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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 April 16, 2014- Special Open Door Forum (ODF): Suggested Electronic Clinical Template for Home Health for Tuesday, April 22, 2014 ¬¬¬3:00pm – 4:00pm Eastern Time. This call will be conference call only. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service will host a series of Special Open Door Forum (SODF) calls to allow physicians and other interested parties to give feedback on data elements for the Suggested Electronic Clinical Template for Home Health.  In order to enhance physician understanding of medical documentation requirements to support orders for Home Health services, CMS has developed a list of clinical elements within a Suggested Electronic Clinical Template that would assist physicians when documenting the Home Health (HH) face-to-face encounter for Medicare purposes. While not intended to be a data entry form, the template will describe the clinical elements that CMS believes would be useful in supporting the documentation requirements for coverage of Home Health services. CMS will work in collaboration with the DHHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) and the electronic Determination of Coverage (eDoC) workgroup which are focused on giving practitioners access to payer approved tools for the electronic submission of medical documentation. You can find the proposed document by going to:
http://www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/Computer-Data-and-Systems/Electronic-Clinical-Templates/HomeHealthHHElectronicClinicalTemplate.html. Comments on the document can be sent to eclinicaltemplate@cms.hhs.gov.  If you wish to participate, dial: 1-800-837-1935 & Conference ID: 20361722.  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.

**Updated April 8, 2014 - Special Open Door Forum (ODF): Introduction to the Medicare Care Choices Model for Wednesday, April 16, 2014 2:00pm - 3:30pm Eastern Time. This call will be conference call only. This Special ODF will allow providers, beneficiary advocacy groups, and other interested parties to learn more about the Medicare Care Choices Model.   The Medicare Care Choices Model will provide a new option for Medicare beneficiaries to receive palliative care services from certain hospice providers while concurrently receiving services provided by their curative care providers. CMS will evaluate whether providing hospice services can improve the quality of life and care received by Medicare beneficiaries and increase patient satisfaction via this model of care.  Materials to be discussed during the call will be available for downloading from the model website (http://innovation.cms.gov/initiatives/Medicare-Care-Choices) prior to the Open Door Forum taking place. If you wish to participate, dial: 1-(800) 837-1935 & Conference ID: 71067933.  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.