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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 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.

**Updated May 13, 2014 - Special Open Door Forum (ODF): Suggested Electronic Clinical Template for Home Health for Tuesday, May 20, 2014 from 2:00pm – 3:00pm Eastern Time. This call will be conference call only. The purpose of this SODF is to allow physicians and other interested parties to give feedback on data elements for the Suggested Electronic Clinical Template for Home Health. In order to enhance physician understanding of medical documentation requirements to support orders for Home Health services, CMS has developed a list of clinical elements within a Suggested Electronic Clinical Template that would assist physicians when documenting the Home Health (HH) face-to-face encounter for Medicare purposes. While not intended to be a data entry form, the template will describe the clinical elements that CMS believes would be useful in supporting the documentation requirements for coverage of Home Health services. CMS will work in collaboration with the DHHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) and the electronic Determination of Coverage (eDoC) workgroup which are focused on giving practitioners access to payer approved tools for the electronic submission of medical documentation. You can find the proposed document by going to:
http://www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/Computer-Data-and-Systems/Electronic-Clinical-Templates/HomeHealthHHElectronicClinicalTemplate.html. Comments on the document can be sent to:  eclinicaltemplate@cms.hhs.gov. If you wish to participate, dial: 1-800-837-1935 & Conference ID: 41816301.  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.