4/20 EQRS April News

EQRS has published their April News letter, featuring articles on

  • Continuing the January 29, 2021 advice to suspend entry of Clinical Data, ICH CAHPS Attestation, and Depression Screening/Follow-Up into EQRS until further notice. Find details at https://mycrownweb.org/2021/01/eqrs-system-announcement-jan-2021/.
  • Overview of KCER’s participation in the March 2021 EQRS Town Hall.
  • Emergency Preparedness Checklist.
  • A note on how EQRS data supports CMS and the ESRD NCC.
  • A reminder that Clinical Data submissions have been suspended.
  • Notice of New User Training on April 20, 2021.

And the usual comprehensive list of relevant resources. Find the News at https://mycrownweb.org/2021/03/april-2021-newsletter/.

2/16 EQRS Training, Newsletter

The February 2021 EQRS News includes articles on the indefinite suspension of input of Clinical Data, ICH-CAHPS Attestations, and Depression Screening to EQRS while bugs are worked out, the 2744 Annual Facility Survey for 2020, and how to get help with EQRS. It also announces a February 16, 2021 EQRS New User Training. Find the News at https://mycrownweb.org/2021/02/february-2021-newsletter/. Find more information and register for the Training at https://mycrownweb.org/pcw_lems/february-2021-new-user-training/.

EQRS Clinical Data Deadline Suspensions

We’ve shortened a few lines to eliminate redundancy, but we’ve otherwise reprinted this January 29, 2021 bulletin from CMS verbatim:

“CMS is aware of the challenges that some users are experiencing with submitting data via EQRS. We are committed to ensuring the accuracy and reliability of our data, and are working to rapidly resolve these issues. We appreciate the feedback that we’ve received from the dialysis community, which helped us to identify these issues quickly. We will continue to monitor and assess our systems for any issues on an ongoing basis as a part of continuous process improvement and to ensure a positive user experience.

“At this time, we are suspending EQRS Clinical Data, ICH CAHPS Attestation, and Clinical Depression Screening and Follow-Up Plan submission, effective immediately. Users should not send any additional clinical data to CMS while we work towards implementing solutions that can support data reporting requirements and the EQRS user community’s needs. Users must continue to use EQRS to complete tasks such as admit and discharge patients, complete CMS forms (such as the 2728, 2744, and 2746), add or update treatment summaries, and resolve notifications within a timely manner. Users should also continue to keep facilities’ information up-to-date.

“Please note that all previously submitted data is stored in EQRS and will not be lost. We will remain in close communication with the dialysis community over the coming weeks and will provide updated information on submission requirements and deadlines soon. We look forward to continue working together to enhance the ESRD Quality Reporting System and reduce facility data reporting burden.

“For further information please visit QualityNet at https://qualitynet.cms.gov/ or contact the QualityNet Help Desk at 1-866-288-8912, Monday–Friday 5am-5pm PST.” 

1/19+ January EQRS Newsletter

CMS has issued the January EQRS News, featuring articles on the specifications required for computers used to access EQRS, PY2021 PSRs and PSCs, the lack of PART verification in EQRS, the ICH CAHPS Attestation, Clinical Closure deadlines, and the usual useful links to more information about EQRS and its environment, including the announcement of New User Training on January 19, 2021. If it’s required, the ICH CAHPS Attestation must be completed by March 1, 2021. Clinical Closure deadlines for September, October, and November 2020 have been extended to February 1, 2021. Find the January issue at https://mycrownweb.org/2020/12/january-2021-newsletter/, and a compendium of online EQRS, HARP, and QIP training resources at https://mycrownweb.org/education/.

1/12 CMS Webinar on CY2021 QIP

CMS will present an 11am PST January 12, 2021 webinar on the CY2021 (PY2023 and 2024) ESRD QIP Final Rule, and has promised to send out registration and login information next week. For more information on the CY2021 QIP, see https://www.cms.gov/files/document/esrd-qip-cy-2021-proposed-rule-final.pdf and https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/11/09/2020-24485/medicare-program-end-stage-renal-disease-prospective-payment-system-payment-for-renal-dialysis.

Possible New QIP Measures

CMS is in the process of deciding which new measures to add to its Quality programs. For the ESRD QIP, measures under consideration include in-center patient Coronavirus vaccination coverage, health care personnel Coronavirus vaccination coverage, and Standardized Hospitalization Ratio. For details see https://www.cms.gov/files/document/measures-under-consideration-list-2020-report.pdf – suggested new ESRD measures are summarized on p.82. Measures under consideration are being sent to the National Quality Forum’s Measure Applications Partnership (https://www.qualityforum.org/map/). After the “MAP” has evaluated them, measures still under consideration will be published in the Federal Register for public comment sometime after February 1, 2021.

12/24 PY2021 QIP Final PSRs/PSCs Now Online

PY 2021 Final PSR

The PY 2021 Final PSR documents your facility’s performance during 2019 and any payment reduction that CMS will impose for reimbursement on 2021 claims. The Final PSR reflects any applicable revisions to your facility’s performance scores from those displayed during the Preview Period.

Post Your PY 2021 PSC Before December 24, 2020

Each facility is required to download, print, and post both the English and Spanish versions of the PSC in a prominent patient area within 15 business days of their availability; facilities also must ensure that these documents remain posted throughout 2021.

Save Your Facility’s Documents

PY 2021 Final PSRs and PSCs will only be available on EQRS until December 31, 2020. We encourage each facility to save an electronic copy of their Final PSR and PSC for reference, reprinting, and reposting throughout the year should the need arise. Facilities who fail to save a copy by December 31, 2020 can request an additional copy by email from the QualityNet Help Desk but should expect a delay in receiving the requested documentation.

If You Have Questions

For further information on how to access and understand your reports, please refer to the PY 2021 supporting documents available on the ESRD QIP Resources page at https://qualitynet.cms.gov/esrd/esrdqip/resources#tab2. For assistance regarding the information contained in this message, please contact the ESRD QIP Support Team using the ESRD QIP Q&A Tool at https://cmsqualitysupport.servicenowservices.com/qnet_qa. If you have questions or concerns regarding use of EQRS, please contact the QualityNet Help Desk at qnetsupport-esrd@hcqis.org or 866-288-8912 (5am-5pm PST Monday-Friday).

12/15+ EQRS New User Training, Town Hall

EQRS will present a December 15, 2020 EQRS New User Training. Find more information and register at https://mycrownweb.org/pcw_lems/december-2020-new-user-training/.

EQRS will also present a December 17, 2020 Town Hall on Understanding the ESRD QIP Final Performance Score Report. Find more information and register at https://mycrownweb.org/pcw_community_events/december-2020-town-hall/.

EQRS has also published their December 2020 EQRS Newsletter, at https://mycrownweb.org/2020/11/december-2020-newsletter/. Contents include (1) Extension of the clinical submission deadline for September 2020 data to January 4, 2021. October data continues to be due by January 4, and November data by February 1, 2021, (2) Details on what services are available from the QualityNet Service Desk and the ESRD Networks, and how to access them, and (3) The useful list of valuable EQRS links and resources that you’ll recognize from CROWNWeb days.

12/1 DFC Becomes Care Compare

Making its debut December 1, 2020, Dialysis Facility Compare (DFC) has been expanded and combined with other Medicare quality comparison websites, and will now be called Care Compare. Find it at https://www.medicare.gov/care-compare/. Find an introduction to Care Compare at https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/press-releases/cms-care-compare-empowers-patients-when-making-important-health-care-decisions.