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End-Stage Renal Disease and Clinical Laboratories Open Door Forum


The End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) and Clinical Laboratories Open Door Forum (ODF) addresses the concerns of the renal care and lab service communities in relation to the Medicare & Medicaid programs. Payment, billing and coverage issues are all handled in the discussions, as well as specifics within CLIA, the Fistula First Initiative and ESRD-related provisions of the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) and the Medicare Modernization Act (MMA). Timely announcements and clarifications regarding important rulemaking, agency program initiatives and other related areas are also included in the forums.

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**Updated September 30, 2014- Special Open Door Forum: Coming Soon: Star Ratings on Dialysis Facility Compare - Monday, October 6, 2014, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM ET.  This Special Open Door Forum to allow a call with patient advocacy groups and other interested parties to provide information and to solicit feedback on the introduction of star ratings on Dialysis Facility Compare beginning in January 2015.  If you wish to participate via conference call, dial 1-800-837-1935 Conference ID 8597626. Please see the full participation announcement in the Downloads section below. Thank you for your continued interest in the CMS Open Door Forums.