ESRD Quality Incentive Program (QIP)
The Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA) of 2008 requires CMS to publicly report ESRD QIP facility performance to facilities and beneficiaries alike. Publicly reporting data is intended to promote transparency and improve patients’ ability to make informed decisions.
Tracking of improvement of identified risk factors over time and amongst ESRD QIP participating facilities provides additional support for the positive efficacy of such transparency efforts.
CMS ESRD QIP supports this drive for quality transparency and provides key consumer information in several ways. Most prominent amongst these is the Performance Score Certificate (PSC) that facilities must display publicly.
Performance Score Certificates
CMS furnishes each dialysis facility with a PSC each year that documents the facility’s Total Performance Score. CMS provides the PSC in English and in Spanish.
Facilities must display their PSC in a prominent location within 15 business days of the PSC’s release. The initial PSC reported facility scores as part of Payment Year (PY) 2012; new PSCs will be provided annually thereafter. Sample PSCs can be accessed from the CMS.gov website using the following links:
Annual Performance Results
CMS publishes data about facility results and payment reductions each year around late December. This information is included on Dialysis Facility Compare so that beneficiaries can select facilities based on their performance.
CMS also posts a Performance Score Summary Report (PSSR) data file, a sizeable spreadsheet containing the performance values of each facility for the given PY.