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Latest Data Refresh on CMS Dialysis Facility Compare

The latest quarterly dialysis facility compare data refresh has been posted to CMS Dialysis Facility Compare Website on July 22 2020. Dialysis Facility Compare provides details on dialysis facilities (centers) across the country, including how well each dialysis center delivers care and the services they provide, and patient experiences with dialysis centers.

This quarterly data refresh included:

  1. Avoiding unnecessary transfusions (1 measure)
    • Rate of transfusions (01/01/2018 – 12/31/2018)
  2. Preventing bloodstream infections: 1 measure
    • Preventing bloodstream infections (01/01/2018 – 12/31/2018)
  3. Removing waste from blood (dialysis adequacy) and nutritional status – 5 measures (10/01/2018 – 09/30/2019)
    • Adult patients who had enough wastes removed from their blood during hemodialysis
    • Adult patients who had enough wastes removed from their blood during peritoneal dialysis
    • Children who had enough wastes removed from their blood during hemodialysis
    • Children who had enough wastes removed from their blood during peritoneal dialysis
    • Children who had a monthly normalized protein catabolic rate (nPCR) measured during in-center hemodialysis
  4. Using the most effective access to the bloodstream (vascular access) – 2 measures  (10/01/2018 – 09/30/2019)
    • Adult patients who received treatment through an arteriovenous fistula
    • Adult patients who had a catheter (tube) left in a vein for at least 3 consecutive complete months, for their regular hemodialysis treatments
  5. Keeping a patient’s mineral levels in balance (mineral & bone disorder) – 1 measure
    • Adult patients who had too much calcium in their blood (10/01/2018 – 09/30/2019)
  6. Transplant Waitlist – 2 measures
    • Transplant waitlist within a year of dialysis initiation (01/01/2015 – 12/31/2017) 
    • Patients who were on the kidney or kidney-pancreas transplant waiting list (10/01/2018 – 09/30/2019)
  7. Avoiding hospitalizations & deaths – 3 measures (01/01/2015 – 12/31/2018)
    •  Frequency of hospital admission
    •  Frequency of hospital readmission
    •  Frequency of patient death

Survey of patients’ experiences: (6 measures)
Data collection for the Spring Survey conducted in each year takes place between April and July. Data collection for the Fall Survey conducted each year takes place between October and January. The patient survey results are not included in the quality of patient care star rating.

  1. Patients who reported that kidney doctors “always” communicated well and cared for them as a person.
  2. Patients who reported that dialysis center staff “always” communicated well, kept patients comfortable and pain-free as possible, behaved in a professional manner, and kept the center clean.
  3. Patients who reported that YES their kidney doctors and dialysis center staff gave them the information they needed to take care of their health.
  4. Patients who gave their kidney doctors a rating of 9 or 10 on a scale of 0 (worst possible) to 10 (best possible).
  5. Patients who gave the dialysis center staff a rating of 9 or 10 on a scale of 0 (worst possible) to 10 (best possible).
  6. Patients who gave the dialysis center a rating of 9 or 10 on a scale of 0 (worst possible) to 10 (best possible).

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