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Annual ESRD QIP Preview Period Open

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) End-Stage Renal Disease Quality Incentive Program (ESRD QIP) reminds you that the Payment Year (PY) 2021 ESRD QIP Preview Period will end Aug. 31, 2020 at 11:59 p.m., PT.

Next Steps

CMS recommends that every organization take the following steps:
  • Facility or Corporate Viewers and Points of Contact (POCs) should access and review the facility’s Preview Performance Score Report (PSR), available through the ESRD QIP User Interface (UI) in the ESRD Quality Reporting System (EQRS).
  • Facility and Corporate POCs should submit inquiries regarding the facility’s PY 2021 scores before the Preview Period concludes.


CMS will evaluate all inquiries and make any necessary adjustments to facility measure scores before finalizing Total Performance Scores and applicable payment reductions. Facilities will continue to receive responses to their inquiries via the ESRD QIP UI in EQRS after the close of the Preview Period.

Learn More

To learn more about ESRD QIP and the PY 2021 Preview Period, please visit the ESRD QIP section of QualityNet.org. For more information on using the EQRS system—including user role requests, downloading Preview PSRs, and submitting inquiries—please refer to the Previewing Your Facility’s PY 2021 Performance Data webinar materials. For further assistance regarding the information contained in this message, please contact the ESRD QIP Support Team using the ServiceNow Q&A Tool.

What is the ESRD QIP?

CMS developed the ESRD QIP to be the nation’s first pay-for-performance (also known as “value-based purchasing”) quality incentive program as mandated by the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA) section 153(c). This first-of-its-kind program provides the ESRD community with the opportunity to enhance the overall quality of care that ESRD patients receive as they battle this devastating disease.

From the CMS ESRD QIP website

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) administers the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Quality Incentive Program (QIP) to promote high-quality services in outpatient dialysis facilities treating patients with ESRD.  The first of its kind in Medicare, this program changes the way CMS pays for the treatment of  patients with ESRD by linking a portion of payment directly to facilities’ performance on quality of care measures. These types of programs are known as “pay-for-performance” or “value-based purchasing” (VBP) programs.

The ESRD QIP will reduce payments to ESRD facilities that do not meet or exceed certain performance standards. The maximum payment reduction CMS can apply to any facility is two percent. This reduction will apply to all payments for services performed by the facility receiving the reduction during the applicable payment year (PY).

Payment reductions result when a facility’s overall score on applicable measures does not meet established standards. CMS publicly reports facility ESRD QIP scores; these scores are available online on Dialysis Facility Compare. In addition, each facility is required to display a Performance Score Certificate that lists its Total Performance Score, as well as its performance on each of the quality measures identified for that year.

The foundation, principles, and mechanisms guiding the ESRD QIP will remain the same over time, but the program’s specific quality measures, standards, weights, and formulas will change from year to year.

For full details about the ESRD QIP, go directly to the CMS ESRD QIP website.

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