Sample Report

A sample of each report showing the structure and content of the report are available below. These are samples only and are not the report for any particular facility, state, or region.

Sample Quarterly Dialysis Facility Compare - Preview for January 2019 Report
This document contains a sample of the Quarterly Dialysis Facility Compare Report that is posted on the secure site.

Methodology

Guides

A guide providing detailed descriptions of the contents of each report is available to help readers in the interpretation of the data summaries. 

Guide to the Quarterly Dialysis Facility Compare (QDFC) Report 
This document provides a detailed description of the contents of the QDFC Report that will help facilities to interpret the data summaries that will be reported on the DFC website.

Guide to the New Measures Table for the Quarterly Dialysis Facility Compare (QDFC) Report 
This document provides a detailed description of the New Measures that have been included in the QDFC report.

Technical Documentation

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 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 DFC Star Rating Methodology for the October 2018 Release
This document describes the updated DFC Star Rating Methodology for the October 2018 DFC Star Rating Release. The Updated DFC Star Rating Methodology will be implemented in the July 2018 QDFC Preview Reports.

CMS Responses to Questions and Comments about the Dialysis Facility Compare (DFC) 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 DFC Standardized Mortality Ratio (SMR) and Standardized Hospitalization Ratio (SHR)
This document lists the ICD-10 codes for prevalent comorbidities used in the DFC Standardized Mortality Ratio and Standardized Hospitalization Ratio quality measure calculations for dialysis facilities.

QDFC Codes
The list of all codes (i.e., ICD-9, ICD-10, HCPCS) used to calculate the following measures reported in the QDFC Reports: Transfusions (Table 1), Vascular access types (Table 2), and Dialysis Adequacy (Table 3).

SRR Codes
This document lists the Standardized Readmissions Ratio ICD-9 and 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 DFC Star Rating Methodology
This document describes the updated statistical methods used in the DFC 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 DFC Star Rating Original Methodology
This document describes the original statistical methods used in the DFC to calculate the October 2015 Star Rating. 

Measure Specifications

The Measure Information Forms (MIFs) that describe the specifications for each measure reported on DFC can be found on the ESRD Measures page.