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 2017 Report
This document contains a sample of the Quarterly Dialysis Facility Compare Report that is posted on the secure site.

Sample FY 2018 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 and Modified Measures Table for the Quarterly Dialysis Facility Compare Reports
This document provides a detailed description of the New and Modified 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 2018 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 Standardized Mortality Ratio
This is a document describing the statistical methods used in the reports for calculating the SMR. If you are interested in calculating the SMR by hand, please use this Microsoft Excel workbook. Similarly, if you would like to calculate the first year SMR by hand, please use this Microsoft Excel workbook.

Technical Notes on the Standardized Hospitalization Ratio
This is a document describing the statistical methods used in the reports for calculating the SHR. If you are interested in calculating the SHR by hand, you will also need this Microsoft Excel workbook.

Technical Notes on the Standardized Transfusion Ratio
This document provides an example of the STrR calculation and allows you to calculate the STrR by hand using this Microsoft Excel workbook.

Model Details for Standardized Readmission Ratio
This document shows the parameter estimates for the second stage model for the 2016 Standardized Readmission Ratio (SRR). 

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 and readmissions (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). 

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 and readmissions (Table 1) and vascular access types (Table 3).

QDFC Codes for New and Modified Measures
The list of  all codes (i.e., ICD-9, ICD-10, HCPCS) used to identify new and modified measures reported in the Quarterly Dialysis Facility Compare Reports.

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

 

Below you fill find Measure Information Forms (MIFs) that describe the specifications for each measure reported on DFC.

Anemia
Standardized Transfusion Ratio (STrR) MIF

Dialysis Adequacy
Percentage of adult hemodialysis patients who had enough wastes removed from their blood during dialysis (Kt/V greater than or equal to 1.2) MIF
Percentage of adult peritoneal dialysis patients who had enough wastes removed from their blood (Kt/V greater than or equal to 1.7) MIF
Percentage of children who had enough wastes removed from their blood during hemodialysis (Kt/V greater than or equal to 1.2) MIF
Percentage of children who had enough wastes removed from their blood during peritoneal dialysis (Kt/V greater than or equal to 1.8) MIF

Vascular Access
Percentage of adult patients who received treatment through an arteriovenous fistula MIF
Percentage of adult patients who had a catheter (tube) left in a vein longer than 90 days, for their regular hemodialysis treatments MIF

Mineral and Bone Disorder
Adult dialysis patients who had too much calcium in their blood: Average calcium greater than 10.2 mg/dL MIF

Hospitalization & Deaths
Standardized Mortality Ratio (SMR) MIF
Standardized Hospitalization Ratio (SHR) MIF
Standardized Readmission Ratio (SRR) MIF