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Rural Health Open Door Forum

Overview:

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.

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**Updated August 19, 2015 - The proposed agenda for the next Rural Health Open Door Forum is scheduled for Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 2:00pm is as follows Announcements & Updates; Proposal in the CY 2016 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule Regarding Ambulance Staffing Requirements; Overview of Coordinated Care for Joint Replacement Proposed Rule; FY 2016 IPPS Final Rule; Home Health and Hospice Announcements. This agenda is subject to change. If you wish to participate, dial 1-800-837-1935 Conference ID 6877970. Please see the full participation announcement in the Downloads section below. Thank you for your continued interest in the CMS Open Door Forums.