2019 DFR Preview Schedule

The University of Michigan Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center (UM-KECC) has announced the DFR Quarterly Update schedule for the rest of FY2020 (CY2019).  Facilities will preview their FY2020 annual DFR (for 2015-2018) during July 15-August 15, 2019, their Q1 2019 Quarterly DFR Update (for January-March 2019) during November 1-15, 2019, their Q2 Quarterly DFR Update (for January-June 2019) during February 1-15, 2020, and their Q3 Quarterly DFR Update (for January-September 2019) during May 1-15, 2020.  The DFRs and facility comments will be released to state surveyors on September 1 and December 1, 2019, and March 1 and June 1, 2020, respectively.

The DFR and Quarterly Updates will be available for preview and comment on http://www.dialysisdata.org.  Authorized users may submit comments about the report on the Dialysis Data secure website by using the forms “Comments on DFR for UM-KECC” and  “Comments on DFR for State Surveyor.”  All comments submitted for state surveyors will be appended to the DFR and made available to surveyors.  Do not include questions for UM-KECC in comments intended for the state surveyors.  All Dialysis Data website MAH passwords were reset, and all user accounts were disabled in December 2018.  If you haven’t already, facility MAHs must log into their master account to re-enable facility user accounts and grant permissions prior to July 15, 2019.

The Dialysis Data Helpdesk welcomes questions and comments about the DFRs and suggestions for future reports of this type, at 1-855-764-2885 or DialysisData@umich.edu.

MAH QDFC/QDFR Requirements

Your facility’s Master Account Holder (MAH) Password and User Accounts on DialysisData.org must be re-established in order to retrieve your facility’s DFR and December 2018 QDFC preview file.  On December 13, 2018 all MAH passwords were reset and user accounts for https://www.DialysisData.org disabled.  Networks provided the new passwords to the facility MAH on file.  Facility MAHs must log in to their master account to re-enable or add facility user accounts and grant permissions prior to the start of the February 1, 2019 QDFC/QDFR Preview Period.  MAHs must create a separate user account to be able to view DFRs and QDFC data, as their MAH account only manages user accounts and cannot view data.

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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 the master account holder has changed, please notify your Network and also update the contact information on https://www.DialysisData.org to reflect a new contact person for the MAH.

7/17+ DFR Review Period, DFC Notes

The University of Michigan Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center (UM-KECC) will post FY2019 Dialysis Facility Reports at https://dialysisdata.org/ for facility comments starting July 17, 2018.  The comment period ends on August 15, 2018.  Facilities must use their DialysisData.org Master Account Holder (MAH) password to create and/or enable staff accounts on DialysisData.org in order to review and comment on their DFR.  If you do not know your MAH password, contact your Network.

UM-KECC has also recently published an updated Technical Notes on the Updated Dialysis Facility Compare Star Rating Methodology.  Find it at https://dialysisdata.org/sites/default/files/content/Methodology/UpdatedDFCStarRatingMethodology.pdf.

CMS will suppress from public view some DFC and Star-Ratings data for impacted facilities in counties that were designated by FEMA as a major disaster area because of the 2017 wildfires.  For information on this see https://dialysisdata.org/sites/default/files/content/News/Natural%20Disaster%20Supression%20FAQs.pdf.

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 17, 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/.

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