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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 June 19, 2015 - The proposed agenda for the next Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF)/Long Term Care (LTC) Open Door Forum is scheduled for Thursday, June 25, 2015, from 2:00pm - 3:00pmET is as follows: Announcements & Updates; National Partnership call to Improve Dementia Care Updates: http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Provider-Enrollment-and-Certification/SurveyCertificationGenInfo/National-Partnership-to-Improve-Dementia-Care-in-Nursing-Homes.html; https://www.nhqualitycampaign.org/dementiaCare.aspx
Electronic Staffing Data Collection update: Registration for Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) voluntary submission will begin in early August; Users will utilize the current QIES registration process through https://mds.qiesnet.org/mds_home.html; Registration training modules to be available by 7/20/2015; Training for data submission will start in September; Submission will start with the first timeframe of 10/1/2015 – 12/31-2016, due to be submitted by 2/15/2016; CMS will communicate more information about through: Nursing Homes’ provider preview in their CASPER folder; An updated Policy Manual and Q&As will be posted in July on http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/NursingHomeQualityInits/Staffing-Data-Submission-PBJ.html; S&C memo in July announcing more information: http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Provider-Enrollment-and-Certification/SurveyCertificationGenInfo/Policy-and-Memos-to-States-and-Regions.html. If you wish to participate, dial 1-800-837-1935 Conference ID: 12791426. Please see the full participation announcement in the Downloads section below. Thank you for your continued interest in the CMS Open Door Forums.