QIP Deadline

To meet the CMS ESRD QIP NHSN reporting requirements for Payment Year 2018, outpatient hemodialysis clinics must by March 31, 2017 submit and correct their fourth quarter 2016 Dialysis Event data for October 1 through December 31, 2016.  New or revised fourth quarter data entered into NHSN after March 31 will not be sent to CMS.   Find more information at https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/dialysis/event/index.html and https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/ESRDQIP/index.html .

Patients: ESRD QIP

The Northwest Renal Network’s February 2017 Patient Bulletin is on What Is the ESRD QIP?  It briefly describes the ESRD Quality Incentive Program that adjusts the reimbursement your facility receives from Medicare depending on how well it meets performance standards.  Your facility is required to post a Performance Score Certificate showing their results, and you can also find the information on the Medicare Dialysis Facility Compare website at https://www.medicare.gov/dialysisfacilitycompare/ .  Find the Bulletin at https://www.nwrn.org/patients-a-family/ptedres/mon.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/ .

2/7 CW Deadline Extension

CMS has announced that the January 31, 2017 deadline for entering November 2016 clinical data has been extended to February 7, 2017.  The extension includes

  • November 2016 clinical data
  • Pain assessment
  • Depression screening
  • ICH CAHPS Survey attestation for the ESRD QIP

All originally due by January 31, 2017.

PY2017 PSRs Released

CMS has released ESRD QIP PY 2017 Final Performance Score Reports (PSRs) for outpatient dialysis facilities.  This PSR finalizes your facility’s performance, including any revisions from the Preview Period.  In addition, PY 2017 performance and payment-reduction information for all facilities is posted on Dialysis Facility Compare at https://www.medicare.gov/dialysisfacilitycompare/ and the ESRD QIP website at https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/ESRDQIP/index.html .  To retrieve your Final PSR and Performance Score Certificates, access your account via QualityNet at https://www.qualitynet.org/ .  For questions about the Final PSR or the program, contact ESRDQIP@cms.hhs.gov .

SC 1/30+ CA Dialysis Conference

The California Dialysis Council will present their 35th Annual Education Conference March 2-4, 2017 in Desert Hot Springs CA.  The Conference will include sessions on PD, fluid management, facility ratings, staffing, worries, survey issues, HIPAA audits, CEO/CMO panel, disaster planning, legislation, and motivation.  Exhibitors must register by January 30, 2017.  Early attendee registration discounts, and registration cancellation refunds, are available till February 3, 2017, and room reservations at the Conference hotel till February 8, 2017.  Find the Conference brochure at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/CADialysis0317.pdf .  Find additional information and register at http://www.californiadialysis.org/events/35th-Annual-Educational-Conference-2017-46/details .