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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: February 15, 2018 - The proposed agenda for the next Physician Nurses & Allied Health Open Door Forum is scheduled for Tuesday February 20, 2018 from 2:00pm-3:00pmET is as follows: Announcements & Updates; Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 – Brief Overview of Medicare Extender Provisions; Open Payments- Program Year 2017 reminders. If you wish to participate, dial 1-800-837-1935 Conference ID: 31620501. Please see the full participation announcement in the Downloads section below. Thank you for your continued interest in the CMS Open Door Forums.

**Updated: February 2, 2018 - Special Open Door Forum (SODF): New Medicare Card Project, Tuesday, February 6, 2018, from 2:00p.m. – 3:00p.m. Eastern Time. The purpose of this SODF to allow State Medicaid agencies, Medicaid providers, Managed Care Organizations (MCOs), Medicaid partners and other Medicaid stakeholders an opportunity to learn more about and ask questions regarding CMS’s approach towards changing the Social Security Number-based Health Insurance Claim Numbers (HICN) to the new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI). During this ODF we will cover the background of the New Medicare Card Project, the implementation of new Medicare numbers, the format of the new number, timeline & milestones, the transition period, outreach & education, and what you need to know to get ready for the new number. For more information about the New Medicare Project, please visit our website: https://www.cms.gov/newcard. Feedback and questions on the New Medicare Card Project can be sent to: NewMedicareCardSSNRemoval@cms.hhs.gov. The Provider Ombudsman for the New Medicare Card serves as a CMS resource for the provider community. The Ombudsman will ensure that CMS hears and understands any implementation problems experienced by clinicians, hospitals, suppliers and other providers. Dr. Eugene Freund is serving in this position. He  also communicates about the New Medicare Card to providers, and collaborates with CMS components to make them aware of any implementation problems that arise. To reach the Ombudsman, contact: NMCProviderQuestions@cms.hhs.gov. If you wish to participate, dial: 1-800 837-1935 & Conference ID: 8259057. 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: January 10, 2018 - Special Open Door Forum (SODF): New Medicare Card Project, Tuesday, January 23, 2018, from 2:00p.m. – 3:00p.m. Eastern Time. The purpose of this SODF to allow State Medicaid agencies, Medicaid providers, Managed Care Organizations (MCOs), Medicaid partners and other Medicaid stakeholders an opportunity to learn more about and ask questions regarding CMS’s approach towards changing the Social Security Number-based Health Insurance Claim Numbers (HICN) to the new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI). During this ODF we will cover the background of the New Medicare Card Project, the implementation of new Medicare numbers, the format of the new number, timeline & milestones, the transition period, outreach & education, and what you need to know to get ready for the new number. For more information about the New Medicare Project, please visit our website: https://www.cms.gov/newcard. Feedback and questions on the New Medicare Card Project can be sent to: NewMedicareCardSSNRemoval@cms.hhs.gov. The Provider Ombudsman for the New Medicare Card serves as a CMS resource for the provider community. The Ombudsman will ensure that CMS hears and understands any implementation problems experienced by clinicians, hospitals, suppliers and other providers. Dr. Eugene Freund is serving in this position. He   also communicates about the New Medicare Card to providers, and collaborates with CMS components to make them aware of any implementation problems that arise. To reach the Ombudsman, contact: NMCProviderQuestions@cms.hhs.gov.If you wish to participate, dial: 1-800 837-1935 & Conference ID: 8259057. 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.