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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: January 27, 2015 - Special Open Door Forum (ODF): Adding Star Ratings to the Home Health Compare Website, Thursday, February 5, 2015 from 1:30pm - 3:00pm Eastern Time. The purpose of this second SODF call is to allow consumers, home health agencies (HHAs), and other interested parties to give additional input and feedback on the planned addition of star ratings to Medicare.gov’s Home Health Compare (HHC) web site. This call follows up on our previous call  on this topic and will include: a summary of the comments received on the material presented at the earlier call and on other aspects of the methodology; a presentation of our revised methodology; and plans for next steps. After the presentation, the phones will be opened for comments and questions. A link to the materials for this SODF, including a slide deck, a summary of the revised proposed HHC star rating methodology, and an updated "Frequently Asked Questions" (FAQ) document will be available soon on the Home Health Quality Initiative Spotlight page at http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/HomeHealthQualityInits/HHQISpotlight.html. Comments about the star ratings system 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: 73412220.  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.