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Low-Income Health Access Open Door Forum

Overview:

The Low Income Health Access Open Door Forum (ODF) addresses the concerns of the beneficiary advocates, providers, and information intermediaries throughout the country interested in improving access to Medicare and Medicaid for lower income Americans. Generally, CMS addresses are new guidance or initiatives in programs for people with low-incomes, such as the Medicaid and SCHIP programs.  Also, CMS provides information on the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit, as well as the low-income subsidy.  Services settings such as Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), Community Health Centers (CHCs) and 340(b) Hospitals and other providers are also often discussed. CMS co-hosts this forum with the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA). Timely announcements and clarifications regarding important rulemaking, agency program initiatives, and other related areas impacting the lower income beneficiaries are also included in the Forums.

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**Updated December 17, 2014 - The proposed agenda for the next Low Income Health Access Open Door Forum is scheduled for Thursday, December 18, 2014 from 3:00pm-4:00pmET is as follows: Announcements & Updates; Participating in the Veterans Choice and related programs: http://www.raconline.org/pdf/vacaa-choice-program-and choice-card-121814.pdf; http://www.va.gov/opa/choiceact/documents/Choice-Program-Fact-Sheet-Final.pdf; http://www.nonvacare.va.gov/NONVACARE/PC3/docs/PC3FactSheet.pdf; Chronic Care Management: http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Medicare-Fee-for-Service-Payment/PhysicianFeeSched/PFS-Federal-Regulation-Notices.html; FQHC /RHC 2015 Guidance update; Medicare Shared Savings Program: Performance Results and Status Update: Program website: www.cms.gov/sharedsavingsprogram/; Data.CMS.gov - data on ACOs, ACO participants, and ACO financial and quality performance. Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (CMS-1461-P) available through www.ofr.gov; comment period ends Feb 6, 2015. Comments can be submitted at http://www.regulations.gov/; CMS Innovation Center www.innovations.cms.gov – for information on the Advance Payment Model and ACO Investment Model; Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative. This agenda is subject to Change. If you wish to participate, dial 1-800-837-1935 Conference ID 44425479. Please see the full participation announcement in the Downloads section below. Thank you for your continued interest in the CMS Open Door Forums.