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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 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 19, 2019- The proposed agenda for the next Physicians, Nurses & Allied Health Professionals Open Door Form scheduled for Wednesday, August 21, 2019 from 2pm-3pmET is as follows: Announcements & Updates: *Overview of Calendar Year 2020 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule- Payment Provisions, Shared Saving Program, Quality Payment Program; *Overview of Proposed Radiation Oncology Model- https://innovation.cms.gov/initiatives/radiation-oncology-model/; *Open Payments; *Appropriate Use Criteria; *Home Health Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM). This agenda is subject to change if you wish to participate, dial 1-888-455-1397 & Conference Passcode: 9375124. 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.