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Skilled Nursing Facilities/Long-Term Care Open Door Forum


The Skilled Nursing Facilities / Long-Term Care Open Door Forum (ODF) addresses the concerns and issues of both the Medicare SNF, the Medicaid NF, and the nursing home industry generally. The types of issues that come up during this forum are often related to the Minimum Data Set, SNF Consolidated Billing, the roles and responsibilities of different SNF, NF or LTC professional staff under CMS regulations, clarifications of issues that are covered during a survey and certification process, and the many rules and requirements under which different related services can be payable. Timely announcements and clarifications regarding important rulemaking, quality program initiatives, and other related areas are also included in the forums.


**Updated October 30, 2014 - Special Open Door Forum (ODF): Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Quality Reporting Program (QRP), Wednesday, November 5, 2014 from 1:00pm - 2:30pm Eastern Time. The purpose of this SODF is to provide data collection and submission information to LTCH providers for the quality measures NHSN Facility-wide Inpatient Hospital-onset Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Bacteremia Outcome Measure (NQF #1716), and NHSN Facility-wide Inpatient Hospital-onset Clostridium difficile Infection (CDI) Outcome Measure (NQF #1717), which LTCH providers are required to report to CMS beginning January 1, 2015. These measures were finalized as requirements for the LTCH QRP in the FY 2014 IPPS/LTCH PPS Final Rule, published in the Federal Register on August 19, 2013 (Vol. 78, No. 160), which is available at the following link:  The most recent updates to the LTCHQR Program were published in the Federal Register on August 22, 2014 (Vol. 79, No. 163), which is available at the following link:  CMS and the CDC strongly encourage LTCH Providers to take the MRSA Bacteremia and CDI LabID Event Reporting training prior to participating in this SODF.  This training is available on the CDC’s NHSN website at  The Power Point presentation that will be used for this SODF will be posted prior to the SODF on the LTCH Quality Reporting Program Training webpage available at If you wish to participate, dial: 1-800-837-1935 & Conference ID: 24797181.  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.