Quality Improvement Program Open Door Forum Teleconference Info

Sorry I didn’t post this sooner. There will be an opportunity to listen to the teleconference later if you don’t see this until after the teleconference today. The slides can be found at:

Subject: Special ODF: End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Quality Incentive Program (QIP) Payment Year 2012: Proposed Rule Overview for Beneficiaries and Patient Advocates

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Special Open Door Forum: End Stage Renal Disease Quality Incentive Program Payment Year 2012: Proposed Rule Overview For Beneficiaries and Patient Advocates
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
2:00PM – 3:30PM ET
Conference Call Only

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will hold a Special Open Door Forum (ODF) to discuss the proposed rule for the End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Quality Incentive Program (QIP) that will go into effect January 1, 2012.

This Special ODF is designed specifically for ESRD beneficiaries, their families, and advocates in an effort to increase awareness and understanding of the proposed rule. In addition, the discussion will cover potential effects of the ESRD QIP. Most importantly, this Forum provides CMS with the opportunity to engage and listen to the needs and concerns of the beneficiary and advocate community.

The rule went on display at the Federal Register on July 26, 2010, and can be read online at http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/pdf/2010-18465.pdf .

During this ODF, CMS will provide a comprehensive overview of the proposed rule and provide key insights to the ESRD QIP, including:

• Why the Quality Incentive Program was needed;
• How it will impact the care beneficiaries currently receive;
• What will change as a result of implementing the ESRD QIP and what will stay the same;
• An overview of the ESRD QIP;
• How the ESRD QIP was designed to improve quality of care; and
• How beneficiaries, their families, and patient advocates can submit comments and play a role in improving quality of dialysis care.

After CMS’ presentation, participants will have an opportunity to ask questions.

Discussion materials for this Special ODF will be available to download at http://www.cms.gov/ESRDQualityImproveInit/ by September 17, 2010.

We look forward to your participation and comments.

Special Open Door Forum Participation Instructions:
Dial: 1-800-837-1935 Reference Conference ID#: 98957601.

Note: TTY Communications Relay Services are available for the Hearing Impaired. For TTY services dial 7-1-1 or 1-800-855-2880. A Relay Communications Assistant will help.

An audio recording and transcript of this Special Open Door Forum will be posted to the Special Open Door Forum website: http://www.cms.gov/OpenDoorForums/05_ODF_SpecialODF.asp and will be accessible for downloading beginning on or around October 7, 2010 and will be available for 30 days.

For automatic emails of Open Door Forum schedule updates (E-Mailing list subscriptions) and to view Frequently Asked Questions please visit our website at http://www.cms.gov/opendoorforums .