CMS has reported via their “[ESRD-qip-notify]” email list, without reference to a validating web source, that the deadline for dialysis facilities to submit NHSN BSI and NHSN Dialysis Event data for the ESRD QIP has been extended from December 31, 2020 to February 1, 2021.
CMS has presented for publication in the Federal Register a new proposed rule on changes to the ESRD PPS/QIP. Public Comment must be received by September 4, 2020. “In addition to the annual technical updates for the ESRD PPS, the proposed rule proposes the following:
- “An addition to the ESRD PPS base rate to include calcimimetics in the ESRD PPS bundled payment;
- “Changes to the eligibility criteria and determination process for the transitional add-on payment adjustment for new and innovative equipment and supplies (TPNIES);
- “The expansion of the TPNIES to include new and innovative capital-related assets that are home dialysis machines;
- “A change to the low-volume adjustment eligibility criteria and attestation requirement to account for the COVID-19 PHE;
- “An update to the ESRD PPS wage index to adopt the new OMB delineations with a transition period. …
- “The following updates to the ESRD QIP:
- “Scoring methodology changes to the UFR reporting measure;
- “Updates to the NHSN validation study.”
- “This proposed rule also provides information received from two manufacturers whose products, a dialyzer and a cartridge for a home dialysis machine, are being considered for TPNIES in CY 2021.”
The (slightly edited) quotations are from the ESRD PPS CY2021 Proposed Rule Fact Sheet (CMS-1732-P) at https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/fact-sheets/end-stage-renal-disease-esrd-prospective-payment-system-pps-calendar-year-cy-2021-proposed-rule-cms. Find the Federal Register entry, which is scheduled to be published on July 13, 2020, at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/07/13/2020-14671/medicare-program-end-stage-renal-disease-prospective-payment-system-payment-for-renal-dialysis.
The NHSN Dialysis Event Training webinars scheduled for April 7, 15, and 22, 2020 have been cancelled, as this portion of NHSN has been discontinued while the Coronavirus is active. You can still find their self-paced training videos at https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/training/dialysis/index.html.
On March 22, 2020 CMS announced relief from QIP-related reporting requirements for CROWNWeb and the ESRD QIP. Find the full CMS press release at https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/press-releases/cms-announces-relief-clinicians-providers-hospitals-and-facilities-participating-quality-reporting. An excerpt follows:
“CMS will not count data from January 1, 2020 through June 30, 2020 (Q1-Q2) for performance or payment programs. Data does not need to be submitted to CMS for this time period… No data reflecting services provided January 1, 2020 through June 30, 2020 will be used in CMS’s calculations for the Medicare quality reporting… programs. This is being done to reduce the data collection and reporting burden on providers responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
CMS published an additional bulletin on March 27, https://www.cms.gov/files/document/guidance-memo-exceptions-and-extensions-quality-reporting-and-value-based-purchasing-programs.pdf, with ESRD information on pp.9-10. This bulletin clarifies the original and includes new information on NHSN QIP relief, and information on opting out of the relief:
“Dialysis facilities should be aware of the potential subsequent impact to a facility’s total performance score (TPS) when data are excluded from score calculations. Facilities impacted by COVID-19 may elect to opt out of the CMS granted exception by emailing the request to the ESRD QIP at email@example.com. The email must be sent by the dialysis facility’s chief executive officer (CEO) or designee. We are requesting that a dialysis facility make this request within 90 days of March 22, 2020. For further assistance regarding the ESRD QIP information contained in this message, please contact the ESRD QIP at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
NHSN has announced that they believe that most issues with generating datasets and reports have been resolved. They encourage everyone to proceed with their NHSN analysis and reporting, and contact NHSN@cdc.gov to report any remaining problems.
Current NHSN Dialysis Component Bugs: Contrary to the software’s response, Denominator Data is not actually saved after making updates. CMS analysis reports within NHSN are not functioning as expected. On February 11, 2020, NHSN reported that “our technical team is working to resolve [these issues] as soon as possible. We will provide an update shortly.” Find the NHSN Current Defects List at https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/releasemgt/index.html.
The 2020 Outpatient Dialysis Center Practices Survey: Beginning February 8, 2020, users with administrative rights will be able to complete and save this survey by using the ‘Save as Complete’ button. Facilities must complete the Outpatient Dialysis Center Practices Survey by May 1, 2020 in order to be allowed to enter data into the NHSN Dialysis Component. Completion by February 28 is recommended. For convenience, a paper version of the 2020 annual survey can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/forms/57.500_OutpatientDialysisSurv_BLANK.pdf. Enter the information online after you log in to NHSN for your facility.
- Data for October-December 2019 must be entered and corrected by March 31, 2020.
- Data for January-March 2020 must be entered and corrected by June 30, 2020.
- Data for April-June 2020 must be entered and corrected by September 30, 2020.
- Data for July-September 2020 must be entered and corrected by December 31, 2020.
Before each QIP deadline, to insure proper credit, each facility should:
- Review the NHSN Dialysis Event Protocol at https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/PDFs/pscManual/8pscDialysisEventcurrent.pdf to ensure all data were correctly reported to NHSN.
- Review the Three Steps to Review Dialysis Event Surveillance Data at https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/pdfs/dialysis/3-steps-to-review-de-data-2014.pdf.
- Use the How to Create and Read an NHSN Report for CMS ESRD QIP guide at https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/PDFs/dialysis/CMS-QIP-NHSN-report.pdf to verify that your facility has met the minimum CMS reporting requirements.
- Refer to the How to Create and Read an NHSN BSI Report guide at https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/PDFs/dialysis/BSI-cheatsheet.pdf to review your facility’s BSI rates.
- Contact the NHSN Helpdesk at email@example.com using the subject line ‘Dialysis’ if you have any questions.
Paper versions of all NHSN forms can be found under the ‘Data Collection Forms’ section of https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/dialysis/event/index.html. For complete NHSN Dialysis Component specifications, see https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/dialysis/event/index.html.
Because NHSN was down for twelve days in December, CMS and CDC have extended the deadline for facilities to enter or edit their July-September 2019 NHSN data from December 31, 2019 to January 13, 2020. For questions or concerns, contact the NHSN helpdesk at NHSN@cdc.gov or the CMS ESRD QIP team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NHSN resolved a system problem this morning, but if you have edited your denominator data between December 7th and December 18th, those changes may have been lost. Review your data prior to the December 31, 2019 CMS ESRD QIP quarter 3 reporting deadline to ensure accuracy and completeness by using the 3 step guide at http://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/pdfs/dialysis/3-steps-to-review-de-data-2014.pdf. If you have any questions, email them to NHSN@cdc.gov with “dialysis” in the subject line.
NHSN will be down for emergency maintenance today for several hours beginning at 10am PST. Do not submit CDAs via DIRECT until NHSN is back up.
The NHSN Dialysis Component will be down for “several hours” on December 18, 2019, starting at 6am PST, for scheduled maintenance.
NHSN Version 9.4 was released on December 7, 2019. It includes many additions and changes, including analysis updates. Review pages 1 (all Components) and 4-5 (Dialysis Component) of the Version 9.4 Release Notes at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/NHSN/NHSN9.4ReleaseNotes.pdf for important details. The new analysis output options require regeneration of datasets. Email all questions to the NHSN Helpdesk at NHSN@cdc.gov.
The December 2019 NHSN Newsletter has been published. It includes no dialysis-specific articles, but there are relevant general articles on pages 14ff covering NHSN Training in 2020 and CDA changes for Version 9.4. Find it at https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/pdfs/newsletters/nhsn-nl-dec19-508.pdf.
Slides from the December 4-5 NHSN Dialysis Surveillance Call can be found at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/NHSN/NHSNDialysisEventUpdates2020.pdf. They include sections on AKI, Data Quality Checks, Annual Training, Missing SIRs, Data Review, QIP Updates, and Version 9.4.
NHSN will host a one-hour webinar titled NHSN Dialysis Surveillance Call on December 4, 2019, and repeat it on December 5, both at noon PST, that will detail updates to the NHSN Dialysis Component for 2020. Pre-register for one or the other at the links below:
- December 4, 2019: https://globalmeetwebinar.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1272194&tp_key=38d01fc74f. Listen by phone at 706-418-5005, passcode 77572898#.
- December 5, 2019 repeat: https://globalmeetwebinar.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1272202&tp_key=d2a3e8f9bf. Listen by phone at 706-418-5005, passcode 47347711#.
Use the same links to join the webinars at showtime. Because Q&A time is limited, NHSN asks that if you have unanswered questions after the webinar, email their helpdesk at email@example.com with “Dialysis” in the subject line, and they will follow up with you directly.