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:
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.
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.
CMS has published information about helping patients avoid fraud and scams, which may be particularly important with the release of the New Medicare Cards.
Medicare will never call beneficiaries uninvited and ask for personal or private information to get their new Medicare Number and card. Scam artists may try to get personal information (like their current Medicare Number) by contacting them about their new card. If your Medicare patient is asked for their information, for money, or someone threatens to cancel their health benefits if they don’t share their personal information, have them call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).