Announcing Dates for the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Quality Incentive Program (QIP) Payment Year 2019 Preview Period and Information Regarding User On-boarding for the ESRD Quality Reporting System (EQRS)

The Payment Year (PY) 2019 Preview Period for the ESRD QIP will begin on July 23, 2018, and end on August 23, 2018. The Preview Period provides an important opportunity for each facility to review and pose questions about its ESRD QIP scores and any potential payment reductions that may result.

During the PY 2019 Preview Period, facilities will be able to access a Preview Performance Score Report (PSR) to learn about how their estimated Total Performance Scores (TPS) were calculated. The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) constructed this year’s Preview PSR to provide more-streamlined reporting of facility performance that aligns with documentation provided by other CMS Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) programs.

On Wednesday, July 11, 2018, CMS plans to conduct a webinar on the PY 2019 Preview Period. The purpose of the webinar is to discuss how to access, review, and submit clarification questions and/or a formal inquiry about a facility’s estimated scores by the close of the Preview Period.

Webinar Details

Title: ESRD QIP: Previewing Your Facility’s PY 2019 Performance Data

Date: Tuesday, July 11, 2018

Time: 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. CDT

Register for the presentation.


In preparation of the PY 2019 Preview Period, CMS encourages all facilities to review and update their authorized users in accordance with the updated password requirements for Enterprise Identity Management (EIDM) accounts as applied to EQRS. Each facility also must designate a point of contact (POC) in EQRS; facilities without a POC will not be able to access their Preview PSRs, nor will they be able to submit clarification questions or a formal inquiry. If your facility has not established authorized users and a POC, CMS encourages you to do so as soon as possible.

We also encourage facilities to review the ESRD QIP Preview Period Page on for additional information and resources.

If you have questions or concerns regarding use of the ESRD QIP system, please contact the QualityNet Help Desk at or (866) 288-8912 (7:00 AM to 7:00 PM Central Time from Monday through Friday).