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 March 6, 2023- The proposed agenda for the next Ambulance Open Door Forum scheduled for Thursday, March 16, 2023 from 2pm-3pmET is as follows: Announcements & Updates- Medicare Ground Ambulance Data Collection System (GADCS): Top 5 Tips for Selected Organizations in Year 1, 2, 3, and 4 (Slide presentation will be available on CMS’ Ambulances Services Center website: https://www.cms.gov/medicare/ambulance-fee-schedule-zip-code-files/ambulance-events); Please see the following information regarding COVID-19 PHE Updated Guidance for Ambulance Organizations: Public Health Emergency (PHE) 1135 Waivers: Updated Guidance for Providers; Open Q&A. If you wish to participate, dial 1-888-455-1397 and use conference passcode: 4325849. 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.