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ESRD Quality Measure Development, Maintenance, and Support

The University of Michigan Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center (UM-KECC) is the contractor for the MIDS End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Quality Measure Maintenance and Support Task Order from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Over the next five years, UM- KECC will provide the support necessary to revise and enhance quality measurement within the ESRD setting. This support includes work to develop, maintain and update the technical specifications for current and future ESRD measures. New measures, as well as those that are revised, go through the National Quality Forum (NQF) consensus endorsement process. Once measures are in use, CMS requires that they periodically be reevaluated. This is to determine, for example, whether revisions are necessary in response to new clinical evidence, or a change in clinical guidelines since the last cycle of review. In addition, UM-KECC will maintain and calculate the quality measures publically reported on the Dialysis Facility Compare (DFC) web site, a venue which allows patients, families and others to compare dialysis facilities on a number of characteristics and quality measures for hospitalization rates, mortality rates, vascular access, anemia and dialysis adequacy.

This Task Order is one of the initial task orders competed under the Measure & Instrument Development and Support (MIDS) IDIQ Umbrella contract for 2013-2018. The University of Michigan Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center (UM-KECC) was selected as one of the eighteen awardees for this Umbrella contract. The MIDS program promotes the quality of healthcare by emphasizing major strategies for evaluating and improving care. Under multiple task orders, the MIDS contractors will assist the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in developing, testing, maintaining, implementing, and publically reporting quality healthcare- specific measures that fill critical gaps within the National Quality Strategy and its six domains. These include measures relating to clinical quality of care, care coordination, population and community health, safety, person- and caregiver-centered experience and outcomes, and efficiency and cost reduction.