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.” 

HDC on Safe Social Work and COVID-19

Home Dialysis Central has published a blog post on Dialysis Social Work During a Pandemic: Caring for Patients Safely, thoroughly reviewing what are permitted and required by:

  • CMS Conditions for Coverage,
  • Social Work licenses and training,
  • Medicare reimbursement rules and waivers,
  • Patient and staff safety,
  • Home dialysis,
  • Effective communication,
  • PPE,
  • Telehealth,
  • Comparative advantage,

all in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Find the post at https://homedialysis.org/news-and-research/blog/361-dialysis-social-work-during-a-pandemic-caring-for-patients-safely.

3/17+ CROWNWeb March Newsletter

The March CROWNWeb Newsletter has been published, with articles on the 2744 Annual Facility Survey, 2744 Errors and Reports, Guidance for Submission of CMS-2728/CMS-2746, HARP Account Needed for EQRS Users, EQRS System Deadline Updates, and Clinical Closures, plus the usual collection of very useful links and notes.  Find the Newsletter at https://mycrownweb.org/2020/02/march-2020-newsletter/.  Noteworthy dates include:

* Your Network may require earlier Closure.

3/2+ EQRS/QIP Deadline Extended to March 16

CMS is extending the March 2, 2020 deadline till March 16, 2020 (11:59 pm PST) for submission to EQRS of the following QIP and Clinical data:

  • ICH CAHPS Attestation.
  • Clinical Depression Screening and Follow-Up Plan.
  • December 2019 Clinical Data Submissions.

The extension applies only to the March 2020 data submission, and will have no effect on other due dates.  Facilities are encouraged to complete their HARP registration as soon as possible, as HARP is now the mandatory gateway to EQRS.  HARP training materials, Quick Start Guides, FAQs, and instructional videos can be found https://mycrownweb.org/harp-training/.  The QualityNet Service Desk at qnetsupport-esrd@hcqis.org or 1-866-288-8912 can provide assistance and answer questions.

CW January New User Training, Newsletter

CROWNWeb has published their January Newsletter, at https://mycrownweb.org/2020/01/january-2020-newsletter/.  It includes articles on

  • Medication Reconciliation and its January 9 and 23, 2020 training sessions
  • PY2020 PSRs and PSCs (see also https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/2019/12/03/py2020-qip-final-psr-and-psc-released/)
  • ICH CAHPS CY2019 exemption attestation (deadline March 2, 2020)
  • CY2020 Clinical Depression Screening requirements
  • January 16, 2020 training for ICH CAHPS and Depression Screening reporting requirements
  • Clinical data submission deadlines (if your Network doesn’t require earlier submission)

Plus announcement of the January 21, 2020 New User Training, and the usual lists of always-useful resources and links.

Find information and register for the January 30, 2020 CROWNWeb Town Hall on signing up for HCQIS HARP at https://mycrownweb.org/pcw_community_events/january-2020-town-hall/.

CROWNWeb January Trainings & Town Hall

The January CROWNWeb Town Hall will take place on January 30, 2020 and cover the new HCQIS Access Roles and Profile (HARP) registration process and the ESRD Quality Reporting System (EQRS).  Find out more and register at https://mycrownweb.org/pcw_community_events/january-2020-town-hall/.

CROWNWeb Training on data entry for the new Medication Reconciliation Reporting Measure will be held on January 9, 2020 and repeated on January 23; see https://mycrownweb.org/2019/12/medrec-training-announce/.

Training on the ICH CAHPS and Clinical Depression Screening Reporting Requirements will be held on January 16, 2020; find details and register for this training at https://mycrownweb.org/pcw_lems/ich-cahps-and-clinical-depression-training-2/.

12/12+ Fall 2019 Provider Newsletter and Archive

We’ve published the Fall 2019 ESRD Network 16/18 Provider Newsletters.  Find them at:

We include links to earlier issues at the end of this post.  Most content is the same for both Networks, but not all.  We’ve marked where they differ, and we’ve used blue type where information in one version also applies to the other Network.  The Fall 2019 issue feature articles on:

  • Quality Improvement:
    • 2020 Quality Improvement Activities, which we expect to begin before Christmas.
    • Changes to the ESRD QIP, which include changes to measures for the Transplant Waitlist, Medication Reconciliation, Transfusions, and BSIs.  We’ve scheduled a December 12, 2019 webinar to summarize these QIP changes (and the many other measures that aren’t changing).
    • Opioid Awareness and Pain Management.
    • Diabetes Self-Management.
  • Patient Services:
    • Managing Patient Expectations to help create a calm and conflict-free environment.
    • The Dialysis Patient Depression Toolkit.
    • Patient Newsletters in English and Spanish for each Network.
  • Data:
    • The importance of Keeping Patient Information Up to Date, especially patient addresses, which are critical for tracking everyone in emergencies and disasters, for identifying home facilities and transplant centers near the patient, for receiving notices like the New ESRD Patient Orientation Packet, and for monitoring patient clusters so your organization can effectively plan where to locate new facilities.
    • A mini-lesson on how to admit a new patient into CROWNWeb if they do not have an SSN or MBI.
  • Emergency Preparedness:
    • Fire Danger Power Shutoffs and Fire Resources in California (NW18 version).
    • The new ESRD Facility Emergency Preparedness Final Rule that went into effect on November 29, 2019 (NW18 version but also relevant to NW16).
    • New KCER document on Emergency Disconnect Procedure for In-Center Hemodialysis Patients (NW16 version but also relevant to NW18).
    • Notify the Network of any Interruptions in Service.
    • KCER Newsletter.
  • Notify the Network of any Personnel Changes.
  • Upcoming Events!

We also list events of interest to Dialysis Facilities, Transplant Centers, and staff, on our Facility Calendar, via the link at the top of this page.

Find previous issues at:

6/11 CROWNWeb Training, Newsletter, Town Hall

CROWNWeb has announced that their June New User Training session will occur on June 11, 2019; register at http://mycrownweb.org/pcw_lems/june-2019-new-user-training/.

The June CROWNWeb News is also now available, at http://mycrownweb.org/2019/05/june-2019-newsletter/, including articles on Frequently Asked Questions, Depression Screening, catching up on a missed CROWNWeb event, and CMS Clinical Closure deadlines (your Network may ask you to submit earlier), as well as the usual comprehensive list of links to useful resources, tools, events, and past issues of the News.

The June CROWNWeb Town Hall will be held June 27, 2019.  Register at http://mycrownweb.org/pcw_community_events/june-2019-town-hall/.