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Special Open Door Forums

When a Special Open Door Forum (ODF) is scheduled, please refer to the "Downloads" section below for the Special ODF details and RSVP information. Approximately one week after the Special ODF has passed, the announcement, transcript and MP3 audio file will be posted under the "Downloads" section in one Download link for 30 days. They will no longer be separate files.

CMS has Special Forums throughout the year, to independently discuss new and important program topics. 

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**Updated July 29, 2014 - Special Open Door Forum (ODF): Prior Authorization of Repetitive Scheduled Non-Emergent Ambulance Transport, Tuesday, August 5, 2014 from 1:30pm - 2:30pm Eastern Time. This call will allow ambulance providers, other Medicare providers, and additional interested parties to learn about the upcoming Prior Authorization of Repetitive Scheduled Non-Emergent Ambulance Transport model in the states of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina.  The purpose of this model is to test whether prior authorization helps reduce expenditures, while maintaining or improving quality of care. You can find more information on the model by going to: http://go.cms.gov/PAAmbulance. Questions on the model can be sent to: AmbulancePA@cms.hhs.gov. This call will be conference call only. If you wish to participate, dial: 1-800-837-1935 & Conference ID: 79236332.  We look forward to your participation. Please see the Downloads section below for the full call announcement. Thank you for your continued interest in the CMS Open Door Forums.

**Updated June 6, 2014 - Special Open Door Forum (ODF): Long-Term Care Hospital Quality Reporting Program for Thursday, June 12, 2014 from 3:00pm – 4:30pm Eastern Time. This call will be conference call only. The purpose of this SODF is to provide updated data collection and submission information to LTCH providers for the FY 2016 and FY 2017 payment update determination. The most recent updates to the LTCHQR Program were published in the Federal Register on May 15, 2014 (Vol.79, No. 94), which is available at the following link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-05-15/pdf/2014-10067.pdf. We will cover the data collection and reporting requirements, time frames, and submission deadlines for the FY 2016 and FY 2017 payment update determinations.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be presenting on the measure Influenza Vaccination Coverage among Healthcare Personnel (NQF #0431), and will be present to field questions about this measure as well.  In addition to this, during the SODF, CMS will present a select number of frequently asked questions and answers related to the quality measures, data collection and submission mechanisms and invite questions and comments from stakeholders. For The PowerPoint presentation and the LTCHQR Program Manual (v 2.0) and provider training materials used for this SODF, look in the Downloads section below on the full call announcement.  If you wish to participate, dial: 1-800-837-1935 & Conference ID: 34386738.  We look forward to your participation. Please see the Downloads section below for the full call announcement. Thank you for your continued interest in the CMS Open Door Forums.