The QualityNet Secure Portal may be temporarily unavailable between 5 p.m. PST Friday November 17, 2017 and 3:00 am PST on Monday November 20, to allow for required maintenance.
QualityNet has also added a new QIP PY2018 subsection to their website, which includes Frequently Asked Questions, PY2018 Guide to PSRs, PY2018 Facility User Manual, and PY2018 Facility User Quick Start Guide. Find these resources at https://www.qualitynet.org/dcs/ContentServer?c=Page&pagename=QnetPublic%2FPage%2FQnetTier2&cid=1228776130562 .
CMS has published an update to Publication 100-02, Medicare Benefit Policy Manual, Chapter 11, section 50, on “Implementation of Changes in the ESRD PPS and Payment for Dialysis Furnished for AKI in ESRD Facilities for CY2018,” dated November 3, 2017. Find the document at https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Guidance/Transmittals/2017Downloads/R237BP.pdf .
CMS has published a Final Rule on Updates to Policies and Payment Rates for End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System, Quality Incentive Program, and Payment for Renal Dialysis Services Furnished to Individuals with Acute Kidney Injury, dealing with CY2018 and PY2019-2021. The Rule is effective January 1, 2018. Find the complete Rule on the Federal Register at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/11/01/2017-23671/medicare-program-end-stage-renal-disease-prospective-payment-system-payment-for-renal-dialysis , and a CMS summary at https://www.cms.gov/Newsroom/MediaReleaseDatabase/Fact-sheets/2017-Fact-Sheet-items/2017-10-27.html .
The November CROWNWeb Newsletter is now available, at http://mycrownweb.org/news/newsletters/ . The feature article gives Orange County facilities an extra two months to complete their CROWNWeb data entry, since Orange County is a FEMA-designated disaster area. New deadlines are:
- For Clinical Month August 2017 – December 31, 2017
- For Clinical Month September 2017 – January 31, 2018
- For Clinical Month October 2017 – February 28, 2018
- For Clinical Month November 2017 – March 31, 2018
- For Clinical Month December 2017 – April 30, 2018
CMS asks, however, that facilities do their best to file their Forms 2728 as early as possible in order to avoid delays in coverage for beneficiaries.
The Newsletter also includes an article for facilities affected by wildfires or other emergencies, whether or not they are located in a FEMA-designated disaster area (and any facility needing an additional exception), on how to file an Extraordinary Circumstance Exception (ECE) request, and how their PY2019 QIP Final Performance Score will be calculated as a result.
An article on using the Facility Dashboard rounds out this issue of the CROWNWeb Newsletter. The issue also announces a CROWNWeb Town Hall on November 30, 2017.
UM-KECC has announced that the annual Dialysis Data Master Account Holder password reset, which typically takes place in October of each year, will occur in early December, after the completion of the November DFC preview period. Further information about the reset process will be distributed in the coming weeks. For questions contact the UM-KECC DialysisData helpdesk at email@example.com.
As part of a contract with the University of Michigan to develop a quality measure on Hospital Emergency Department Visits, CMS has issued a call for public comments, which are due by 13 November, 2017. For more information and comment instructions, see https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/MMS/PC-Currently-Accepting-Comments.html#0001 .
In order to be considered in your QIP Performance Score, infection surveillance data for April through June 2017 must be entered, and corrections made, in NHSN by September 30, 2017. Entries into NHSN made after that date will not be sent to CMS. While you can find everything you need to know about NHSN for dialysis at https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/dialysis/event/index.html , CDC recommends these shortcuts: