To receive the annual payment update (APU) for payment year (PY) 2014, all Medicare-certified dialysis facilities were required to contract with and have an independent survey vendor conduct an ICH CAHPS Survey with a sample of their patients in calendar year (CY) 2012. Similarly, to receive the APU for PY2015, all Medicare-certified ICH facilities were required to have an independent survey vendor conduct an ICH CAHPS Survey of their patients in CY2013.
Survey vendors administering the ICH CAHPS Surveys for CY2012 and CY2013 were required to use standardized ICH CAHPS Survey administration specifications that were developed by AHRQ and which are available on AHRQ’s CAHPS Web site at http://www.cahps.ahrq.gov/hemodialysis/. Medicare-certified dialysis facilities administering the survey in CYs 2012 and 2013 were not required to submit ICH CAHPS Survey data to CMS. They were required, however, to attest to CMS that they successfully conducted the ICH CAHPS Survey in each calendar year.