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Physicians, Nurses and Allied Health Professionals Open Door Forum

Overview:

The Physicians, Nurses and Allied Health Professionals Open Door Forum (ODF) addresses the concerns and issues of Medicare and Medicaid physicians, non-physician practitioners, nurses, and other allied health care specialists. This diverse group of providers serves Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries in almost all service settings, ranging from independent physician offices to specialized departments within larger facilities. The types of issues that come up during this forum are as varied as the providers who participate, but some frequent topics include the Physician Fee Schedule, Stark regulations, care plan oversight, payment and documentation rules, Provider Enrollment Chain Ownership System (PECOS), as well as the roles and responsibilities of different allied health professional staff under CMS regulations. Timely announcements and clarifications regarding important rulemaking, quality 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.