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Home Health, Hospice & Durable Medical Equipment Open Door Forum

Overview:

The Home Health, Hospice & Durable Medical Equipment Open Door Forum (ODF) addresses the concerns of three unique health care areas within the Medicare & Medicaid programs. Issues related to Home Health PPS, the newly proposed competitive bidding for DME and the Medicare Hospice benefit are all topics the forum has covered. Many of the issues covered bridge concerns within all three settings and the combination of the topics under one Forum has been useful to many participants. We continue to hold Special ODFs when individual policy issues require special attention. 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: 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.