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Home Health, Hospice & Durable Medical Equipment Open Door Forum

Overview:

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.

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**Updated: September 11, 2019 - The proposed agenda for the next Home Health, Hospice & DME/Quality Open Door Forum is scheduled for Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 2:00pm is as follows: Announcements & Updates; CMS-6058-FC Medicare, Medicaid, and Children's Health Insurance Programs; Program Integrity Enhancements to the Provider Enrollment Process; Timeline Reminder of Round 2021 of the DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program: See the Competitive Bidding Implementation Contractor website for more detailed information; Clarifications and Follow-up Items from the August 21 Home Health PDGM National Provider Call: Registration link: https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Outreach/NPC/National-Provider-Calls-and-Events-Items/2019-08-21-Home-Health-Call.html; Updates and Announcements from the Home Health Quality Reporting Program: CY2020 APU Process: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/HomeHealthQualityInits/Home-Health-Quality-Reporting-Reconsideration-and-Exception-and-Extension.html; Training Update APU webinar: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/HomeHealthQualityInits/Home-Health-Quality-Reporting-Training.html; Spotlight and Announcements page: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/HomeHealthQualityInits/Spotlight-and-Announcements.html; HHCAHPS Updates; HHCAHPS website: https://homehealthcahps.org; HHCAHPS@rti.org or call (866) 354-0985; Updates and Announcements for Hospice Quality Reporting Program; Hospice QRP Related Help Desks: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/Hospice-Quality-Reporting/Help-Desks.html; Updates to Hospice Compare: https://www.medicare.gov/hospiceCompare/; Hospice CAHPS Update: Survey Website: www.hospicecahpssurvey.org; CAHPS Hospice Survey Project Team: hospicecahpssurvey@HCQIS.org or 1-844-472-4621; Technical assistance: hospicecahpssurvey@hsag.com. If you wish to participate, dial 1-888-455-1397. Conference ID: 4676500. Please see the full participation announcement in the Downloads section below. Thank you for your continued interest in the CMS Open Door Forums.

**Updated: August 23, 2019 - Special Open Door Forum (SODF), Developing a Hospice Patient Assessment Tool, now called Hospice Outcomes & Patient Evaluation (HOPE) Tool---Status Update, Thursday, September 12, 2019 from 2:00pm – 3:00pm Eastern Time. The purpose of this SODF is to allow hospices and other interested parties to ask questions on the development of a Hospice Outcomes & Patient Evaluation (HOPE) Tool. This SODF is part of a series of regular SODF’s CMS plans to host on this patient assessment tool and other key topics related to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program. The purpose of a HOPE Tool is to develop outcome and other quality measures that relate to the care needs of people through the dying process and to ensure the safety and comfort of individuals enrolled in hospice institutions nationwide. The SODF will provide a status update and welcomes your questions. You can learn about the hospice assessment tool by going to: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/Hospice-Quality-Reporting/HOPE.html. Feedback and questions on the hospice assessment tool can be sent to: HospiceAssessment@cms.hhs.gov. If you wish to participate, dial: 1-888-455-1397 & Conference ID: 4676500. 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 Agenda: August 28, 2018 - Special Open Door Forum (SODF): Open Payments Expansion under the SUPPORT Act, Thursday August 29, 2019, 2018 from 2:00pm -3:00pm Eastern Time. This SODF on the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act (SUPPORT Act) impact on the Open Payments program. Open Payments is a national disclosure program that promotes a more transparent and accountable health care system by publishing the financial relationships between applicable manufactures and group purchasing organizations (GPOs) and health care providers (physicians and teaching hospitals). The provisions in the SUPPORT Act that impact Open Payments are a rider on the 2020 Physician Fee Schedule. CMS is formally soliciting feedback via comments on the Physician Fee Schedule, which is available through September 27, 2019. This call is intended for the providers impacted by the expanded definition and will provide an opportunity to learn about Open Payments, how the expansion directly affects them, and their role within the Open Payments program. Further information about the Open Payments program and the proposed changes are available on the CMS Open Payments website. The presentation for this call is available on the Open Payments Events Page. The URL link to the events page in the announcement: https://www.cms.gov/OpenPayments/Program-Participants/Events.html. If you wish to participate, dial: 1-888-455-1397& Conference ID: 6609831. Please see the Downloads section below for the full call announcement. We look forward to your participation. Thank you for your continued interest in the CMS Open Door Forums.

**Updated August 13, 2019- The proposed agenda for the next Home Health, Hospice and DME Open Door Forum scheduled for Thursday, August 15 from 2pm-3pmET is as follows: *CY 2020 Home Health Proposed Rule (CMS-1711-P); *FY 2020 Final Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update (CMS-1714-F), For more information and to view the rule, visit the Hospice webpage- https://www.cms.gov/Center/Provider-Type/Hospice-Center.html. *Timeline for Round 2021 of the DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program- See the Competitive Bidding Implementation Contractor website for more detailed information; *Announcement about the National Provider Call on HH PDGM Operational Issues- *Registration link: https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Outreach/NPC/National-Provider-Calls-and-Events-Items/2019-08-21-Home-Health-Call.html; *HHCAHPS Updates- HHCAHPS website: https://homehealthcahps.org HHCAHPS@rti.org or call (866) 354-0985. *Updates and Announcements from the Home Health Quality Reporting Program- CY 2020 Proposed Rule Update, Reporting Updates, Review Choice Demonstration for Home Health Services- Demo webpage: https://go.cms.gov/homehealthRCD . *Hospice CAHPS Update- CAHPS Hospice Survey Project Team: hospicecahpssurvey@HCQIS.org or 1-844-472-4621, Technical assistance: hospicecahpssurvey@hsag.com . *Hospice Compare updates- Links to our webpages are: HQRP webpage: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/Hospice-Quality-Reporting/Spotlight.html , Hospice QRP Reconsideration Webpage: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/Hospice-Quality-Reporting/Reconsideration-Requests.html . *Hospice Compare: https://www.medicare.gov/hospiceCompare/, Hospice QRP Related Help Desks: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/Hospice-Quality-Reporting/Help-Desks.html. *Coming Soon: iQIES for Home Health Providers; * CY2020 NPRM Rule Update for DMEPOS Gap-Filling and Sources of Market-Based Data Measuring Sales of Diabetic Testing Strips. This agenda is subject to change. If you wish to participate, dial 1-888-455-1397 & Reference Conference Passcode: 9375124. Please see the Downloads section below for the full participation announcement. Thank you for your continued interest in the CMS Open Door Forums.