Medicare has published a Dialysis Facility Compare Social Media Toolkit brochure in three versions (for patients or consumers, for dialysis facilities, and for physicians) and two languages (English and Spanish). They provide graphic and text suggestions for sharing and promoting DFC on social media. Find copies of them at:
As part of the SNF PPS proposed rule released last week (see https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-05-04/pdf/2017-08521.pdf ), CMS proposed to correct the performance period for the NHSN Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Reporting Measure for PY2020 to October 1, 2017 through March 31, 2018. You can comment on this or other elements of the SNF PPS proposed rule at https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=CMS-2017-0060-0002 until June 26, 2017. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any other questions or concerns. This performance period was incorrectly specified in the CY2017 ESRD PPS final rule as October 2016 through March 2017, which was a repeat of the PY2019 period.
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.
On January 17, 2017, CMS conducted a National Provider Call (NPC) discussing the Payment Year 2020 (PY2020) Final Rule. Some attendees posed questions during the questions-and-answers portion of the call
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 .