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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: December 11, 2014 - Special Open Door Forum (ODF): Adding Star Ratings to the Home Health Compare Website, Wednesday, December 17, 2014 from 1:30pm - 3:00pm Eastern Time. The purpose of this SODF is allow consumers, home health agencies (HHAs), and other interested parties to give input and feedback on the planned addition of star ratings to Medicare.gov’s Home Health Compare (HHC) web site.  A summary of the proposed Home Health Compare star rating methodology has been posted on the following website: http://www.cms.gov/Newsroom/MediaReleaseDatabase/Fact-sheets/2014-Fact-sheets-items/2014-12-11-2.html and a "Frequently Asked Questions" (FAQ) document will be posted on ‘http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/HomeHealthQualityInits/HHQISpotlight.html.”  After a brief presentation on the proposed design of the star ratings and plans for implementation, we will open the phones to comments.  Additional comments about the star ratings can be submitted by email after the call to the following address: HHC_Star_Ratings_Helpdesk@cms.hhs.gov. If you wish to participate, dial: 1-800-837-1935 & Conference ID: 31480515.  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.