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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: September 11, 2019 - The proposed agenda for the next Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF)/Long Term Care (LTC), Open Door Forum is scheduled for Thursday, September 19, 2019, from 2:00pm - 3:00pmET is as follows: Announcements & Updates; PDPM Update; PBJ Update; Policy Questions should be sent to: NHStaffing@cms.hhs.gov; Technical Issues/Questions should be sent to: NursingHomePBJTechIssues@cms.hhs.gov; PBJ Website: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/NursingHomeQualityInits/Staffing-Data-Submission-PBJ.html; CMS-6058-FC Medicare, Medicaid, and Children's Health Insurance Programs; Program Integrity Enhancements to the Provider Enrollment Process; SNF QRP resource update. 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.

**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 13, 2019- You are invited to a Special Open Door Forum on Tuesday, August 20, from 2:00pm-4:00pm ET; about the final rule updating Medicare payment policies for hospitals under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and the Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System (PPS) for fiscal year 2020. The final rule includes changes to the inpatient hospital wage index, increased payments and modernized policies related to new technologies, and incentives to promote development of new antimicrobial therapies to treat drug-resistant infections. If you wish to participate dial 1-888-455-1397, participant passcode: 4676500. Please see the Downloads section below for the full participation announcement. Thank you for your continued interest in the CMS Open Door Forums.

**Updated: August 6, 2019- The proposed agenda for the next Skilled Nursing Facilities/Long Term Care Open Door Form scheduled for Thursday, August 8, 2019 from 2pm-3pmET is as follows: *FY 2020 SNF PPS Final Rule- https://www.federalregister.gov/public-inspection, Payment Policies, Quality Reporting Program, Value-Based Purchasing Program; *PBJ Update-Policy Questions should be sent to NHStaffing@cms.hhs.gov, Technical Issues/Questions should be sent to NursingHomePBJTechIssues@cms.hhs.gov, PBJ Website: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/NursingHomeQualityInits/Staffing-Data-Submission-PBJ.html; BFCC-QIO Transition Update. This agenda is subject to change. If you wish to participate dial 1-888-455-1397 & Conference Passcode: 9375124. Please see the Downloads section below for the full participation announcement. Thank you for your continued interest in the CMS Open Door Forums.