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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: May 29, 2019 - Special Open Door Forum (SODF), Developing a Hospice Assessment Tool---Status Update, Wednesday, June 12, 2019 from 2:00 – 3:00pm Eastern Time. The purpose of this SODF is to allow hospices and other interested parties to ask questions on the development of a Hospice Assessment Tool. This SODF is part of a series of regular SODF’s CMS plans to host on this tool and other key topics related to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program. The purpose of a hospice assessment tool is to develop a tool that enables CMS and hospices to understand the care needs of people through the dying process and to ensure the safety and comfort of individuals enrolled in hospice institutions nationwide. The SODF will provide a status update and welcomes your questions. You can learn about the hospice assessment tool by going to: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/Hospice-Quality-Reporting/HEART.html. Feedback and questions on the hospice assessment tool can be sent to: HospiceAssessment@cms.hhs.gov. If you wish to participate, dial: 1-800 837-1935 & Conference ID: 9490006. 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: March 11, 2019- On Wednesday, March 13, 2019 from 2pm-3pmET, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Center for Clinical Standards and Quality (CCSQ) will host a Special Open Door Forum (SODF) to allow hospices and other interested parties to ask questions on the development of a Hospice Assessment Tool. This SODF is part of a series of regular SODF’s CMS plans to host on this tool and other key topics related to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program.

The purpose of a hospice assessment tool is to develop a tool that enables CMS and hospices to understand the care needs of people through the dying process and to ensure the safety and comfort of individuals enrolled in hospice institutions nationwide. The SODF will provide a status update and welcomes your questions.

You can learn about the hospice assessment tool by going to: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/Hospice-Quality-Reporting/HEART.html

 Feedback and questions on the hospice assessment tool can be sent to: CMS HEART@cms.hhs.gov. If you wish to participate, dial 1-800-837-1935 Conference ID 4382306. 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 22, 2019 - On Tuesday, February 26, 2019 from 2pm-3pm Eastern Time, Special Open Door Forum (SODF), New Proposed Rule Advances Interoperability & Patient Access to Health Data. The purpose of this SODF to discuss the recent press release. CMS Senior Staff will present the topic and answer your questions. More information can be found here:   https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/fact-sheets/cms-advances-interoperability-patient-access-health-data-through-new-proposals If you wish to participate, dial: 1-800 837-1935 & Conference ID: 8968707. 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.