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By ICHCAHPS on 10/26/2018

ICH CAHPS Survey results based on combined data from the 2017 ICH CAHPS Spring Survey and the 2017 ICH CAHPS Fall Survey were posted on Dialysis Facility Compare on the www.medicare.gov website in October 2018. Click here to see the state and national averages for the three ICH CAHPS composite measures and the three global ratings based on the combined data from those two survey periods. The average response rate for each state and the overall response rate are also provided in this document.

By ICHCAHPS on 10/19/2018

The ICH CAHPS Survey results that are currently posted on Dialysis Facility Compare (DFC) on the medicare.gov website are based on ICH CAHPS Survey data from the 2017 ICH CAHPS Spring and 2017 Fall Surveys. The results shown are statistically adjusted for both data collection mode and for patient-mix. Information about the adjustments made to the survey results and the coefficients used to adjust the results can be found here. Information presented in this document will allow ICH facilities to approximate the effect of patient-mix adjustment on their ICH CAHPS Survey results that were posted on DFC in October 2018.

Please contact the ICH CAHPS Survey Coordination Team at 1–866–245–8083 or via e-mail at ichcahps@rti.org if you have any questions about patient mix adjustment.

By ICHCAHPS on 7/31/2018

The ESRD Prospective Payment System (PPS) proposed rule for calendar year 2019, which was published in the Federal Register on July 19, 2018, is now available here.

By ICHCAHPS on 4/25/2018

The ICH CAHPS Survey results that are currently posted on Dialysis Facility Compare (DFC) on the medicare.gov website are based on ICH CAHPS Survey data from the 2016 ICH CAHPS Fall and 2017 Spring Surveys. The results shown are statistically adjusted for both data collection mode and for patient mix. Information about the adjustments made to the survey results and the coefficients used to adjust the results can be found here. Information presented in this document will allow ICH facilities to approximate the effect of patient mix adjustment on their ICH CAHPS Survey results that were posted on DFC in April 2018.

Please contact the ICH CAHPS Survey Coordination Team at 1-866-245-8083 or via e-mail at ichcahps@rti.org if you have any questions about patient mix adjustment.

By ICHCAHPS on 1/24/2018

The ICH CAHPS Survey results that are currently posted on Dialysis Facility Compare (DFC) on the medicare.gov website are based on ICH CAHPS Survey data from the 2016 ICH CAHPS Spring and Fall Surveys. The results shown are statistically adjusted for both data collection mode and for patient mix. Information about the adjustments made to the survey results and the coefficients used to adjust the results can be found here. Information presented in this document will allow ICH facilities to approximate the effect of patient mix adjustment on their ICH CAHPS Survey results that were posted on DFC in January 2018.

Please contact the ICH CAHPS Survey Coordination Team at 1–866–245–8083 or via e-mail at ichcahps@rti.org if you have any questions about patient mix adjustment.

By ICHCAHPS on 1/8/2018
The ESRD Prospective Payment System (PPS) final rule for calendar year 2018, which was published in the Federal Register on November 1, 2017, is available on this website. Click here to view the CY2018 ESRD PPS.
By ICHCAHPS on 11/2/2017
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and its Quality Incentive Program (QIP) are currently discussing the use of star ratings when reporting ICH CAHPS Survey results on Dialysis Facility Compare (DFC) on www.medicare.gov. Star ratings would make it easier for consumers to use the information on the DFC website and spotlight excellence in health care quality. The methods that will be used to calculate linear scores and for producing star ratings for ICH CAHPS Survey measures that are publicly reported on the DFC are described here. Please note that implementing star ratings for the ICH CAHPS Survey is in the discussion phase only; there is not an immediate plan to implement star ratings for ICH CAHPS Survey results that are publicly reported on DFC.

Please contact the ICH CAHPS Survey Coordination Team at 1–866–245–8083 or via e-mail at ichcahps@rti.org if...
By ICHCAHPS on 8/18/2017

The ESRD Prospective Payment System (PPS) proposed rule for calendar year 2018, which was published in the Federal Register on July 5, 2017, is now available here.

By ICHCAHPS on 7/5/2017

The ICH CAHPS Survey results that are currently posted on Dialysis Facility Compare (DFC) on the medicare.gov website are based on ICH CAHPS Survey data from the 2015 Fall and 2016 Spring ICH CAHPS Surveys. The results shown are statistically adjusted for both data collection mode and for patient mix. Information about the adjustments made to the survey results and the coefficients used to adjust the results can be found here. Information presented in this document will allow ICH facilities to approximate the effect of patient mix adjustment on their ICH CAHPS Survey results that were posted on DFC in April 2017.

Please contact the ICH CAHPS Survey Coordination Team at 1–866–245–8083 or via e-mail at ichcahps@rti.org if you have any questions about patient mix adjustment.

By ICHCAHPS on 2/14/2017
On November 10, 2016, the ICH CAHPS Coordination Team posted a document providing information about how survey results from the 2015 ICH CAHPS Spring and Fall Surveys, which are currently posted on the Dialysis Facility Compare (DFC) on the www.medicare.gov website, were adjusted for both data collection mode and for patient mix. That document has been revised to provide more detailed information about the adjustment factors, including an example of an adjustment for patient sex. The revised document is posted here.

Information presented in this document will allow ICH facilities to approximate the effect of patient mix adjustment on their ICH CAHPS Survey results that were posted on DFC in October 2016.

Please contact the ICH CAHPS Survey Coordination Team at 1–866–245–8083 or via e-mail at ichcahps@rti.org if you have any questions about patient mix adjustment....
By ICHCAHPS on 11/10/2016
As you may know, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) began publicly reporting In-center Hemodialysis CAHPS (ICH CAHPS) Survey results on Dialysis Facility Compare (DFC) on the medicare.gov website in October 2016. The ICH CAHPS Survey results that are currently posted on the DFC are based on ICH CAHPS Survey data from the two semi-annual surveys administered in calendar year 2015 (the 2015 ICH CAHPS Spring and Fall Surveys.) The results shown are statistically adjusted for both data collection mode and for patient mix. Information about the adjustments made to the survey results and the coefficients used to adjust the results can be found here. Information presented in this document will allow ICH facilities to approximate the effect of patient mix adjustment on their ICH CAHPS Survey results that were posted on DFC in October 2016.

Please contact...
By ICHCAHPS on 1/5/2016

The ESRD Prospective Payment System (PPS) final rule for calendar year 2016, which was published in the Federal Register on November 6, 2015, is available on this website. Click here to view the CY2016 ESRD PPS.

By ICHCAHPS on 5/4/2015

The list of approved ICH CAHPS Survey vendors has been updated.

By ICHCAHPS on 2/18/2015

The list of approved ICH CAHPS Survey vendors has been updated.

By ICHCAHPS on 1/27/2015

The ESRD Prospective Payment System (PPS) final rule for calendar year 2015, which was published in the Federal Register on November 6, 2014, is available on this website. Click here to view the CY2015 ESRD PPS.

By ICHCAHPS on 12/18/2014
Instructions for Changing Your Survey Vendor Using the Online ICH CAHPS Vendor Authorization Form

All in-center hemodialysis (ICH) facilities that are switching to a different ICH CAHPS Survey vendor to administer the 2015 ICH CAHPS Survey must change their vendor authorization on the ICH CAHPS website. Failure to do so will result in your sample going to the wrong vendor and your new vendor not being able to collect and submit ICH CAHPS Survey data for your facility.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) strongly recommends that you have a written contact with your ICH CAHPS Survey vendor before you complete and submit the online vendor authorization form on the website.

The steps for authorizing a different vendor on the ICH CAHPS website are as follows.

Log onto the ICH CAHPS website. Go to your personal dashboard, click “Authorize a Vendor”. The system will then take you to the Authorize a Vendor page. Select the “Switch to a different vendor” option...
By ICHCAHPS on 11/11/2014

The list of approved ICH CAHPS Survey vendors has been updated.

By ICHCAHPS on 8/19/2014

The list of approved ICH CAHPS Survey vendors has been updated.

By ICHCAHPS on 6/27/2014

The list of approved ICH CAHPS Survey vendors has been updated.

By ICHCAHPS on 4/25/2014

The list of approved ICH CAHPS Survey vendors has been updated.

By ICHCAHPS on 4/15/2014

The list of approved ICH CAHPS Survey vendors has been updated.

By ICHCAHPS on 4/4/2014
In-center hemodialysis (ICH) facilities administering the In-center Hemodialysis CAHPS (ICH CAHPS) Survey in calendar year (CY) 2014 must select and contract with a CMS-approved ICH CAHPS survey vendor to collect and submit ICH CAHPS Survey data on their behalf. Before CMS-approved ICH CAHPS Survey vendors can receive sample files or submit ICH CAHPS Survey data to the Data Center, each ICH facility must complete the online Authorize a Vendor form, which is now available on the ICH CAHPS website under the For Facilities tab after logging in.

Click here for more information about the ICH CAHPS vendor authorization process and instructions for completing the online Authorize a Vendor Form.

ICH facilities should note that the deadline for submitting Vendor Authorizations for the 2014 ICH CAHPS Fall Survey is 5:00 PM Eastern Time on July 31, 2014. If an ICH facility does not complete the vendor authorization process by that date, CMS will...
By ICHCAHPS on 3/27/2014

The list of approved ICH CAHPS Survey vendors has been updated.

By ICHCAHPS on 3/14/2014
A list of CMS-approved ICH CAHPS Survey vendors is available by clicking the “Approved Survey Vendors” link in the Quick Links box on the left side of the home page or by clicking the “Approved Survey Vendors” link under the General Information tab on this website.

In-center hemodialysis (ICH) facilities should note the following.

As per the ESRD Prospective Payment System Final Rule for calendar year (CY) 2014, ICH facilities must select and contract with a CMS-approved ICH CAHPS Survey vendor to administer the ICH CAHPS Survey on their behalf in CY2014 and in subsequent years. The deadline for survey vendors to submit an application to become a CMS-approved ICH CAHPS Survey vendor is April 30, 2014. The ICH CAHPS Coordination Team will update the list of approved vendors as soon as additional survey vendors have been granted approval. A final list of survey vendors that are approved to administer the CY2014 ICH CAHPS Survey will be posted on this website in May 2014. After selecting...
By ICHCAHPS on 3/11/2014

Note that this announcement, which was originally posted on the ICH CAHPS Website on March 11, 2014, has been revised to indicate that ICH facilities that serve more than 30 survey-eligible patients in calendar year 2014 will be required to administer the ICH CAHPS Survey in calendar year 2014.

In-center hemodialysis (ICH) facilities should note that the first sentence in the announcement posted on January 6, 2014 entitled “In-Center Hemodialysis Facility Participating in the ICH CAHPS Survey in CY2014” has been revised to indicate that ICH facilities that served 30 or more hemodialysis patients who meet survey eligibility criteria in calendar year 2014 are required to contract with a CMS-approved survey vendor to administer the ICH CAHPS Survey on their behalf.

Participation Requirements for the ICH CAHPS Survey

By ICHCAHPS on 1/6/2014
Note that this announcement, which was originally posted on the ICH CAHPS Website on January 6, 2014, has been revised to indicate that ICH facilities that serve more than 30 survey-eligible patients in calendar year 2014 will be required to administer the ICH CAHPS Survey in calendar year 2014.

The End Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System Final Rule for CY2014 requires each in-center hemodialysis facility serving more than 30 patients in 2014 to contract with a CMS-approved survey vendor to administer the ICH CAHPS Survey on its behalf. CMS published a list of CMS-approved ICH CAHPS Survey vendors on the ICH CAHPS Website at https://ichcahps.org in March 2014.

The following are steps that ICH facilities should take to begin their participation in the national implementation of the ICH CAHPS Survey.

Designate a staff member to serve as your facility’s ICH CAHPS Survey Administrator. Go to the ICH Website at the following link and complete...
By ICHCAHPS on 12/6/2013

The ESRD Prospective Payment System Final Rule for calendar year 2014, which was published in the Federal Register on December 2, 2013, is available at this link.

By ICHCAHPS on 7/11/2013

The ESRD Prospective Payment System Proposed Rule for calendar year 2014, which was published in the Federal Register on July 8, 2013, is available at this link.