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Skilled Nursing Facilities/Long-Term Care Open Door Forum

Overview: 

The Skilled Nursing Facilities / Long-Term Care Open Door Forum (ODF) addresses the concerns and issues of both the Medicare SNF, the Medicaid NF, and the nursing home industry generally. The types of issues that come up during this forum are often related to the Minimum Data Set, SNF Consolidated Billing, the roles and responsibilities of different SNF, NF or LTC professional staff under CMS regulations, clarifications of issues that are covered during a survey and certification process, and the many rules and requirements under which different related services can be payable. 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: December 7, 2017 - Special Open Door Forum (SODF): The IMPACT Act and Improving Care Coordination, Tuesday, December 12, 2017, from 2:00p.m. – 3:00p.m. Eastern Time. The purpose of this SODF to provide information and solicit feedback pertaining to the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (commonly referred to as the IMPACT Act). This SODF will provide an update on RAND's national field test launch, describe planned stakeholder engagement activities for 2018, and highlight ways for stakeholders to remain engaged and informed during the upcoming year. We invite questions, comments, and ideas from providers, patients, consumers, researchers, and advocates in advance or during the Forum. Please submit questions, comments, and ideas to: PACQualityInitiative@cms.hhs.gov. The presentation is posted on the IMPACT Act Downloads and Videos webpage. If you wish to participate, dial: 1-800 837-1935 & Conference ID: 9097749. 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 15, 2017 - Special Open Door Forum (SODF): Revisions to DMEPOS Quality Standards for Therapeutic Shoe Inserts, Tuesday, November 28, 2017, from 2:00p.m. – 3:00p.m. Eastern Time. The purpose of this SODF to allow suppliers and other interested parties to ask questions on the proposed revisions to the Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Quality Standards released in DRAFT form on November 2, 2017.  The purpose of the proposed revisions to the DMEPOS Quality Standards is to make sure the Quality Standards account for recent technological changes in the creation of therapeutic shoe inserts for individuals with diabetes. The proposed revisions will allow Durable Medical Equipment (DME) Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) to account for the use of this technology in the creation process when processing claims; however, prior to implementation §1834(a)(20)(E) of the Social Security Act requires CMS to consult with relevant stakeholders. The Special ODF will be used to consult with stakeholders who may also submit comments to CMS at ReducingProviderBurden@cms.hhs.gov. For information about the proposed changes to the definitions contained in the Quality Standards, please refer to: Special Open Door Forum Presentation; Full Revised DMEPOS Quality Standards; Revised Definitions Only; Frequently Asked Questions. You can find the revised Quality Standards by going to CMS’ Reducing Provider Burden webpage. Feedback and questions on the revisions to the DMEPOS Quality Standards can be sent to: ReducingProviderBurden@cms.hhs.gov. If you wish to participate, dial: 1-800 837-1935 & Conference ID: 6573429. 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.