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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: December 4, 2014 - Special Open Door Forum (ODF): Prior Authorization of Non-Emergent Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Wednesday, December 10, 2014 from 1:30pm - 2:30pm Eastern Time. The purpose of this SODF is allow Medicare providers, hospitals, and additional interested parties to learn about the upcoming Prior Authorization of Non-Emergent Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in the states of Illinois, Michigan, and New Jersey. This Special ODF, the second on this prior authorization model, will include information on the prior authorization process and a Q&A period. You can find more information on the model by going to: Questions on the model can be sent to: If you wish to participate, dial: 1-800-837-1935 & Conference ID: 40313089.  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.