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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 November 6, 2014 - The proposed agenda for the next Home Health, Hospice & DME/Quality Open Door Forum is scheduled for Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 2:00pm is as follows Announcements & Updates; Opening Remarks: Publication of Proposed HH Conditions of Participation - http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-09/pdf/2014-23895.pdf; Home Health PPS Final Rule- http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-06/pdf/2014-26057.pdf; Home Health Care CAHPS® Survey (HHCAHPS) - Home Health Compare Refresh – http://www.medicare.gov/homehealthcompare/search.html; New CMS mailbox – HomeHealthQuestions@cms.hhs.gov; Conversion to the new OASIS ASAP system – https://qtso.com/hhatrain.html; Haven 10.8 – http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/OASIS/HAVEN.html; OASIS Data Specifications – http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/OASIS/DataSpecifications.html; OASIS Validation Utility Tool – https://www.qtso.com/vendoroasis.html; OMB approval of OASIS-C1/IC-9; HHC measures delay until July 2015; Hospice Item Set – 1st quarter stats and Q&A; Contact information for QTSO Technical HelpDesk: (877) 201-4721 or by email at help@qtso.com: Link to “Hospice Item Set (HIS)” portion of cms.hhs.gov website: http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/Hospice-Quality-Reporting/Hospice-Item-Set-HIS.html; Link to hospice portion of qtso.com website: https://www.qtso.com/hospice.html; Contact information for Hospice Quality HelpDesk: HospiceQualityQuestions@cms.hhs.gov; System errors for Hospices; Fingerprinting Update; CAHPS® Hospice Survey: Reminders for Hospices and Vendors; National implementation schedule; Vendor selection and authorization; Data warehouse access; OMB status; Links and other information: CAHPS Hospice Survey web site:  www.hospicecahpssurvey.org: Technical assistance:  hospicecahpssurvey@hcqis.org: Toll free at 1-844-472-4621; HH & Hospice Claims Processing Update; Sequestration and Hospice Cap Calculation. This agenda is subject to change. If you wish to participate, dial 1-800-837-1935 Conference ID 44424038. Please see the full participation announcement in the Downloads section below. Thank you for your continued interest in the CMS Open Door Forums.