CMS has published the 2o17 edition of the CMS ESRD Measures Manual, which details how the PY2017 (CY2017) QIP and October 2017 DFC Star Ratings are calculated. The Manual includes information on the new Kt/V and NHSN QIP measures, TPS calculation, PY2020, and changes to DFC and Star Rating calculations. Find a copy of the CMS press release, which includes links to the Manual and supporting material, at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/QIP/CMS%2CQIP.061617.pdf .
On June 28, 2017, a webinar will provide an update to CMS dialysis quality measures and Star Ratings, and discuss recommendations and next steps from the recent Star Ratings Technical Expert Panel and Patient Summit. Register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4557956566332806147 . Direct questions to CMSESRD@ketchum.com .
The California Dialysis Council will present their 35th Annual Education Conference March 2-4, 2017 in Desert Hot Springs CA. The Conference will include sessions on PD, fluid management, facility ratings, staffing, worries, survey issues, HIPAA audits, CEO/CMO panel, disaster planning, legislation, and motivation. Exhibitors must register by January 30, 2017. Early attendee registration discounts, and registration cancellation refunds, are available till February 3, 2017, and room reservations at the Conference hotel till February 8, 2017. Find the Conference brochure at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/CADialysis0317.pdf . Find additional information and register at http://www.californiadialysis.org/events/35th-Annual-Educational-Conference-2017-46/details .
Medicare and the Kansas City Network have released a four-page Dialysis Facility Compare Social Media Toolkit for Dialysis Centers, with sample graphics and messages appropriate for various social media. Find the Toolkit at http://www.therenalnetwork.org/home/resources/DFC_HCP_DialysisCentersStakeholderToolkit2016-12-05.pdf .
CMS seeks nominations and self-nominations for a Technical Expert Panel to recommend potential quality measures to include in the Dialysis Facility Compare Star Ratings. Patients and professionals with a wide variety of experience and expertise are invited, including patient and healthcare perspectives, methodology, QI and performance measurement, and disparities. Nominations are due by December 22, 2016. For more information see https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/MMS/TechnicalExpertPanels.html#422 .
CMS has published changes to DFC, detailed at https://www.cms.gov/Newsroom/MediaReleaseDatabase/Fact-sheets/2016-Fact-sheets-items/2016-10-28.html . ICH-CAHPS, Standardized BSI Ratio (SIR), and Pediatric PD Kt/V have been added to DFC, but not to the Star Ratings. Changes have been made to the way the Star Ratings are calculated, and adjustments have been made to the way the Vascular Access, Kt/V, Standardized Readmission Ratio (SRR), and Hypercalcemia components of the Star Ratings are measured. All of these changes are included in the DFC update made October 28, 2016.