quality incentive program (qip)
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Quality Incentive Program (QIP) is designed to encourage the delivery of high-quality services in dialysis facilities. The ESRD QIP is one of several pay-for-performance or “value-based purchasing” initiatives that CMS has undertaken to transform the healthcare payment system to one that considers the quality of services provided to beneficiaries, not just the quantity of services provided.
Each dialysis facility must post a Performance Score Certificate that documents the facility’s performance on the ESRD QIP including their Total Performance Score, scores on individual measures, and comparisons to the national average. Facilities must display their Performance Score Certificate within five business days of receiving notice from CMS that the certificate is available. The certificate must be posted for the entire year (January 1-December 31) in an area where it is easily visible to beneficiaries and their families or caregivers. These certificates must be updated and posted annually.