How is a facility’s performance in the ESRD QIP communicated to the facility and the public?

Facilities are able to preview their ESRD QIP measure scores and Total Performance Scores after the close of the performance period and prior to the implementation of payment reductions and public reporting. This Preview Period typically occurs in the July – August timeframe. Once scores are finalized, the scores are provided to facilities and are made available to the general public.

Facility performance in the ESRD QIP is publicly reported through three mechanisms. CMS produces a Performance Score Certificate (PSC) summarizing a facility’s performance, which facilities are required to display in a public area. A section of Medicare’s publicly available website, Dialysis Facility Compare (DFC), also provides searchable information about individual facilities. CMS also releases detailed facility information each year in a file titled “ESRD QIP Dialysis Facility Performance Information.” It is posted on a CMS-approved website.

End Stage Renal Disease

  1. Where can I find information from CMS regarding the Medicare program that ties payment to the quality of dialysis care?
  2. I have questions about the ESRD QIP. What should I do?
  3. What statute provides the legislative authority for the ESRD QIP?
  4. Where can I find the rules further explaining and outlining the ESRD QIP?
  5. Why is the performance period so much earlier than the year that this performance affects payment?
  6. How is a facility’s performance in the ESRD QIP communicated to the facility and the public?
  7. What are the inclusion criteria for the ESRD QIP?
  8. What is the Performance Score Report?
  9. What is the Preview Period?
  10. As a facility, what do I do if the provider numbers listed in my Preview PSR are wrong?
  11. What do I do if the data in my Preview PSR do not match the data I submitted?
  12. What is the difference between a clarification question (or comment) and a formal inquiry?
  13. Who can submit a clarification question about a facility’s Preview PSR?
  14. Who can submit a formal inquiry about the Total Performance Score on a facility’s Preview PSR?
  15. When does the Preview Period end?
  16. How do the ESRD QIP measures differ from the measures reported in the Dialysis Facility Compare Report?
  17. Why was a Total Performance Score not calculated for my facility?
  18. What is the Performance Score Certificate?
  19. What does the PSC mean to patients?
  20. When will facilities receive their PSC?
  21. When should facilities begin displaying the PSC?
  22. How long does a facility need to display the PSC?
  23. Are there any special instructions about displaying the PSC?
  24. What should a facility do if its PSC is lost or destroyed?
  25. Will the PSCs be available to patients and the public through other sources?
  26. Do the PSCs indicate the quality of care that a facility provides?
  27. Are home hemodialysis-only facilities included in the PY 2014 ESRD QIP?
  28. Are peritoneal dialysis-only facilities included in the PY 2014 ESRD QIP?
  29. Are pediatric-only facilities included in the PY 2014 ESRD QIP?
  30. For purposes of the program, on what date are facilities considered “new”?

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