9/4 Comments Due re Proposed Changes to QIP

CMS has presented for publication in the Federal Register a new proposed rule on changes to the ESRD PPS/QIP.  Public Comment must be received by September 4, 2020.  “In addition to the annual technical updates for the ESRD PPS, the proposed rule proposes the following:

  • “An addition to the ESRD PPS base rate to include calcimimetics in the ESRD PPS bundled payment;
  • “Changes to the eligibility criteria and determination process for the transitional add-on payment adjustment for new and innovative equipment and supplies (TPNIES);
  • “The expansion of the TPNIES to include new and innovative capital-related assets that are home dialysis machines;
  • “A change to the low-volume adjustment eligibility criteria and attestation requirement to account for the COVID-19 PHE;
  • “An update to the ESRD PPS wage index to adopt the new OMB delineations with a transition period. …
  • “The following updates to the ESRD QIP:
    • “Scoring methodology changes to the UFR reporting measure;
    • “Updates to the NHSN validation study.”
  • “This proposed rule also provides information received from two manufacturers whose products, a dialyzer and a cartridge for a home dialysis machine, are being considered for TPNIES in CY 2021.”

The (slightly edited) quotations are from the ESRD PPS CY2021 Proposed Rule Fact Sheet (CMS-1732-P) at https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/fact-sheets/end-stage-renal-disease-esrd-prospective-payment-system-pps-calendar-year-cy-2021-proposed-rule-cms.  Find the Federal Register entry, which is scheduled to be published on July 13, 2020, at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/07/13/2020-14671/medicare-program-end-stage-renal-disease-prospective-payment-system-payment-for-renal-dialysis.

8/20 CMS Call re CY2020 PPS/QIP

CMS will present an August 20, 2019 National Provider Call on ESRD QIP: CY 2020 ESRD PPS Proposed Rule.  Find more information, slides, and (after the Call) recordings, and register, at https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Outreach/NPC/National-Provider-Calls-and-Events-Items/2019-08-20-ESRD-QIP.html.  The Call will avoid Questions, because they are to be handled through the standard Preview process (see https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/2019/07/22/8-23-py2020-qip-preview-period/).


See the category QIP, PSC, PSR, PPS, DFC, and DFR for information on…

  • The ESRD Quality Incentive Program (QIP)
  • The QIP Performance Score Certificate (PSC)
  • The QIP Performance Score Report (PSR)
  • The Prospective Payment System (PPS)
  • Dialysis Facility Compare (DFC)
  • Dialysis Facility Report (DFR)

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