Below is a sample of the Preview Report for the Quarterly Dialysis Facility Care Compare (QDFCC). This document shows the structure and content of a report, but it is a sample only and does not contain the data for any particular facility, state, or region.
Below is the Guide to the Preview Report for the Quarterly Dialysis Facility Care Compare (QDFCC). This document provides a detailed description of the contents of the QDFCC Report that will help facilities to interpret the data summaries that will be reported on the DFCC website.
Star Rating Measure Scoring Tables and Instructions
The Star Rating Measure Scoring Tables and Instructions document provides additional information to support Section X of the Guide to the Dialysis Facility Care Compare Reports. In the document, you can follow the instructions to calculate individual measure scores and review where your facility lies within each measure score, domain score and final score for star rating. The tables can be used to identify areas for improvement for future star ratings.
Technical Notes on the Updated DFCC Star Rating Methodology for the October 2018 Release
This document describes the updated DFCC Star Rating Methodology that was implemented in the October 2018 DFCC Star Rating Release. The current DFCC Star Rating continues to use this updated methodology.
CMS Responses to Questions and Comments about the Dialysis Facility Compare (DFCC) Star Ratings
This document provides responses to the questions and issues raised by the ESRD community about the Star Rating system.
Prevalent Comorbidity Adjustment Codes used in the DFCC Standardized Mortality Ratio (SMR) and Standardized Hospitalization Ratio (SHR)
This document lists the ICD-10 codes for prevalent comorbidities used in the DFCC Standardized Mortality Ratio and Standardized Hospitalization Ratio quality measure calculations for dialysis facilities.
The list of all codes (i.e., ICD-10, HCPCS) used to calculate the following measures reported in the QDFCC Reports: Transfusions, Vascular Access Types, and Dialysis Adequacy.
Standardized Readmission Ratio (SRR) Codes
This document lists the Standardized Readmissions Ratio ICD-10 codes used in quality measure calculations for dialysis facilities. The file includes a separate tab for each exclusions.
Previous Technical Documentation
Technical Notes on the Updated DFCC Star Rating Methodology
This document describes the updated statistical methods used in the DFCC to calculate the Star Rating. This methodology was used for the October 2016 – April 2018 star rating releases. This methodology was replaced with the October 2018 release.
Technical Notes on the DFCC Star Rating Original Methodology
This document describes the original statistical methods used in the DFCC to calculate the October 2015 Star Rating.
The Measure Information Forms (MIFs) that describe the specifications for each measure reported on DFCC can be found on the ESRD Measures page.