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.

1/5 Physician Measures TEP

CMS has contracted with UM-KECC to develop one or more measures related to the quality of care provided to ESRD dialysis patients by physicians, and is recruiting transplant and dialysis patients to serve on the Technical Expert Panel that will propose such measures.  Nominations are due by January 5, 2018.  For details see https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/MMS/TEP-Currently-Accepting-Nominations.html#001.

2018 DFC Schedule

User accounts on https://dialysisdata.org/ must be created or reviewed by facility Master Account Holders (MAH), and new passwords chosen, before February 1, 2018.  Master Account Holders must create a separate USER account to be able to view DFRs and QDFC data; the MAH account does not provide that access.  It only allows the MAH to be able to manage user accounts.

It is the MAH’s responsibility to update user contact information (including their own), transfer MAH credentials within the facility appropriately, review and enable existing user accounts, and set user-specific permissions.  If MAH credentials are passed on within your facility to a new MAH, please notify your Network and update the contact information on https://dialysisdata.org/ to reflect a new contact person for the MAH.

The 2018 QDFC and PY2019 DFR schedules follow:

  • The Preview Period for the April 2018 QDFC will span February 1 through February 15, 2018.
  • The Preview Period for the July 2018 QDFC will span May 1 through May 15, 2018.
  • The Preview Period for the October 2018 QDFC will span July 15 through August 15, 2018.
  • FY2019 DFRs will be available on July 15, 2018.
  • The Preview Period for the January 2019 QDFC will span November 1 through November 15, 2018.

Direct questions to  DialysisData@umich.edu, 855-764-2885 (toll-free, M-F, 6am-2pm PST only), or to your Network.  Answers to Frequently Asked Questions will be posted at https://dialysisdata.org/.

DFC MAH Reset Postponed

UM-KECC has announced that the annual Dialysis Data Master Account Holder password reset, which typically takes place in October of each year, will occur in early December, after the completion of the November DFC preview period.  Further information about the reset process will be distributed in the coming weeks.   For questions contact the UM-KECC DialysisData helpdesk at dialysisdata@umich.edu.

8/15+ QIP/DFR Previews

The preview periods for QIP Performance Score Reports (PSR), Dialysis Facility Reports (DFR), and Quarterly Dialysis Facility Compare (QDFC) are all now open.  These are distinct reports accessed through two different websites, with different preview periods. PSRs must be reviewed and commented upon by August 18, 2017; DFRs and QDFC must be reviewed and commented upon by August 15, 2017.  If you’re waiting till the last day to submit your comments, verify the time of the deadline with CMS; some CMS deadlines are now 5:00 pm ET (2:00 pm PT) rather than the usual 11:59 ET (8:59 PT).  Note that the following are not in order by date.

Preview QIP PY2018 Performance Score Reports

Preview Dialysis Facility Reports (DFR) and Quarterly October 2017 Dialysis Facility Compare (QDFC) report