Rural Health Open Door Forum
The Rural Health Open Door Forum (ODF) addresses Rural Health Clinic (RHC), Critical Access Hospital (CAH) and Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) issues, as well as some inclusion of other questions and concerns that occur in clinical practice pertaining to other CMS payment systems that also extend into these settings. Topics that frequently arise on this forum often deal with payment & billing for services subject to Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) and/or Physician Shortage Area (PSA) status, cost report clarifications, classifications for & qualifications of rural provider types, and the many special provisions being implemented for improving rural health in the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003. Timely announcements and clarifications regarding important rulemaking, quality program initiatives, and other related areas are also included in the Forums.
**Updated: December 3, 2019 - Special Open Door Forum (SODF), Healthcare Price Transparency, Tuesday, December 10, 2019 from 2:00pm – 3:00pm Eastern Time. The purpose of this SODF is to allow stakeholders to ask questions about the recently released price transparency rules: Calendar Year (CY) 2020 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) & Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Price Transparency Requirements for Hospitals to Make Standard Charges Public Final Rule; Transparency in Coverage Proposed Rule; More information is available about the rules here: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2019/11/15/trump-administration-announces-historic-price-transparency-and-lower-healthcare-costs-for-all-americans.html. If you wish to participate, dial: 1-888-455-1397 & Conference ID: 4676500. 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: November 12, 2019 - The proposed agenda for the next Rural Health Open Door Forum is scheduled for Thursday, November 14, 2019, from 2:00pm- 3:00pmET is as follows: Announcements & Updates; *CY 2020 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) Final Rule related to Rural Health; *CY 2020 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule; *Opioid Treatment Program; *Ambulance Certification Statement Changes; *Open Q&A. If you wish to participate, dial 1-888-455-1397 Conference ID: 4676500. Please see the full participation announcement in the Downloads section below. Thank you for your continued interest in the CMS Open Door Forums.