TO: Medical Directors/Unit Administrators

SUBJECT: Distribution of Passwords for website

This memo is to inform Medicare-certified dialysis facilities of the process and timeline for

distributing the new passwords for the website. The website houses the

FY 2021 Dialysis Facility Reports (DFRs), the Quarterly Updates Dialysis Facility Report

(QDFR) for State Surveyors Reports, and the Quarterly Dialysis Facility Compare Preview

Reports (QDFCs). These documents are prepared by CMS’s contractor, the University of

Michigan Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center (UM-KECC).

On January 20, 2021, all dialysis data master account passwords will be reset, and all user

accounts will be disabled. Your ESRD Network will send the new dialysis data website

password(s) and detailed instructions to the Master Account Holder (MAH) for your facility.

Facility MAHs are required to log into the website with their new

password, and review the users that had permission to view the reports for their facility. The

MAH must enable and grant permission to users who should retain their ability to view and

comment on the QDFC, QDFR, and DFR reports. The DFR permissions also apply to the


It is the MAH’s responsibility to update user contact information (including their own), transfer

MAH credentials within the facility appropriately, review and enable existing user accounts, and

set user-specific permissions. If MAH credentials are passed on within your facility to a new

MAH, please notify your Network and update the contact information on

to reflect a new contact person for the MAH.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has caused delays in updates to the QDFC and FY 2021 QDFRs,

MAH’s should update the list of users who have access to their facility to ensure that those who

should have access will be able to download the latest version of the QDFC reports (Preview for

October 2020) and the FY 2021 DFRs. Updates about upcoming preview periods will be

communicated by CMS.

A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page is available on It includes

instructions on logging in, dialysis data website MAH password resets, setting up access for

facility users under the dialysis data website MAH credentials, and whom to contact if their

MAH is no longer working with the facility.

Facilities having difficulty logging into or that have other questions may

email Every effort will be made to respond to login questions within

two business days.