4/18 CW Town Hall, Newsletter

CROWNWeb will present an 18 April Town Hall meeting featuring clinical tips and shortcuts.  Register at http://mycrownweb.org/pcw_community_events/april-2019-town-hall/.

The April CROWNWeb Newsletter includes articles on the new ESRD Data Management Guidelines document, and online 2744 training sessions.  Find it at http://mycrownweb.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/April_2019_Newsletter.pdf.

5/10 Forum QIP Webinar

The Forum of ESRD Networks will host an April 10, 2019 webinar on The ESRD QIP: What Every Facility Should Know.  The webinar will provide an overview of the ESRD QIP, and practical guidance on interpreting and sharing your QIP PSC with your patients.  While registration is open only to the first thousand patients, it will be recorded for later playback.  Register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6551857146314183682.

5/31 NHSN Training

Required Annual Training: The Dialysis Event Module annual training has been updated and moved to a new platform called CDC TRAIN.  Self-paced training and post-assessment will remain the same as the previous version, but the CDC TRAIN platform requires you to register with the site, and allows you to save your training certificates after completion.  NHSN recommends that all users take this training, but at least one user per facility is required to take and pass this training annually.  Find the training course and instruction guide at https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/dialysis/event/index.html.  Email NHSN@cdc.gov with “Dialysis” in the subject line with any questions.

Training Needs Assessment: In taking the NHSN Dialysis Event Module Training Needs Assessment, some users experienced a system error which only permitted them to complete the Demographics section of the survey.  If you experienced this, please retake the Assessment, at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DialysisEventTNA. NHSN apologizes for the inconvenience and truly values your input.  If you have not taken the Assessment yet, please do, to help NHSN better understand training needs for the Dialysis Event Module.  The Assessment will remain open until May 31, 2019.

4/5 DFC Technical Expert Panel Nominations

CMS has commissioned UM-KECC to assemble 10-20 volunteers for a Technical Expert Panel (TEP) to formulate a process for periodically resetting ESRD clinical quality Star-Rating criteria so that the Ratings continue to differentiate facility quality of care when treatment-quality trends reduce the variation between facilities.  Volunteers will include patients, caregivers, ESRD subject matter experts, methodologists, and specialists working on dialysis QI and healthcare disparities.  The TEP will require a one-day in-person meeting in Baltimore in June, plus 3-7 conference calls before and after.  Nominations must be submitted by April 5, 2019.  The current call for nominations doesn’t mention it, but past TEPs have reimbursed travel expenses.  For details and nomination forms, see https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/MMS/TEP-Currently-Accepting-Nominations.html#a0305.

QIP News: PSSRs, NHSN Deadline, Pain Assessment

PSSRs: CMS has announced that PY2019 Performance Score Summary Reports or PSSRs are now available.  The PSSR is a spreadsheet containing the performance values of each facility for PY2019.  It provides information about facility performance on each ESRD QIP measure as well as the Total Performance Score.  Find the PSSRs at https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/ESRDQIP/Downloads/PY2019-Performance-Score-Summary-Report-.XLSX.  It’s a 12+ megabyte file, so it may take several minutes to download and open.

NHSN: CMS has also announced an extension to the NHSN data entry deadline for the ESRD QIP fourth reporting quarter of 2018 (data for October 1 – December 31, 2018) from March 31, 2019 to April 1, 2019.

Assistance regarding PSSRs or the NHSN deadline can be obtained by contacting the ESRD QIP Support Team using the ESRD QIP Q&A Tool at https://cms-ocsq.custhelp.com/app/homeesrdqip/p/960.  For questions or concerns regarding use of the ESRD QIP system, contact the QualityNet Help Desk at qnetsupport-esrd@hcqis.org or 866-288-8912 between 5am and 7pm PT Monday-Friday.

Pain Assessment data submission into CROWNWeb will no longer be required by CMS starting March 1, 2019.  The Pain Assessment screen will remain active for facilities to review previously reported data.  For details see http://mycrownweb.org/2019/02/pain-assessment-submission/.

3/5+ NHSN Trainings

NHSN will present four training sessions in March, all at 12-1pm PT.  Join any of the four by telephone only at 303.248.0285, Access Code 6393927.  To join via computer (including audio):

  • Introduction to the NHSN Dialysis Event Surveillance Protocol: NHSN Dialysis Event Surveillance reporting is required for the CMS ESRD QIP.  Complete introduction to the NHSN Dialysis Event reporting requirements and surveillance definitions necessary to complete accurate monthly reporting.  Both sessions will be held 12-1pm PST.
  • Advanced NHSN Dialysis Event Surveillance Reporting and Introduction to NHSN Reports: Applying NHSN Dialysis Event Surveillance definitions via case studies that address common reporting questions.  Includes introduction to running and interpreting popular NHSN reports to review your facility’s data, including BSI rates.  Both sessions will be held 12-1pm PDT.