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Disability Open Door Forum


The Beneficiaries with Disabilities Open Door Forum (ODF) addresses the concerns of the patient advocacy and beneficiary communities in relation to the Medicare & Medicaid programs. This Forum strives to handles questions on payment, billing and delivery of services to persons with disabilities. Many of the discussions are broad in nature and serve to inform all participants about the different levels of integration between agency policy and legislative efforts. Timely announcements and clarifications regarding important rulemaking, agency program initiatives and other related areas are included in the forums.

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**Updated October 20, 2015- Special Open Door Forum (SODF): Understanding The IMPACT Act- Patient and Family Focused for Informed Decision Making is scheduled for Tuesday, October 27, 2015. The purpose of this SODF call is allow patients, families, patient advocacy groups, disabled groups, and low-income health patients to provide information and to solicit feedback on the introduction of The Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act (commonly called the IMPACT Act). The IMPACT Act requires that patient assessment data used in post-acute care settings (i.e., Skilled nursing facilities, Home Health Agencies, Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities, and Long Term Care Hospitals) be standardized to improve quality of care. The Act also supports the interoperable exchange of assessment data across post-acute care settings and other providers to facilitate coordinated care and improved beneficiary outcomes. This SODF will provide background on the IMPACT Act, The IMPACT Act website, and other important consumer information in assessing patients in the post-acute care setting. We invite questions from patients, families, consumers and consumer advocates in advance, or during the Forum.
Please submit questions . You may follow along during the call for the Power Point slides: . If you wish to participate dial (800) 837-1935, Conference ID #: 62977603. We look forward to your participation. Please see the Downloads section below for the full announcement. Thank you for your continued support of the CMS Open Door Forums.