Skip to Main Content

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 August 6, 2015 - The proposed agenda for the next Home Health, Hospice & DME/Quality Open Door Forum is scheduled for Wednesday, August 12, 2015  at 2:00pm is as follows Announcements & Updates; Home Health & Hospice Payment Policy Updates; Quality Reporting Updates: Hospice Quality Reporting Final Rule Update; Home Health Quality Reporting Proposed Rule Update; HHCAHPS/Hospice announcements-Home Health Care CAHPS (HHCAHPS): The only Official HHCAHPS website for all information, for HHAs to check their HHCAHPS preview reports for data posted on HH Compare, and for HHCAHPS Survey Vendors to submit data:; For Technical Assistance including questions about HHA Preview Reports, contact the HHCAHPS Coordination Team:; For CMS Assistance about Home Health Care CAHPS (HHCAHPS) APU questions, contact Hospice CAHPS: To reach the Hospice CAHPS web site please go to:; For technical assistance, contact the CAHPS Hospice Survey Project Team: or 1-844-472-4621; To communicate with CMS staff about implementation issues:; Claims Processing Update; DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program; Overview of Coordinated Care for Joint Replacement Proposed Rule; Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs) – New regulation and Chapter 5 manual revisions. This agenda is subject to change. If you wish to participate, dial 1-800-837-1935 Conference ID 6833152. Please see the full participation announcement in the Downloads section below. Thank you for your continued interest in the CMS Open Door Forums.