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Hospitals Open Door Forum


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.


**Updated: April 23, 2015 - Special Open Door Forum (ODF): All About Home Health Patient Survey (HHCAHPS) Star Ratings, Thursday, May 7, 2015 from 1:30pm – 2:30pm Eastern Time. The purpose of this second SODF call is about a new set of Star Ratings for the CMS Home Health Compare website.  This SODF will describe the rationale and overview of the HHCAHPS Patient Survey Star Ratings.  It will give a detailed description of the methods for calculating the ratings and assigning stars.
CMS plans to publicly report the (HHCAHPS) Patient Survey Star Ratings on Home Health Compare on starting in January 2016.  The Patient Survey Star Ratings are in addition to the Quality of Patient Care Star Ratings which will start in July 2015. This is your opportunity to learn more about how CMS plans to use Home Health CAHPS survey results to create Patient Survey Star Ratings for the Home Health Compare website.  This SODF will have a question and answer session.
The PowerPoint Slides that will be used for this SODF is: Technical Paper:  And the FAQs can be found at:  If you wish to participate, dial: 1-800-603-1774 & Conference ID: 96436960.  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.