Reminder: EQRS 2020 and 2021 Data Submission Deadlines

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Reminder: EQRS 2020 and 2021 Data Submission Deadlines

September 13, 2021

On July 12, 2021, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reopened the End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Quality Reporting System (EQRS) for September-December 2020 EQRS Clinical Data, In-Center Hemodialysis Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (ICH CAHPS) Attestations, and Clinical Depression Screening and Follow-Up Plan reporting. The data submission deadline for September-December 2020 has been extended to September 15, 2021, at 11:59 PM Pacific Time (PT).

Effective September 20, 2021, all ESRD facilities can submit January-September 2021 EQRS Clinical Data, and Clinical Depression Screening and Follow-Up Plan reporting in EQRS. Additionally, all subsequent months in 2021 will open for data submission on the first day of each month (i.e., October opens October 1; November opens November 1; December opens December 1). Calendar year (CY) 2021 ICH CAHPS Attestation will open for submission in EQRS on January 1, 2022.

The data submission deadline for all months in 2021 will be February 28, 2022, at 11:59 PM PT. This data submission deadline applies to:

  • EQRS Clinical Data
  • Clinical Depression Screening
  • ICH CAHPS Attestation

Dialysis facilities must meet the data submission deadline of February 28, 2022 to meet CMS reporting requirements. The data submission deadline applies to all collection types (Hemodialysis and Peritoneal Dialysis) and to all submission methods. Please note, CMS highly recommends that facilities complete large data submissions and audit batch submitted data prior to the data submission deadline.

If you batch submit or use the Health Information Exchange (HIE)/Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) methods, please follow the guidance provided by your HIE/EDI batch team within your organization.

 

EQRS Clinical Data
Clinical Depression Screening and ICH CAHPS Attestation*
Reporting Month 2020 and 2021 Data Submission Deadlines
September 2020 – December 2020 September 15, 2021 at 11:59 PM PT
January 2021 Clinical Month February 28, 2022 at 11:59 PM PT
February 2021 Clinical Month
March 2021 Clinical Month
April 2021 Clinical Month
May 2021 Clinical Month
June 2021 Clinical Month
July 2021 Clinical Month
August 2021 Clinical Month
September 2021 Clinical Month
October 2021 Clinical Month
November 2021 Clinical Month
December 2021 Clinical Month

*CY 2021 ICH CAHPS Attestation will open for submission in EQRS on January 1, 2022.