7/19+ QIP Webinar Details

CMS has published details on the July 19, 2018 QIP Webinar, which will be repeated on July 23, 2018.  The webinars will provide the basics of how to use the ESRD QIP system, including how to effectively submit a Clarification Question and a Formal Inquiry, if needed, prior to the end of the Preview Period.  For details and registration, see:

7/19+ QIP Notes

The QIP webinar today contained several new pieces of information about soon-to-be-announced QIP-related issues:

  • CMS will soon announce hour-long July 19 and 23, 2018 webinars on the QIP 4.0 System.  They will be held at 11am PDT on those days; save the date(s).  The sessions will cover access, use, reports, PSRs, Clarifying Questions, and Formal Inquiries.
  • Publication of the PY2019 ESRD QIP Users Guide is expected by July 13, 2018.
  • The ESRD PPS Preview Period will end at 11:59 pm PDT on August 23, 2018.

8/7+ NHSN Trainings

NHSN will present four ESRD Component trainings during August 2018.  Listen-only audio for these will be available through your computer’s speakers.  If you need audio via telephone, the dial-in number for all sessions is 303-248-0285 (toll), with access code 6393927.

New Medicare Card News

The CMS New Medicare Card (NMC) web page at https://www.medicare.gov/newcard/ keeps an ongoing tally of NMC mailings.  It shows that mailings are now underway for California, Oregon, and Alaska, but have not yet started for other Network 16 states.  The page also includes a sample of the new card, important information about what a patient should do when they receive one in the mail, and important tips on avoiding Medicare scams.

For providers, CMS has also published information on when a Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI, which replaces the HICN on the card) can change, and what to do when it does.  Find a summary at https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Outreach/FFSProvPartProg/Provider-Partnership-Email-Archive-Items/2018-07-05-eNews.html?DLPage=1&DLEntries=10&DLSort=0&DLSortDir=descending#_Toc518370286.

7/26 CW Newsletter & Town Hall

CROWNWeb has published their July Newsletter, containing articles on the CROWNWeb Data Quality Goals progress, and the Missing Forms Report.  It also includes a CROWNWeb FAQ pointing out that clinical data which is entered and saved, but not submitted before the appropriate Clinical Closure Date, never makes it to CMS.  Find the July Newsletter at http://mycrownweb.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/July_2018_Newslette_508_Compliant.pdf and a catalog of past Newsletters at http://mycrownweb.org/news/newsletters/.  The Newsletter also announces a July 26, 2018 CROWNWeb Town Hall.

7/11 QIP PY2019 Preview Period & Webinar

The PY2019 Preview Period for the ESRD QIP will begin on July 23, 2018, and end on August 23, 2018.  The Preview Period provides an important opportunity for each facility to review and pose questions about its ESRD QIP scores and any potential payment reductions that may result.  During the Preview Period, facilities will be able to access a PSR to learn about how their estimated Total Performance Scores were calculated.  CMS updated this year’s Preview PSR to provide more-streamlined reporting of facility performance.

On July 11, 2018 CMS will present a webinar on the PY2019 Preview Period to discuss how to access, review, and submit clarification questions and/or a formal inquiry about a facility’s estimated scores before the close of the Preview Period.  Find details and register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4774560365192234755.

In preparation of the PY 2019 Preview Period, CMS encourages all facilities to review and update their authorized users in accordance with the updated password requirements for EIDM accounts as applied to EQRS; see http://mycrownweb.org/2017/06/new-eidem-password-requirements/.  Each facility also must designate a point of contact (POC) in EQRS; facilities without a POC will not be able to access their Preview PSRs, nor will they be able to submit clarification questions or a formal inquiry.  If your facility has not established authorized users and a POC, CMS encourages you to do so as soon as possible.

The QualityNet ESRD QIP Resources page at https://www.qualitynet.org/dcs/ContentServer?c=Page&pagename=QnetPublic%2FPage%2FQnetTier3&cid=1228776130548 provides additional information and tools.

Bring questions or concerns about use of the ESRD QIP system to the QualityNet Help Desk at qnetsupport-esrd@hcqis.org, or 866-288-8912 Monday-Friday between 5 am and 5 pm PDT.