Quality Incentive Program (QIP)

The ESRD QIP is a pay-for-performance program created by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS). The Quality Incentive Program is used to promote high-quality services in outpatient dialysis facilities treating patients with ESRD. The QIP determines the way that CMS pays for ESRD treatment; by linking a portion of the payment directly to the facility's performance of quality care measures . The ESRD QIP will reduce payments to ESRD facilities that do not meet or exceed certain performance standards. The maximum payment reduction CMS can apply to any facility is two percent.