The March CROWNWeb Newsletter has been published, with articles on the 2744 Annual Facility Survey, 2744 Errors and Reports, Guidance for Submission of CMS-2728/CMS-2746, HARP Account Needed for EQRS Users, EQRS System Deadline Updates, and Clinical Closures, plus the usual collection of very useful links and notes. Find the Newsletter at https://mycrownweb.org/2020/02/march-2020-newsletter/. Noteworthy dates include:
- March 16, 2020 – QIP deadline for ICH CAHPS Attestation, Clinical Depression Screening and Follow-Up Plan, and December 2019 Clinical Data Submissions (extended from March 2, 2020; see https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/2020/02/28/3-2-eqrs-qip-deadline-extended-to-march-16/).
- March 17, 2020 – CROWNWeb New User Training, https://mycrownweb.org/2020/03/th-mar-2020-announce/.
- March 26, 2020 – CROWNWeb Town Hall re EQRS data management requirements, https://mycrownweb.org/2020/03/th-mar-2020-announce/.
- March 31, 2020 – 2019 Form 2744 completion.
- March 31, 2020* – Clinical Closure for January 2020 CROWNWeb data.
- April 30, 2020* – Clinical Closure for February 2020 CROWNWeb data.
- June 1, 2020* – Clinical Closure for March 2020 CROWNWeb data.
* Your Network may require earlier Closure.
CDC has issued new documents on ICD10 coding for the current “COVID-19” (nee “2019-nCoV”) coronavirus that first warranted attention in December 2019 in Wuhan, China:
These documents are put into context on CDC’s ICD10-CM page at https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/icd/icd10cm.htm.
CMS has also created a new billing code specific to testing for the COVID-19 virus. For details see https://www.cms.gov/outreach-and-educationoutreachffsprovpartprogprovider-partnership-email-archive/2020-02-20#_Toc32923423.
CMS has released an updated version of EQRS/CROWNWeb that supports QIP CY2020 data reporting requirements. It includes Medication Reconciliation (“MedRec”) fields on the CROWNWeb Manage Clinical screens. The QIP MedRec Reporting Measure requirement, which assesses evaluation of patients’ medication, begins with PY2022, and data reporting for it begins January 2020 for all HD and PD patients. Facilities don’t need to enter MedRec data into EQRS/CROWNWeb during 2019; however, the new release allows review of the MedRec fields in preparation for use in 2020. A draft of Version 5.0 of the CMS ESRD Measures Manual for the 2020 Performance Period includes a chapter on the MedRec Measure (pp. 147-151); find it at https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/ESRDQIP/Downloads/Measures-Manual-v50.pdf.
For assistance with EQRS/CROWNWeb or the ESRD QIP, contact the ESRD QIP Support Team using the ESRD QIP Q&A Tool at https://cmsqualitysupport.service-now.com/qnet_qa. If you have questions or concerns on use of the ESRD QIP application, contact the QualityNet Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 866-288-8912, 5am-5pm PT, Monday-Friday.
CROWNWeb (“CW”) has released the November edition of the CROWNWeb Newsletter. In it you’ll find articles on their new Community of Practice series detailing best practices collected from the 20,000 authorized CW users, on CW online training, on the CW Admit Patient and CW Initial 2728 Worksheets, on Clinical Closures, and they also announce the November 12, 2019 New User Training. Find the Newsletter at http://mycrownweb.org/2019/10/november-2019-newsletter/.
CROWNWeb has announced that a pdf and recording of the August CROWNWeb Town Hall is now available, at http://mycrownweb.org/events/. The August webinar covered an ESRD Systems Data Accuracy review, and Ultrafiltration. A date has not been announced for a September Town Hall, if there is to be one.
The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California is conducting a survey to better understand the level of interest and engagement in a state-wide electronic Registry of Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST). POLST is a form that gives seriously-ill patients more control over their end-of-life care, including medical treatment, extraordinary measures (such as a ventilator or feeding tube) and CPR. Printed on bright pink paper, and signed by both a patient and physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant, POLST can prevent unwanted or ineffective treatments, reduce patient and family suffering, and ensure that a patient’s wishes are honored. Since it’s designed to be readily available to all healthcare practitioners in any setting or circumstance, electronic availability would promote its purpose. For more information and a sample of the California form, see https://capolst.org/. Take the survey, if possible before August 9, 2019, at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3XC2PGX.