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Physicians, Nurses and Allied Health Professionals Open Door Forum


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.


**Updated: December 4, 2014 - Special Open Door Forum (ODF): Prior Authorization of Non-Emergent Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Wednesday, December 10, 2014 from 1:30pm - 2:30pm Eastern Time. The purpose of this SODF is allow Medicare providers, hospitals, and additional interested parties to learn about the upcoming Prior Authorization of Non-Emergent Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in the states of Illinois, Michigan, and New Jersey. This Special ODF, the second on this prior authorization model, will include information on the prior authorization process and a Q&A period. You can find more information on the model by going to: Questions on the model can be sent to: If you wish to participate, dial: 1-800-837-1935 & Conference ID: 40313089.  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.