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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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**Update January 12, 2015- The proposed agenda for the next Rural Health Open Door Forum scheduled for Thursday, January 15, 2015from 2:00pm-3:00pmET is as follows: Announcements & Updates: The Veterans Choice Program – a new opportunity for Veterans to receive health care services from community providers,http://www.raconline.org/pdf/vacaa-choice-program-and choice-card-011515.pdf, http://www.va.gov/opa/choiceact/documents/Choice-Program-Fact-Sheet-Final.pdf, http://www.nonvacare.va.gov/NONVACARE/PC3/docs/PC3FactSheet.pdf, http://www.raconline.org/pdf/veterans-choice-program-participation-factsheet.pdf; PQRS Update for RHC Providers; EHR Incentives Programs: Eligible Professional Attestation Deadline, Summary of Care #3 Update (FAQ #11666), Year for Medicare Hospitals to Earn Incentives; Open Q&A. This agenda is subject to change.  If you wish to participate, dial 1-800-837-1935 Conference ID 12441352. Please see full participation announcement in the Downloads section below. Thank you for your continued interest in the CMS Open Door Forums.