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Quality Improvement Data Collection and Reports

Fistula First, Catheter LAST

In conjunction with the Fistula First Breakthrough Initiative, the ESRD Networks collect patient-specific vascular access data on a monthly basis. The data are reported by the number of patients using defined access types at a specific point in time (the last treatment day of the month). All outpatient hemodialysis facilities are required to submit vascular access data, as described below.

Data from LDO facilities are electronically transmitted from the corporate office directly to a CMS data contractor, and then to CROWNWeb. This information is uploaded from the computer systems within each dialysis facility. To assure data accuracy, facility staff should update vascular access types in computer records, as they change.

Non-LDO facilities in Network 8 submit data through CROWNWeb data entry also, either at the facility level (single-user interface) or via approve Health Information Exchange such as NRAA.. New non-LDO facilities should contact Network 8 QI staff if assistance is needed with vascular access data entry into CROWNWeb.

DFR/DFC Reports

The Dialysis Facility Reports (DFRs) and Quarterly Dialysis Facility Compare (QDFC) reports are created under contract to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide dialysis facilities, patients, state surveyors, and regions with valuable information on patient characteristics, treatment patterns, hospitalization, mortality, and transplantation patterns in their facilities. 

The Quarterly Dialysis Facility Compare (QDFC) Reports provide Networks and Facilities with advance notice of new and updated quality measures for their facility prior to being displayed on Dialysis Facility Compare. These measures are updated quarterly in January, April, July, and October of each year. A timeline of upcoming preview periods can be found here. Note that these dates are subject to change. 

These reports can be accessed by authorized personnel at www.dialysisdata.com . Please contact Network 8 QI staff if you have questions or need access to the reports.

Quality Incentive Program (QIP) Reports

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) administers the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Quality Incentive Program (QIP) to promote high-quality services in outpatient dialysis facilities treating patients with ESRD.  The first of its kind in Medicare, this program changes the way CMS pays for the treatment of patients with ESRD by linking a portion of payment directly to facilities’ performance on quality of care measures. These types of programs are known as “pay-for-performance” or “value-based purchasing” (VBP) programs.

The QIP Performance Score Report (PSR) includes facility information (CCN and contact information), achievement and improvement scores for each clinical measure, earned performance scores for all measures, Total Performance Score, unadjusted performance rates or ratios for clinical measures, performance standards applied, national average performance rates for clinical measures, payment reduction percentage, and text explaining the calculations used to generate the facility’s score

The QIP Performance Score Certificate (PSC) includes achievement and improvement scores for each clinical measure, earned performance scores for all measures, Total Performance Score, unadjusted performance rates for clinical measures, performance standards applied, national median for clinical measures, and background information on the calculations and the QIP. Once the final PSC for the upcoming payment year is released, facilities must display their PSC in a prominent location within fifteen business days.

These reports can be accessed by authorized personnel via QualityNet. Please contact Network 8 QI staff if you have questions or need access to the reports.

Network 8 Annual Report

Presents an overview of activities conducted by Network 8, Inc. Reports are submitted to CMS in July and posted on the Network 8 website following CMS approval.

Other Data Collections

On occasion, CMS requires the Networks to collect data for the United States Renal Data System (USRDS) and other approved entities. Facilities will receive notification regarding any additional data collection not mentioned above.

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