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Skilled Nursing Facilities/Long-Term Care Open Door Forum

Overview: 

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.

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**Updated May 5, 2015 - The proposed agenda for the next Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF)/Long Term Care (LTC) Open Door Forum is scheduled for Thursday, May 14, 2015, from 2:00pm - 3:00pmET is as follows: Announcements & Updates; Proposed SNF PPS Rule: http://www.cms.gov/Newsroom/MediaReleaseDatabase/Fact-sheets/2015-Fact-sheets-items/2015-04-15.html; Quality Reporting Program Proposed Rule Overview; SNF Value Based Purchasing
Electronic submission of staffing data announcement: http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/NursingHomeQualityInits/Staffing-Data-Submission-PBJ.html. If you wish to participate, dial 1-800-837-1935 Conference ID: 12753443. Please see the full participation announcement in the Downloads section below. Thank you for your continued interest in the CMS Open Door 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 www.medicare.gov 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: http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/HomeHealthQualityInits/HHQIHomeHealthStarRatings.html.  And the FAQs can be found at: https://homehealthcahps.org.  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.