9/27 CMS Proposed Changes to Dialysis Reimbursements

CMS will publish in the Federal Register on August 6, 2019 a Proposed Rule that includes changes to the CY2020 ESRD PPS, ESRD QIP, AKI payments, and many other details, including adjustments to the PY2022 NHSN and STrR measures, and provisions for new and innovative treatments.  The Proposed Rule also includes requests for public comment on the case-mix adjustment model and wage indices.  Comments will be due by September 27, 2019.  Find:

ANNA Fact Sheets on PD, AKI

The ANNA Special Practice Networks have published a series of several-page Fact Sheets on a number of topics:

NHSN Updates

NHSN was updated to Version 9.3 on April 27, 2019.  There have been many additions and changes with this release, including the following updates to the Dialysis Component:

  • CDA Dialysis Monthly Summary – the CDA for version R3D3 of the Dialysis Monthly Summary was updated to allow “Report No Events”.  The functionality is available for both manual CDA import and Direct CDA submissions.
  • Analysis and Reporting:
    • Updated dialysis aggregate data from 2016-2017 for rate tables and run charts.
    • Created a new TAP report type and changed report icon for Excess Infections.  A new Excess Infections report type allows for modifications to the TAP report without disturbing functionality used by other NHSN components.
    • In 2018, the Dialysis Component began collecting data using an AKI location.  Now that some data have been collected, data reported to that AKI location are included in dialysis rate tables and run charts so facilities and groups can review AKI-specific rates for the various dialysis event measures.

In order to use any of the new analysis output options you must first regenerate datasets.  As always, send all questions to the NHSN Helpdesk at NHSN@cdc.gov.

5/22 CMS/NKF Webinar on CKD Risk Reduction

CMS and NKF will present a May 22, 2019 webinar on on Population Health Strategies for Kidney Disease Risk Reduction, at noon PST.  Nephrologists, dialysis facility medical directors and renal care providers are invited and encouraged to attend. The NKF CKD Change Package will be introduced, systematic strategies for improving identification and management of CKD will be described, and a population health strategy for registry function, QI, and patient engagement for people living with CKD will be presented.  Register for the webinar at https://meetings-cms.webex.com/meetings-cms/onstage/g.php?MTID=e06e8b0a5642756b1b7a7e0998d0eeeb8.  Find the NKF CKD Change Package at https://www.kidney.org/sites/default/files/02-11-8036_JBI_CKD_ChangePackV17.pdf.

CY2019 QIP Final Rule

CMS has filed the CY2019 Final Rule for Medicare Program; ESRD PPS, Payment for Renal Dialysis Services Furnished to Individuals with AKI, ESRD QIP, DMEPOS CBP and Fee Schedule Amounts, and Technical Amendments to Correct Existing Regulations Related to the CBP for Certain DMEPOS.  Find the CMS press release at https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/press-releases/cms-finalizes-policies-modernize-and-drive-innovation-durable-medical-equipment-dme-and-end-stage, the Final Rule at https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2018-24238.pdf, and a fact sheet at https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/fact-sheets/cy19-esrddme-nprm-cms-1691-f-and-dmepos-competitive-bidding-program-temporary-gap-period.