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Rural Health Open Door Forum

Overview:

The Rural Health Open Door Forum (ODF) addresses Rural Health Clinic (RHC), Critical Access Hospital (CAH) and Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) issues, as well as some inclusion of other questions and concerns that occur in clinical practice pertaining to other CMS payment systems that also extend into these settings. Topics that frequently arise on this forum often deal with payment & billing for services subject to Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) and/or Physician Shortage Area (PSA) status, cost report clarifications, classifications for & qualifications of rural provider types, and the many special provisions being implemented for improving rural health in the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003. 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: January 27, 2015 - Special Open Door Forum (SODF): Understanding Dialysis Facility Compare-Driving Informed Decision Making, Wednesday, February 4, 2015, from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00p.m. Eastern Time. The purpose of this SODF call is allow patient advocacy groups, dialysis patients, and other interested parties to provide information and to solicit feedback on the introduction of star ratings on Dialysis Facility Compare. This Special Open Door Forum will provide background on the Compare website star rating initiative, the development of star ratings for DFC, and the role of star ratings and other important consumer information in making treatment decisions. We invite questions from ESRD patients, consumers and consumer advocates, and plans, providers, and purchasers in advance, or during the forum. Please submit questions here. Please follow along during the call for the Power Point slides: www.dialysisdata.org.   If you wish to participate, dial: 1-800-837-1935 & Conference ID: 62054250.  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.