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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: March 2, 2015 - Special Open Door Forum (SODF): Home Health Electronic Clinical Template and Home Health Paper Clinical Template, Wednesday, March 11, 2015, from 1:00p.m. – 2:00p.m. Eastern Time. The purpose of this SODF call is to assist physicians/practitioners in thoroughly documenting patient eligibility for the Medicare home health benefit; CMS is considering the development of a voluntary home health paper clinical template. A voluntary home health electronic clinical template has been in the development process for the past year. CMS believes the use of clinical templates may reduce burden on the physicians and practitioners who order home health services. CMS will be hosting a series of Special Open Door Forum calls to provide an opportunity for physicians/practitioners, home health agencies and/or all other interested parties to provide feedback on both a paper clinical template and the electronic clinical template for home health services.   The link to our event page where the slides will be posted:  https://www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/Monitoring-Programs/Medicare-FFS-Compliance-Programs/Medical-Review/Home_Health_Medical_Review_Update.html. Feedback and questions on the templates can be sent to: HomeHealthTemplate@cms.hhs.gov.  If you wish to participate, dial: 1-800-603-1774 & Conference ID: 78964233.  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: February 5, 2015 - Special Open Door Forum (ODF): Home Health Electronic Clinical Template and Home Health Paper Clinical Template, Wednesday, February 11, 2015 from 1:00-2:00 pm Eastern Time. The purpose of this SODF is to assist physicians/practitioners in thoroughly documenting patient eligibility for the Medicare home health benefit; CMS is considering the development of a voluntary home health paper clinical template. A voluntary home health electronic clinical template has been in the development process for the past year. In fiscal year (FY) 2014, the Comprehensive Error Rate Testing (CERT) program found that more than half of the home health claims were paid improperly.  Here is the link to our event page where the slides will be posted:  https://www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/Monitoring-Programs/Medicare-FFS-Compliance-Programs/Medical-Review/Home_Health_Medical_Review_Update.html.  Feedback and questions on the templates can be sent to: HomeHealthTemplate@cms.hhs.gov. If you wish to participate, dial: 1-866-501-5502 & Conference ID: 76792263.  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.