AAKP Patient Meeting Recorded

Recordings of the 43rd AAKP National Patient Meeting, held June 8-10, 2018 in St. Petersburg FL, are now available online, at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwT_eU7vwGtHSapN8PKc-Hw.  Sessions include:

  • Assessing Dialysis Facility Quality: CMS Engagement of Kidney Patients
  • Innovations in Kidney Disease Care
  • Paving the Way for a Better Tomorrow: Understanding Clinical Trials
  • Improving Kidney Care and Treatment Options – NIH Kidney Precision Medicine Project
  • Innovation, Patient Focus and Care Improvement – Veterans Administration Leadership in Kidney Care
  • Nutrition 101: Understanding & Enjoying Your Kidney-Friendly Diet
  • Patient-Centered Kidney Disease Care: How to Change the Status Quo

ESRD QIP and DFC Updates

CMS has completed its April refresh of the facility data in Dialysis Facility Compare (DFC).  Details about this update can be found at https://data.medicare.gov/data/dialysis-facility-compare, and the newly updated DFC database and current five-star facility ratings can be found at https://www.medicare.gov/dialysisfacilitycompare/.

CMS also recently updated its web page on Technical Specifications for ESRD QIP Measures to include the CY2018 ESRD PPS Final Rule, and links to Technical Measure Specifications through PY2021.  Find this page at https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/ESRDQIP/061_TechnicalSpecifications.html.

CDC also recently updated its web page on NHSN and CMS ESRD QIP Rule and its page on the nine Core Interventions that they recommend for reducing BSI.  Find these pages at https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/faqs/dialysis/faq-esrd-qip.html and https://www.cdc.gov/dialysis/prevention-tools/core-interventions.html.

 

DFC Update

The Dialysis Facility Compare January update included new data on:

  • Standardized Transfusion Ratio
  • Standardized Mortality Ratio
  • Standardized Hospitalization Ratio
  • Standardized Readmission Ratio
  • Vascular Access Type (Fistula and Catheter measures)
  • NHSN Bloodstream Infection
  • Hemoglobin Management
  • In-Center Hemodialysis CAHPS

Find DFC at https://www.medicare.gov/dialysisfacilitycompare/.

DFC January Update

CMS has announced that new data on the care quality of dialysis facilities is now available on Dialysis Facility Compare (DFC), the website that allows patients and health centers to view and compare quality data about dialysis facilities.  CMS uses this data, organized into a series of measures, to create a 5-Star Rating system that can help patients make educated decisions about where to get their dialysis treatments, as well as to assist them in speaking with their healthcare team regarding their care.

The January revision has updated information for Standardized Transfusion Ratios, Standardized Mortality Ratios, Standardized Hospitalization Ratios, Standardized Readmission Ratios, vascular access types (fistula and catheter), bloodstream infections, hemoglobin management, and the CAHPS survey on in-center hemodialysis patient experience.  The July 2017 DFC data for dialysis adequacy, hypercalcemia, serum phosphorus, and the facility Star Ratings will remain until the next update.

Find DFC at https://www.medicare.gov/dialysisfacilitycompare/#.

If you’re computer-savvy, you can download supplementary DFC data from https://data.medicare.gov/data/dialysis-facility-compare.