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Physicians, Nurses and Allied Health Professionals Open Door Forum


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.


**Updated October 23, 2014 - Special Open Door Forum (ODF): Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP), Wednesday, October 29, 2014 from 1:00pm - 2:30pm Eastern Time. The purpose of this SODF is to provide data collection and submission information to IRF 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 IRF providers are required to report to CMS beginning January 1, 2015. These measures were finalized as requirements for the IRF QRP in the FY 2015 IRF PPS Final Rule, published in the Federal Register on Wednesday, August 06, 2013 (Vol. 79, No. 151), which is available at the following link  CMS and the CDC strongly encourage IRF 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 IRF QRP Training webpage available at  This call will be conference call only. If you wish to participate, dial: 1-800-837-1935 & Conference ID: 24776108.  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.