9/30 NHSN QIP Deadline

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:

8/28 PY2019 Comments Due

CMS has posted the audio recording and transcript of their July 26, 2017 Listening Session on the ESRD QIP Proposed Rule for PY2021; see https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Outreach/NPC/National-Provider-Calls-and-Events-Items/2017-07-26-ESRD-QIP.html .  The material discusses plans for PY2019, PY2020, and PY2021.  Comments on the Proposed Rule are due by August 28, 2017.

CW Newsletter

The new CROWNWeb Newsletter is available at http://mycrownweb.org/news/newsletters/ .  It includes articles on:

And announcement of an August 31, 2017 CW Town Hall Meeting.

8/15+ QIP/DFR Previews

The preview periods for QIP Performance Score Reports (PSR), Dialysis Facility Reports (DFR), and Quarterly Dialysis Facility Compare (QDFC) are all now open.  These are distinct reports accessed through two different websites, with different preview periods. PSRs must be reviewed and commented upon by August 18, 2017; DFRs and QDFC must be reviewed and commented upon by August 15, 2017.  If you’re waiting till the last day to submit your comments, verify the time of the deadline with CMS; some CMS deadlines are now 5:00 pm ET (2:00 pm PT) rather than the usual 11:59 ET (8:59 PT).  Note that the following are not in order by date.

Preview QIP PY2018 Performance Score Reports

Preview Dialysis Facility Reports (DFR) and Quarterly October 2017 Dialysis Facility Compare (QDFC) report

8/3+ NHSN Webinars

NHSN will twice present a webinar on Introduction to the NHSN Dialysis Event Surveillance Protocol, once on August 3, 2017 and again on August 4, 2017.  NHSN Dialysis Event Surveillance reporting is required for the CMS ESRD QIP.  This webinar will provide a complete introduction to the NHSN Dialysis Event reporting requirements and the surveillance definitions necessary to complete accurate monthly reporting.  CDC subject matter experts will be available to answer questions, and continuing education credits will be provided.  Pre-registration is required, at:

Continuing education credits are also available for NHSN’s recorded presentations.  Find these, with instructions for obtaining CE credits, at https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/Training/continuing-edu.html .