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Rural Health Open Door Forum


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.


**Updated: April 23, 2015 - Special Open Door Forum (ODF): All About Home Health Patient Survey (HHCAHPS) Star Ratings, Thursday, May 7, 2015 from 1:30pm – 2:30pm Eastern Time. The purpose of this second SODF call is about a new set of Star Ratings for the CMS Home Health Compare website.  This SODF will describe the rationale and overview of the HHCAHPS Patient Survey Star Ratings.  It will give a detailed description of the methods for calculating the ratings and assigning stars. CMS plans to publicly report the (HHCAHPS) Patient Survey Star Ratings on Home Health Compare on starting in January 2016.  The Patient Survey Star Ratings are in addition to the Quality of Patient Care Star Ratings which will start in July 2015. This is your opportunity to learn more about how CMS plans to use Home Health CAHPS survey results to create Patient Survey Star Ratings for the Home Health Compare website.  This SODF will have a question and answer session.
The PowerPoint Slides that will be used for this SODF is: Technical Paper:  And the FAQs can be found at:  If you wish to participate, dial: 1-800-603-1774 & Conference ID: 96436960.  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.