Medicare adds star ratings for
dialysis facilities to growing list of compare sites
CMS plans adding Standardized
Readmission Ratio (SRR) for dialysis facilities to reported quality
outcome measures soon
22, 2015 Senior citizens needing the services of a dialysis facility
have new help this morning in choosing the treatment that best meets
their requirements. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
added star ratings to the
Dialysis Facility Compare (DFC) website and updated the site with
the most recent information.
The star ratings summarize
performance data, making it easier for consumers to use the information
on the website. These ratings also spotlight excellence in health care
quality, according to the CMS announcement.
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.
Star ratings are simple to
understand and are an excellent resource for patients, their families,
and caregivers to use when talking to doctors about health care
choices, said CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner, who will be leaving
CMS at the end of February.
CMS has taken another step in its
continuous commitment to improve quality measures and transparency.
CMS plans to add the Standardized
Readmission Ratio (SRR) for dialysis facilities to the publicly reported
quality outcome measures available on the Compare website. SRR is a
measure of care coordination. SRR is not included in DFCs star rating
at this time.
DFC quality measure data is either
updated quarterly or annually. CMS plans to update the DFCs star rating
on an annual basis beginning in October 2015.
DFC joined Nursing Home Compare and
Physician Compare in expanding the use of star ratings on CMS websites.
The DFC rating gives a one to five-star rating based on information
about the quality of care and services that a dialysis facility
provides. Currently, nine DFC quality measures are being used
collectively to comprise the DFC star ratings. In the future, CMS plans
to add more measures.
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