Sample Reports

Samples 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 October 2018 Report
This document contains a sample of the Quarterly Dialysis Facility Compare Report that is posted on the secure site.

Sample FY 2019 Dialysis Facility Report
This document contains a sample of the Dialysis Facility Reports that are posted on our secure site. Please note that Table 14 is created only for those facilities that treated at least five pediatric patients over the four year period.

Sample FY 2018 State Profile
This document contains a sample of the State Profiles that are posted on our secure site.

Sample FY 2018 Region Profile
This document contains a sample of the Region Profiles that are posted on our secure site.

Methodology & Technical Documentation

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 Report
This document provides a detailed description of the contents of the 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 Report
This document provides a detailed description of the New Measures that have been included in the QDFC preview report.

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. 

Guide to the FY 2019 Dialysis Facility Reports
This document provides a detailed description of the contents of the report that will help facilities to interpret the data summaries. 

Guide to the FY 2018 State Profiles
This document provides a detailed description of the contents of the State Profile that will help readers to interpret the data summaries.

Guide to the FY 2018 Region Profiles  
This document provides a detailed description of the contents of the Region Profile that will help readers to interpret the data summaries.

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. The Updated DFC Star Rating Methodology will be implemented in the July 2016 QDFC Preview Reports.

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.

Technical Notes on the DFR Standardized Mortality Ratio (SMR)
This is a document describing the statistical methods used in the Dialysis Facility Reports for calculating the SMR. Model details for the SMR are reported in this Microsoft Excel workbook. Similarly, model details for the first year SMR are reported in this Microsoft Excel workbook.

Technical Notes on the DFR Standardized Hospitalization Ratio (SHR)
This is a document describing the statistical methods used in the Dialysis Facility Reports for calculating the SHR. Model details for the SHR are reported in this Microsoft Excel workbook.

Technical Notes on the DFR Standardized Transfusion Ratio (STrR)
This is a document describing the statistical methods used in the Dialysis Facility Reports for calculating the STrR.  Model details for the STrR are reported in this Microsoft Excel workbook.

Model Details for the DFR Standardized Readmission Ratio (SRR)
Parameter estimates for the second stage model for the Standardized Readmission Ratio (SRR) are available in this Microsoft Excel workbook

Technical Notes on the DFC Star Rating Original Methodology
This document describes the statistical methods used in the DFC to calculate the Star Rating. 

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.

DFR Codes
The list of  all codes (i.e., ICD-9, ICD-10, HCPCS) used to calculate the following measures reported in the DFR: hospitalizations (Table 4), influenza vaccinations (Table 7),  transfusions (Table 8), Kt/V reported in Medicare claims (Table 9), access related infections (Table 11), and prevalent comorbid conditions (Table 12). 

Prevalent Comorbidity Adjustment Codes used in the DFC Standardized Mortality Ratio (SMR)
This document lists the ICD-9 and ICD-10 codes for prevalent comorbidities used in the DFC Standardized Mortality Ratio quality measure calculations for dialysis facilities.

Prevalent Comorbidity Adjustment Codes used in the Standardized Hospitalization Ratio (Admissions and Days)
This document lists the ICD-9 and ICD-10 codes for prevalent comorbidities used in the Standardized Hospitalization Ratio (Admissions and Days) 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: hospitalizations (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.

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.