In regards to pending legislation regarding patients who are deemed Acute Kidney Injury (AKI), there is no mention of AKI patients being entered into EQRS in the amended section of the Social Security Act/TPEA. The regulation pertains to coverage and payment only.

AKI patients should NOT be entered in the EQRS system, which is currently the National End-Stage Renal Disease Patient Registry. CMS decisions have not been made if and/or how AKI patient data will be captured from the ESRD dialysis facility.

If you have an acute patient entered in the EQRS system, discharge the patient with a discharge reason of Acute.