QIP Account Update

Prepare for ESRD QIP PY 2017 Reporting Documents by Updating your Account

More than 200 outpatient dialysis facilities have not designated a Facility Point of Contact (FPOC) in the ESRD QIP system.  Facilities should maintain their accounts and make sure that FPOCs have access to reporting documents.  CMS is preparing ESRD QIP end-of-year documents for release in December, including the Payment Year 2017 Final Performance Score Reports and the Performance Score Certificate, which facilities are required to post for public review.  For help with the ESRD QIP system, including reviving a deactivated account, contact the QualityNet Help Desk at qnetsupport@hcqis.org or 866-288-8912.

8/2 Draft PSR Review Call

CMS will hold a conference call on August 2, 2016 on ESRD QIP: Reviewing Your Facility’s PY2017 Performance Data.  The call will cover accessing your PSR, implications for your reimbursement rates, how to submit a formal inquiry about your PSR (before September 16, 2016), and PSR posting requirements.  Registration is required, and will be at https://blh.ier.intercall.com/ once they add the call to the list.

Facility Report Cards

We’ve added the February 2016 Monthly Patient Flyer/Poster to the Network 16 website.  It summarizes the Dialysis Facility Performance Score Report, or “Report Card” that all facilities are required to post prominently every year.  The Report summarizes your facility’s performance on mineral metabolism, dialysis adequacy, vascular access, infection, hospital readmission, EPO, and patient surveys.  Find the Flyer, along with our historical Posters, at https://www.nwrn.org/patients-a-family/ptedres/mon.html .  If you have any feedback for us, or ideas for future Posters, email Network 16 Patient Services Director Lisa Hall at lhall@nw16.esrd.net .

Facility Report Cards

We’ve put Network 16’s monthly patient flyer/poster for February on the Network website, at https://www.nwrn.org/patients-a-family/ptedres/mon.html .  It’s about “Did you know that each dialysis clinic gets a report card?” and tallies the metrics that Medicare uses to evaluate facilities, and describes how to find your facility’s report card.  These metrics are intended to measure the health of the patients at your clinic, and it would be to your advantage to understand them and do whatever you can to improve your own metrics and those of your fellow patients.

PY2016 PSRs/PSCs Published

PY 2016 Performance Score Reports (PSR) and Certificates (PSC) were released on December 30, 2015.  Since facilities are required to post their PSCs in a prominent patient area within 15 business days of their release, your facility’s PSC must be posted on or before January 22, 2016.  Your PSR is a backup report that you don’t need to post, but which will help educate your staff so they can answer any questions that patients may have about your posted PSC.  To find step-by-step instructions for logging onto the QualityNet website and downloading your PSR and PSC, review the PY 2016 Preview Period National Provider Call slides, which are available on the CMS website at https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Outreach/NPC/Downloads/2015-12-09-ESRD-Presentation.pdf.  An audio recording and written transcript of the Call are also available under December 9, 2015 at https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Outreach/NPC/National-Provider-Calls-and-Events.html.