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Hospitals Open Door Forum

Overview:

The Hospital & Hospital Quality Open Door Forum (ODF) addresses the concerns and questions of the Hospital service setting. The very broad scope of topics discussed within this forum, include payment, coverage, conditions of participation, billing and many other current issues that are related to policy implementation. The Inpatient PPS, Outpatient PPS, provisions of the Affordable Care Act and other laws that affect the setting are all covered, and a recurring update from the areas of the Hospital Quality Initiative including the Hospital CAHPS initiative. Timely announcements and clarifications regarding important rulemaking, agency program initiatives and other related areas are also included in the forums.

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**Updated: February 20, 2015 - Special Open Door Forum (SODF): Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT Act of 2014), Wednesday February 25, 2015, from 1:30p.m. – 2:30p.m. Eastern Time. The purpose of this SODF call is to provide an overview of standardized data in relation to the quality measures and standardized assessment domains required under the IMPACT Act of 2014. This session will provide a high level overview of the requirements related to the use of standardized data for both the quality measures and the assessment instrument domains ; Comments can be submitted to PACQualityInitiatives@cms.hhs.gov; The IMPACT Act of 2014 can be found at: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-113hr4994enr/pdf/BILLS-113hr4994enr.pdf ; PowerPoint Presentation slides for this call can be found at: http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/Post-Acute-Care-Quality-Initiatives/IMPACT-Act-of-2014-and-Cross-Setting-Measures.html. You can find additional information about the IMPACT Act by visiting the Post-Acute Care Quality Initiatives webpage at: http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/Post-Acute-Care-Quality-Initiatives/PAC-Quality-Initiatives.html.   If you wish to participate, dial: 1-800-837-1935 & Conference ID: 90762447.  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.

**Update February 18, 2015 - The proposed agenda for the next Hospital Quality Open Door Forum is scheduled for Tuesday, February 24, 2015 from 2:00pm-3:00pmET is as follows: Announcements & Updates; Recovery Audit Program Improvements: http://www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/Monitoring-Programs/Medicare-FFS-Compliance-Programs/Recovery-Audit-Program/Downloads/RAC-Program-Improvements.pdf; New X-Modifier, Revised MLN SE1503; Wage Index Time Table. If you wish to participate, dial 1-800-837-1935 Conference ID 12540136. Please see the full participation announcement in the Downloads section below. Thank you for your continued interest in the CMS Open Door Forums.