Guides for Patients to Dialysis Facility Compare

The National Forum of ESRD Networks has published introductory guides to the Dialysis Facility Compare (DFC) internet application that compares facilities on their general characteristics (such as whether they offer home dialysis or stay open after 5 pm), their quality of care (such as how they compare to other facilities on infection control), and the experience of their patients (such as whether patients found their doctors to be caring and to communicate well).

The guides describe what, why, and how a patient might use DFC.  Find them at:

Find DFC itself at https://www.medicare.gov/dialysisfacilitycompare/.

ESRD QIP and DFC Updates

CMS has completed its April refresh of the facility data in Dialysis Facility Compare (DFC).  Details about this update can be found at https://data.medicare.gov/data/dialysis-facility-compare, and the newly updated DFC database and current five-star facility ratings can be found at https://www.medicare.gov/dialysisfacilitycompare/.

CMS also recently updated its web page on Technical Specifications for ESRD QIP Measures to include the CY2018 ESRD PPS Final Rule, and links to Technical Measure Specifications through PY2021.  Find this page at https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/ESRDQIP/061_TechnicalSpecifications.html.

CDC also recently updated its web page on NHSN and CMS ESRD QIP Rule and its page on the nine Core Interventions that they recommend for reducing BSI.  Find these pages at https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/faqs/dialysis/faq-esrd-qip.html and https://www.cdc.gov/dialysis/prevention-tools/core-interventions.html.

 

DFC Update

The Dialysis Facility Compare January update included new data on:

  • Standardized Transfusion Ratio
  • Standardized Mortality Ratio
  • Standardized Hospitalization Ratio
  • Standardized Readmission Ratio
  • Vascular Access Type (Fistula and Catheter measures)
  • NHSN Bloodstream Infection
  • Hemoglobin Management
  • In-Center Hemodialysis CAHPS

Find DFC at https://www.medicare.gov/dialysisfacilitycompare/.