CMS is advising dialysis facilities that PY2017 PSCs will be available for download starting December 15, 2016. Facilities will be able to access their PY2017 PSCs until the start of the PY 2018 Preview Period next summer. Please retain the PDF file containing your PSCs so that you cam generate a replacement paper copy as needed throughout 2017. Facilities must post their PSC in a prominent patient area throughout 2017.
Final PSRs will be available for download after the first of January. CMS will notify facilities once they have confirmed the availability date.
CMS has identified over 100 facilities who do not currently have a point of contact (POC) designated in the QIP system. CMS urges those facilities to establish a POC as soon as possible. It is the POC who will be authorized to access Final PSRs on the ESRD QIP system on behalf of their facility. System users are required to change their passwords every 60 days in order to keep their accounts active. Users whose accounts become inactive will need to contact the QualityNet Help Desk for assistance in reactivating those accounts.
If you have questions or concerns regarding use of the ESRD QIP system, please contact the QualityNet Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or (866) 288-8912 from 5am to 5pm PST Monday through Friday.
Due to high volume of use on the ESRD QIP application, you may experience some delays in retrieving your reports. Once you request a report, please allow two hours for the system to generate your report. If your requested report is not retrieved within two hours, then submit a helpdesk ticket providing your CCN and the desired report name.
Finally, CMS has published a memo outlining its methodology for monitoring changes in access to dialysis. Find it at https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/ESRDQIP/09_MonitorandEval.html . The page also includes Fact Sheets for anemia, bone and mineral disease. vascular access. and URR.