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Special Open Door Forums

When a Special Open Door Forum (ODF) is scheduled, please refer to the "Downloads" section below for the Special ODF details and RSVP information. Approximately one week after the Special ODF has passed, the announcement, transcript and MP3 audio file will be posted under the "Downloads" section in one Download link for 30 days.

CMS has Special Forums throughout the year, to independently discuss new and important program topics. 

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**Updated: July 20, 2016 - Special Open Door Forum (SODF): Open Payments Notice to Inform Future Rulemaking, Tuesday, August 2, 2016, from 1:30p.m. – 3:00p.m. Easter Time. The purpose of this SODF call is CMS is seeking input from Open Payments stakeholders to inform future rulemaking and other enhancements to the program by hosting a Special Open Door Forum. This effort is separate from the third reporting cycle, which published data on June 30, 2016. This solicitation will not impact any future reporting requirements without additional rulemaking or public notice. CMS is soliciting feedback from Open Payments stakeholders on expanding and clarifying Open Payments program requirements.  We are under no statutory deadlines or implementation schedules that require us to make any changes to the current rule.  However, stakeholder feedback is important as we move forward in enhancing our system and refining our reporting requirements.  Our focus is on increasing efficiency and minimizing burden while maintaining the goal of transparency in the healthcare industry. Here is the link to our event page with the Open Door Forum Slides:  https://www.cms.gov/OpenPayments/Downloads/2017-physicianfeeschedule.pdf. The Open Payments Solicitation in the proposed 2017 Physician Fee Schedule can be found at: http://federalregister.gov/a/2016-16097. If you have any questions about the Open Payments data, website, or how to report, please contact openpayments@cms.hhs.gov. Feedback and questions about the solicitation in the Physician Fee Schedule or the Open Door Forum can be sent to: openpaymentscomments@cms.hhs.gov. .  If you wish to participate, dial: 1-800 837-1935 & Conference ID: 44678813.  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.

**Updated: July 14, 2016 - Special Open Door Forum (SODF): Pre-Claim Review Demonstration for Home Health Services, Wednesday, July 20, 2016, from 2:00p.m. – 3:00p.m. Easter Time. The purpose of this SODF call is to allow home health agencies, physicians, and other interested parties to learn about the Pre-Claim Review Demonstration for Home Health Services.  Two of CMS’ Medicare Administrative Contractors, Palmetto GBA and CGS, will be available for questions.  Palmetto GBA will present on their activities to ready for the demonstration launch in Illinois, and provide an overview of their Web portal submission tool.  Here is the link to Palmetto GBA’s portal: https://www.onlineproviderservices.com.   MS will be implementing a 3-year Medicare Pre-claim Review Demonstration for Home Health Services in the states of Illinois, Florida, and Texas by the end of 2016.  CMS plans to include Michigan and Massachusetts in the demonstration in 2017.  CMS is testing whether pre-claim review helps reduce expenditures, while maintaining or improving quality of care.  Additionally, CMS believes the demonstration will also help assure services are provided in compliance with applicable Medicare coverage and payment rules, thereby assisting in the prevention of fraud, waste, and abuse.  This demonstration should not delay care to Medicare beneficiaries and does not alter the Medicare home health benefit.  You can learn more about the Pre-Claim Review Demonstration for Home Health Services by going to:  https://www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/Monitoring-Programs/Medicare-FFS-Compliance-Programs/Pre-Claim-Review-Initiatives/Overview.html. Questions regarding the demonstration may be sent to:  HHPreClaimDemo@cms.hhs.gov.  If you wish to participate, dial: 1-800 837-1935 & Conference ID: 17049475.  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.