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:
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 .
Medicare and the Kansas City Network have released a four-page Dialysis Facility Compare Social Media Toolkit for Dialysis Centers, with sample graphics and messages appropriate for various social media. Find the Toolkit at http://www.therenalnetwork.org/home/resources/DFC_HCP_DialysisCentersStakeholderToolkit2016-12-05.pdf .
CMS seeks nominations and self-nominations for a Technical Expert Panel to recommend potential quality measures to include in the Dialysis Facility Compare Star Ratings. Patients and professionals with a wide variety of experience and expertise are invited, including patient and healthcare perspectives, methodology, QI and performance measurement, and disparities. Nominations are due by December 22, 2016. For more information see https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/MMS/TechnicalExpertPanels.html#422 .
CMS has published changes to DFC, detailed at https://www.cms.gov/Newsroom/MediaReleaseDatabase/Fact-sheets/2016-Fact-sheets-items/2016-10-28.html . ICH-CAHPS, Standardized BSI Ratio (SIR), and Pediatric PD Kt/V have been added to DFC, but not to the Star Ratings. Changes have been made to the way the Star Ratings are calculated, and adjustments have been made to the way the Vascular Access, Kt/V, Standardized Readmission Ratio (SRR), and Hypercalcemia components of the Star Ratings are measured. All of these changes are included in the DFC update made October 28, 2016.
CMS has discovered an error in the calculation of the Standardized Readmission Ratio (SRR) that affects most facilities. The measure has been recalculated and is available for preview in your facility’s
- DFC: Quarterly DFC Preview for October Report
- DFR: FY 2017 Dialysis Facility Report
on https://www.DialysisData.org . The footer of these Reports will note the August 2016 production date.
Some planned readmissions were inadvertently excluded. In the recalculation, 11% of facilities nationwide show an absolute difference in SRR of more than 0.05. About 100 facilities changed SRR category on DFC. Use the Comments & Inquiries tab on https://www.DialysisData.org if you have questions on the SRR recalculation.
Because of this error, the Preview Period will be extended to August 19 at 5 PM ET to allow review of the updated Reports. The SRR information is the only change to the Reports. Refer to https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/2016/07/15/815-dfcdfr-comments-due/ for more instructions if necessary.
QDFC-Preview for October 2016 reports and FY2017 DFRs will be available to Networks and facilities beginning July 15, 2016 on the secure website, https://www.DialysisData.org . Facilities can preview reports and submit questions about the data reported in their QDFC preview report and DFR, including comments for State Surveyors, until August 15, 2016. All comments, inquiries, and questions must be submitted using the required comment forms:
- DFC Comment for CMS
- DFR Comment for State Surveyor
- DFR Comment for UM-KECC
Via https://www.DialysisData.org . Only authenticated users who have been granted permission to submit DFC and DFR comments by their dialysis data website Master Account Holder will be able to perform this action.