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Dialysis Discussion => Advocacy => Topic started by: okarol on February 05, 2010, 06:50:08 PM

Title: Open Door Forum Panel - development of new quality measures for ESRD
Post by: okarol on February 05, 2010, 06:50:08 PM
End-Stage Renal Disease and Clinical Laboratories Open Door Forum

**Updated February 4, 2010- CMS is convening a Technical Expert Panel (TEP) for the development of new quality measures for the ESRD population on March 10-11, 2010. Nominations for this TEP are now being accepted through February 17 at our Call for Technical Expert Panel website (http://www.cms.hhs.gov/apps/QMIS/CallforTEP.asp); self-nominations are also welcome. This TEP will be unique in that we will be convening Six Clinical TEPs of approximately 6-8 individuals each that will evaluate evidence for the development of new measures based on the following topic areas:
Anemia Management (Target value for Serum Ferritin, Target value for Transferrin Saturation);
Mineral Metabolism (Target value for Calcium, Target value for Phosphorus)
Vascular Access Infection Rate (Catheter Infection Rate)
Pediatric Adequacy (Hemodialysis [HD], Peritoneal Dialysis [PD])
Pediatric Anemia (Anemia Management)
Fluid Weight Management

In order to develop the strongest quality measures we are seeking experts with the following qualifications: Topic Knowledge; Expertise including, but not limited to: ESRD, Anemia Management, Mineral Metabolism, Vascular Access Infection Rate, Pediatric Adequacy, Pediatric Anemia and Fluid Weight Management; Performance Measurement; Quality Improvement; Consumer Perspective; Purchaser Perspective; Health Care Disparities

*Update on the Medicare Contractor Provider Satisfaction Survey- The fifth annual national administration of the Medicare Contractor Provider Satisfaction Survey (MCPSS) is now underway. If you received a letter indicating that you were randomly selected to participate in the 2010 MCPSS, CMS urges you to take a few minutes to go online and complete this important survey via a secure Internet website. Responding online is a convenient, easy, and quick way to provide CMS with your feedback on the performance of the FFS contractor that processes and pays your Medicare claims. Survey questionnaires can also be submitted by mail, secure fax, and over the telephone. To learn more about the MCPSS, please visit the CMS MCPSS website http://www.cms.hhs.gov/mcpss or to view the CMS MLN Matters Special Edition article, SE1005 featuring the 2010 MCPSS, please go to the Downloads section below. For questions related to MCPSS, contact Teresa Mundell at Teresa.Mundell@cms.hhs.gov.


***End Stage Renal Disease & Clinical Laboratories Open Door Forum Overview

The End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) and Clinical Laboratories Open Door Forum (ODF) addresses the concerns of the renal care and lab service communities in relation to the Medicare & Medicaid programs. Payment, billing, and coverage issues are all handled in the discussions, as well as specifics within CLIA, the Fistula First Initiative, and ESRD-related provisions of the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) and the Medicare Modernization Act (MMA). Timely announcements and clarifications regarding important rulemaking, agency program initiatives, and other related areas are also included in the forums.
Medicare Learning Network (MLN) Special Edition Article #SE1005: Providers Randomly Selected to Participate in the Medicare Contractor Provider Satisfaction Survey (MCPSS) Urged to Respond (PDF, 66 KB)
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