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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 July 14, 2017 - The proposed agenda for the next Home Health, Hospice & DME/Quality Open Door Forum is scheduled for Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 2:00pm is as follows: Announcements & Updates; CY 2018 Home Health Prospective Payment System Proposed Rule: HH VBP; Proposed HH QRP policies in the 2018 NPRM; Home Health claims processing update; Hospice claims processing update; Updates on HHCAHPS; Updates on Hospice CAHPS: For technical assistance, contact the CAHPS Hospice Survey Project Team:  or 1-844-472-4621; To communicate with CMS staff about implementation issues: hospicesurvey@cms.hhs. If you wish to participate, dial 1-800-837-1935 Conference ID: 59185437. Please see the full participation announcement in the Downloads section below. Thank you for your continued interest in the CMS Open Door Forums.