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Physicians, Nurses and Allied Health Professionals Open Door Forum

Overview:

The Physicians, Nurses and Allied Health Professionals Open Door Forum (ODF) addresses the concerns and issues of Medicare and Medicaid physicians, non-physician practitioners, nurses, and other allied health care specialists. This diverse group of providers serves Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries in almost all service settings, ranging from independent physician offices to specialized departments within larger facilities. The types of issues that come up during this forum are as varied as the providers who participate, but some frequent topics include the Physician Fee Schedule, Stark regulations, care plan oversight, payment and documentation rules, Provider Enrollment Chain Ownership System (PECOS), as well as the roles and responsibilities of different allied health professional staff under CMS regulations. Timely announcements and clarifications regarding important rulemaking, quality program initiatives, and other related areas are also included in the forums.

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**Updated: September 6, 2017 - Special Open Door Forum (SODF): The IMPACT Act and Improving Care Coordination, Thursday, September 28, 2017 from 2:00pm – 3:00pm Eastern Time. The purpose of this SODF will provide information and solicit feedback pertaining to the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (commonly referred to as the IMPACT Act). This SODF will focus on the goals of the IMPACT Act, update attendees on the RAND contract activities for item development, including pilot test results and plans for the upcoming national field test, and identify opportunities for providers, consumers, stakeholders, researchers, and advocates to become involved over the next year. We invite questions, comments, and ideas from providers, patients, consumers, researchers, and advocates in advance or during the Forum. Please submit questions, comments, and ideas to: PACQualityInitiative@cms.hhs.gov. The presentation is posted on the IMPACT Act Downloads and Videos webpage. If you wish to participate, dial: 1-800-837-1935 & Conference ID: 66557294. 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.