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Rural Health Open Door Forum


The Rural Health Open Door Forum (ODF) addresses Rural Health Clinic (RHC), Critical Access Hospital (CAH) and Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) issues, as well as some inclusion of other questions and concerns that occur in clinical practice pertaining to other CMS payment systems that also extend into these settings. Topics that frequently arise on this forum often deal with payment & billing for services subject to Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) and/or Physician Shortage Area (PSA) status, cost report clarifications, classifications for & qualifications of rural provider types, and the many special provisions being implemented for improving rural health in the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003. Timely announcements and clarifications regarding important rulemaking, quality program initiatives, and other related areas are also included in the Forums.


**Update June 23, 2014 – (Updated Agenda – Added Weblink) - The proposed agenda for the next Rural Health Open Door Forum is scheduled for Thursday, June 26, 2014 from 2:00pm-3:00pmET is as follows: Announcements & Updates: Hospice NPRM Rule; Quality Improvement Program Transition Announcement; Coverage to Care; Open Payments (The Sunshine Act): An Overview for Physicians & Teaching Hospitals This agenda is subject to Change. If you wish to participate, dial 1-800-837-1935 Conference ID 44425564. Please see full participation announcement in the Downloads section below. Thank you for your continued interest in the CMS Open Door Forums.