Home Health, Hospice & Durable Medical Equipment Open Door Forum


The Home Health, Hospice & Durable Medical Equipment Open Door Forum (ODF) addresses the concerns of three unique health care areas within the Medicare & Medicaid programs. Issues related to Home Health PPS, the newly proposed competitive bidding for DME and the Medicare Hospice benefit are all topics the forum has covered. Many of the issues covered bridge concerns within all three settings and the combination of the topics under one Forum has been useful to many participants. We continue to hold Special ODFs when individual policy issues require special attention. Timely announcements and clarifications regarding important rulemaking, agency program initiatives and other related areas are also included in the forums.


**Updated November 2, 2020- The proposed agenda for the next Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum scheduled for Wednesday, November 4, 2020 from 1pm-2pmET is as follows: Announcements & Updates: CY 2021 Home Health Prospective Payment System Final Rule (https://www.cms.gov/center/provider-Type/home-Health-Agency-HHA-Center.html); Correction to Change Request 11855,  Penalty for Delayed Request for Anticipated Payment (RAP) Submission; Nationwide Expansion of Lower Limb Prosthetic Codes in the DMEPOS PA Program; Home Health Quality Reporting Program (Resource Materials: Introduction to the Home Health Quality Reporting Program, Updated version of the Guide to Home Health Help Desks)HHQRP Non-Compliance Notifications; Public reporting [Launch of Care Compare and Provider Data Catalogue in early September (replacing Home Health Compare), October Refresh of Compare, iQIES Reports, Public Reporting Decisions due to COVID-19 data exemptions]; Home Health CAHPS update (please contact RTI by emailing hhcahps@rti.org for assistance, For any questions about HHCAHPS, email hhcahps@rti.org or homehealthcahps@cms.hhs.gov. Or, telephone (866) 354-0985); ​​​​​​​Hospice CAHPS update; ​​​​​​​HQRP updates: HQRP webpage (https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/Hospice-Quality-Reporting/Spotlight.html); HQRP Help Desks (https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/Hospice-Quality-Reporting/Help-Desks); Public Reporting/Hospice Compare updates: Hospice Compare/Public Reporting (https://www.medicare.gov/care-compare/); Open Q&A. If you wish to participate, dial 1-888-455-1397 & Conference Passcode: 9375124. Please see the full participation announcement in the Downloads section below. Thank you for your continued interest in the CMS Open Door Forums. ​​​​​​​

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