CMS released a proposed rule to update and make revisions to the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) prospective payment system (PPS) for 2016. According to CMS, the proposals in this rule are necessary to ensure that ESRD facilities receive accurate Medicare payment amounts for furnishing outpatient maintenance dialysis treatments during calendar year 2016. This rule also proposes to

    • Set requirements for the ESRD Quality Incentive Program (QIP) for CY 2016.
    • Establish and revise requirements for quality reporting and measurement, including the inclusion of new quality measures for payment year (PY) 2019 and beyond.
    • Update programmatic policies for the PY 2017 nd PY 2018 ESRD QIP.
    Comments are due August 25, 2015.

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