New Part D Opioid Overutilization Policies Call: 2/14/19

Date: Thursday, February 14, 2019

Time: 1:30 pm to 3 pm ET

Registration Link: Register for Medicare Learning Network events.

About the Event: CMS implemented new opioid policies for Medicare drug plans effective January 1. The new policies include:

  • Improved safety alerts when patients fill opioid prescriptions at the pharmacy
  • Drug management programs for patients at-risk for misuse or abuse of opioids or other drugs

During this call, CMS experts discuss the new policies and answer questions.

Prior to the call, participants should review the following materials:

Target Audience: Physicians; physician assistants; nurses; nurse practitioners; dentists and other prescribers; case managers; and other interested stakeholders.

February 2019 CROWNWeb Newsletter

The CROWNWeb Newsletter for February 2019 is now available, at http://mycrownweb.org/2019/01/february-2019-newsletter/.  It features several comprehensive articles on the 2744 Annual Facility Survey, including announcement of a 2744 Training session on February 19, 2019, repeated on February 26.  In addition to the usual useful links and notes – which are much expanded in the Newsletter’s new format – a February 28 CROWNWeb Town Hall is also announced.

Webinar: Decision Making and Palliative Care for the Older Patient with ESRD

The Coalition for Supportive Care of Kidney Patients is hosting a webinar, Navigating the Landscape: Decision Making and Palliative Care for the Older Patient with ESRD, on January 24, 2019, from 12:00 – 1:00 PM ET.

Join Vanessa Grubbs, MD, for the third webinar in the series on kidney supportive care, a companion series to articles published in Nephrology News & Issues. Dr. Grubbs will present on the best case/worst case decision aid for use with older patients with ESRD.

The webinars are free, but advance registration is required.

CROWNWeb Attestation Training

ICH CAHPS Attestation training is now available from CROWNWeb. The ICH CAHPS Attestation must be completed in CROWNWeb before February 28, 2019 by any facility that treated fewer than 30 adult HD patients during the 2017 calendar year. See http://mycrownweb.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Attestation_2019_508_Compliant.pdf for detailed instructions. Find CROWNWeb Online Help at http://mycrownweb.org/assets/crownweb/.

CROWNWeb Attestation Training

ICH CAHPS Attestation training is now available from CROWNWeb.  The ICH CAHPS Attestation must be completed in CROWNWeb before February 28, 2019 by any facility that treated fewer than 30 adult HD patients during the 2017 calendar year.  See http://mycrownweb.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Attestation_2019_508_Compliant.pdf for detailed instructions.  Find CROWNWeb Online Help at http://mycrownweb.org/assets/crownweb/.

Downloading and Printing of PY2019 Performance Score Certificates

Please be advised that when generating a Performance Score Certificate (PSC) report for PY2019, the CROWNWEB system will generate a report that contains all the PSCs that a user is authorized to view, even if only subset or single facility is selected. While this eliminates the burden of generating a report for each facility, it requires users to split the report into individual PSCs after downloading the combined file. NOTE: If a user has access to only one facility, this issue does not affect them.

This functionality will be adjusted for future payment years, but for the current payment year (PY2019) please employ the two below workarounds to print individual facility PSCs:

Option 1: Use PDF Print option or other PDF tools to split out the PSCs for the individual facilities into individual PDF files.

  1. Open the master PDF which contains all the PSCs for all the facilities the user has downloaded
  2. Select File → Print
  3. From the Printer drop down, select a PDF Writer
  4. From the Pages to Print section, click the Pages radio button and enter the page range to be printed for the PSC for the individual facility.
  5. Click Print
  6. When prompted, select the location to save the file from Step 4

Option 2: Submit a help desk ticket to request report bursting for PSCs

  1. User submits a help desk ticket to Product Data Management (PDM) to request a burst report of PSCs for the facilities assigned to their role
  2. This process may take some time since a Change Request (CR) will be required

For additional information or assistance, please contact the QualityNet Help Desk at qnetsupport-esrd@hcqis.org or (866) 288-8912 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 8p.m. ET.