The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) added star ratings to the Dialysis Facility Compare (DFC) website on January 22, 2015. These ratings summarize performance data and spotlight excellence in health care quality. In addition to posting the star ratings, CMS updated data on individual DFC quality measures to reflect the most recent data for the existing measures.
To help prevent infection in people with end-stage renal disease, the Agency for Health Research & Quality (AHRQ) has developed a new resource called the AHRQ Safety Program for End-Stage Renal Disease Facilities Toolkit. Dialysis clinics can use this toolkit to prevent health care-associated infections in their patients.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) hosted a National Provider Call on January 21, 2015 (2:00–3:30 pm) to provide an overview of the Final Rule (published November 6, 2014) that operationalized the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Quality Incentive Program (QIP) for Payment
On October 31, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule that will update payment policies and rates under the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Prospective Payment System (PPS) for renal dialysis services furnished to beneficiaries on or after January 1, 2015.
Ebola virus disease has topped the headlines for some time, and cases of health care workers infected in the United States have brought a heightened awareness for nurses and other providers. It is imperative that health care providers remain aware of early identification strategies, care practices, and the issues surrounding this virus.