CMS has published a summary of changes and other important information about the October 2019 update to Dialysis Facility Compare (https://www.medicare.gov/dialysisfacilitycompare/). Find the summary at https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/End-Stage-Renal-Disease/ESRDGeneralInformation/Downloads/DFC-October-2019-Release-Q-and-A.pdf.
CMS has issued an informative Q&A on the May 2019 Refresh of Dialysis Facility Compare. Find the Q&A at https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/End-Stage-Renal-Disease/ESRDGeneralInformation/Downloads/DFC-May-2019-Refresh-Q-A.pdf, and DFC at https://www.medicare.gov/dialysisfacilitycompare/.
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.
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/.