End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Overview
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) established the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Quality Initiative in 2004 as part of its ongoing efforts to improve the quality of dialysis care provided to ESRD patients. This initiative supports quality improvement efforts among providers and makes available quality information that will enable patients to participate in making health care decisions.
The backbone of CMSs ESRD information system is CROWNWebthe Consolidated Renal Operations in a Web-Enabled Network. ESRD networks and dialysis facilities use CROWNWeb to enter and submit patient and clinical quality of care data to CMS.
Registering for access to CROWNWeb
To access CROWNWeb, ESRD Network and facility staff must register for a QualityNet Identity Management System (QIMS) account by completing both parts of the online QIMS Account Form:
- Part A (general QIMS account information) - Must be completed, printed, signed by the End User Manager and Security Official, and sent to the QualityNet Help Desk.
- Part B (CROWNWeb portion, which defines a user's CROWNWeb role and scope), PDF - Must be completed in order to access the CROWNWeb system. Part B must be downloaded, printed and provided to the End User Manager for signature and configuration in CROWNWeb.
- Security Training - Must be completed by each QIMS applicant within the prior 12 months. A signed copy of the Certificate of Completion must be provided as part of the QIMS application process.
Receiving User ID and Password
When a new account is created QIMS, the system will generate e-mail notifications to account holders providing the User ID and temporary Password (in separate messages). The new user will be asked to log in to the QIMS system, using the Manage QIMS Account links at left to create a new password. Users will then be ready to access QIMS and/or the CROWNWeb system when they are available.
Updating personal information
Registered CROWNWeb users may use the Manage QIMS Account link at any time to establish their security questions, reset their passwords, or update their personal information. For detailed instructions, see the QIMS User's Manual.