To meet the CMS ESRD QIP NHSN reporting requirements for Payment Year 2018, outpatient hemodialysis clinics must by March 31, 2017 submit and correct their fourth quarter 2016 Dialysis Event data for October 1 through December 31, 2016. New or revised fourth quarter data entered into NHSN after March 31 will not be sent to CMS. Find more information at https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/dialysis/event/index.html and https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/ESRDQIP/index.html .
Facilities need to be aware that Allegheny Science & Technology (AST) is under contract with CMS to validate the accuracy of CROWNWeb and NHSN data. AST has a data use agreement in place with CMS to request and receive patient records from dialysis facilities for this purpose. The project is described in the PY2017 final rule, which can be found at https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/ESRDQIP/05_LawsandRegs.html .
A recording of the January 9, 2017 Network Council Call has been placed on the Northwest Renal Network website, along with a pdf of the slides from the webinar. The call described the current Network contract structure and obligations, with emphasis on this year’s Quality Improvement Activities and CROWNWeb requirements and protocols. Find the recording at https://healthinsight.adobeconnect.com/p6sn4hjkmow/?proto=true and the slides at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/qia/2017/2017NW16NetworkCouncilPresentationFinal.pdf .
NHSN will be unavailable for several hours beginning at 3 or 4 am PST Saturday January 7, 2017, for scheduled maintenance. See also https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/2017/01/03/17-nhsn-status-2017/ .
For QIP purposes, all data entry and corrections to July-September 2016 NHSN data must be complete by December 31, 2016. New data and corrections entered after that date will remain in the NHSN database, but CMS will not be notified of their presence. For more information see https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/dialysis/event/index.html .
CDC has delayed the release of NHSN Version 8.6 till January 7, 2017. The 2017 Protocol and Forms are not posted yet on the NHSN website, but they will be posted prior to the Version 8.6 release, at http://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/dialysis/event/index.html . CDC advises that 2017 data should NOT be entered into NHSN until the new Version is available. They suggest printing the 2017 forms when they are posted, and keeping track of 2017 events on paper until the new Version is released.
Webinars on the new Version will be held December 1 and 2, 2016; see https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/2016/11/11/121-nhsn-webinars-on-new-version/ .