Nephrology News recently posted an article on how the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released preliminary results from its new five-star rating system for dialysis clinics, and is giving providers a month to review the ranking and file any objections.
Dialysis clinics can gain access to their ratings at www.dialysisreports.org, the same website that offers them a preview of their performance scores for the Quality Improvement Program. The ratings will go live in October; dialysis clinics have through August 15 to contest their star rating.
The rating system is similar to those used in restaurant and movie reviews (5 stars for the best, 1 star for the worst) and is calculated based on clinic performance on measures listed on the Dialysis Facility Compare (http://www.medicare.gov/DialysisFacilityCompare/search.html) website. The measures include those from the Quality Improvement Program as well as additional measures that look at transfusion rates, hospitalizations, and mortality.
To read the full article visit: http://www.nephrologynews.com/articles/110330-preview-of-five-star-rating-for-dialysis-clinics-underway
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