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Physicians, Nurses and Allied Health Professionals Open Door Forum

Overview:

The Physicians, Nurses and Allied Health Professionals Open Door Forum (ODF) addresses the concerns and issues of Medicare and Medicaid physicians, non-physician practitioners, nurses, and other allied health care specialists. This diverse group of providers serves Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries in almost all service settings, ranging from independent physician offices to specialized departments within larger facilities. The types of issues that come up during this forum are as varied as the providers who participate, but some frequent topics include the Physician Fee Schedule, Stark regulations, care plan oversight, payment and documentation rules, Provider Enrollment Chain Ownership System (PECOS), as well as the roles and responsibilities of different allied health professional staff under CMS regulations. 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 November 6, 2014 - The proposed agenda for the next Physician Nurses & Allied Health Open Door Forum is scheduled for Wednesday November 12, 2014 from 3:30pm-4:30pmET is as follows: Announcements & Updates; Open Payments (Sunshine Act) update; December 16, 2014 - MLN Connects™ National Provider Call:  Certifying Patient Eligibility for the Medicare Home Health Benefit (1:30 pm to 3:30 pm Eastern Time): Web address where participants can find more information:  http://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Outreach/NPC/National-Provider-Calls-and-Events-Items/2014-12-16-Home-Health-Benefit.html?DLPage=1&DLSort=0&DLSortDir=descending; CY 2015 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule: Overview of Key Provisions: Web address where participants can find this rule: http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Medicare-Fee-for-Service-Payment/PhysicianFeeSched/PFS-Federal-Regulation-Notices-Items/CMS-1612-FC.html?DLPage=1&DLSort=2&DLSortDir=descending. If you wish to participate, dial 1-800-837-1935 Conference ID 44427389. Please see the full participation announcement in the Downloads section below. Thank you for your continued interest in the CMS Open Door Forums.