Ambulance Open Door Forum
The Ambulance Open Door Forum (ODF) addresses issues related to the payment, billing, coverage and delivery of services in the ambulance industry. The Ambulance Fee Schedule rules, rural and other ambulance payment enhancements, requirements for ambulance service certification and payment determinations, are just some of the many types of issues addressed within the forum. In addition, discussions differentiating the rules related to provider-based and independent ambulance services are facilitated. Timely announcements and clarifications regarding important rulemaking, agency program initiatives and other related areas are also included in the forums.
**Updated February 18, 2021- The proposed agenda for the next Ambulance Open Door Forum scheduled for Thursday, February 25, 2021 from 2pm-3pmET is as follows: Announcements & Updates- Emergency Triage, Treat and Transport (ET3) Model Update (ET3 Model Website: https://innovation.cms.gov/innovation-models/et3; ET3Model@cms.hhs.gov for inquiries; ET3 Model Listserv for Model updates: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/USCMS/subscriber/new?topic_id=USCMS_12521); COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) Billing (Ambulance Services FAQs begins on page 47 of this document: https://www.cms.gov/files/document/03092020-covid-19-faqs-508.pdf (PDF)); Medicare Ground Ambulance Data Collection System Delay for Year 1 and Year 2 Selected Organizations (Information can be found at: https://www.cms.gov/Center/Provider-Type/Ambulances-Services-Center); Open Q&A. If you wish to participate, dial 1-888-455-1397 and use conference passcode: 8604468. Please see the full agenda in the downloads section below. We look forward to your participation. Thank you for your continued interest in the CMS Open Door Forums.