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Dialysis Facility Compare: Rollout of Five Star Rating
Five Star Rating

This MLN Connects™ National Provider Call provides stakeholders with the following:

  • Information about the implementation of a Five Star Rating on Dialysis Facility Compare (DFC) in October, 2014
  • The methodology used to calculate the rating
  • Directions on how to access and preview the rating in the July, 2014 DFC Preview Period reports  


CMS is adopting Five Star Ratings across all Compare websites to help consumers understand the information and make more informed decisions about where to get healthcare. The CMS Center for Clinical Standards and Quality has contracted with the University of Michigan Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center to develop and implement a Five Star Rating program for dialysis facilities. In October, 2014, CMS will introduce a Five Star Rating on DFC that reflects the overall quality of each dialysis facility. Providers will be able to see their facility's Five Star Rating during the July, 2014 DFC Preview Period. 

When: Thursday, July 10, 2014

Time:    2:30 PM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time

Target Audience: Dialysis clinics and organizations, nephrologists, End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Networks, hospitals with dialysis units, billers/coders, quality improvement experts, and other interested stakeholders.


  • Introduction and roles
  • Importance of Five Star Compare Systems
  • Description of rating methodology
  • Report details
  • Maintenance and updates of Five Star Ratings
  • Resources
  • Q&A Session

Call Materials:

Presentation [PDF, 721KB]

Audio Recording [ZIP, 19MB]

Written Transcript [PDF, 619KB]

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