CMS Adds Star Ratings to Dialysis Facility Compare Website and Additional Information / Updates

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.

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Fact Sheet on Dialysis Facility Compare Star Ratings

Kidney Community Response

On February 13, 2015, Kidney Care Partners (KCP) provided recommendations to the CMS ESRD Five Star Technical Expert Panel.

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Dialysis Rating System Explained (Interview with Past President Glenda Payne)

ANNA Past President Glenda Payne discussed the new Dialysis Facility Compare Five Star Rating System with Lori Hartwell, President of the Renal Support Network (RSN). This interview, which focuses on how the new rating system works and how patients can use Dialysis Facility Compare to make informed decisions about their treatment, is available as a podcast on the RSN website.

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Open Door Forum on Star Rating System (February 4, 2015)

CMS hosted a Special Open Door Forum entitled "Understanding Dialysis Facility Compare - Driving Informed Decision Making" on February 4, 2015.

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