Northwest Renal Network’s April 2017 Patient Bulletin is on Dialysis Facility Compare or DFC. DFC allows patients to search for dialysis centers, compare them, and find the right one for them. It includes dialysis center contact information, services offered, clinical quality of care measures, and patient experience of care survey results. Find the Bulletin at https://nwrn.org/patients-a-family/ptedres/mon.html .
Because unscheduled maintenance in March may have adversely impacted the ability of outpatient dialysis facilities to enter NHSN Dialysis Event data for fourth-quarter 2016 before the March 31, 2017 QIP deadline, CMS has extended the QIP deadline for facilities to enter or correct fourth-quarter 2016 NHSN data to April 15, 2017.
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 .
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 .
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 .
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/ .