Home Health, Hospice & Durable Medical Equipment Open Door Forum
The Home Health, Hospice & Durable Medical Equipment Open Door Forum (ODF) addresses the concerns of three unique health care areas within the Medicare & Medicaid programs. Issues related to Home Health PPS, the newly proposed competitive bidding for DME and the Medicare Hospice benefit are all topics the forum has covered. Many of the issues covered bridge concerns within all three settings and the combination of the topics under one Forum has been useful to many participants. We continue to hold Special ODFs when individual policy issues require special attention. Timely announcements and clarifications regarding important rulemaking, agency program initiatives and other related areas are also included in the forums.
**Updated July 24, 2020- The proposed agenda for the next Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum scheduled for Wednesday, July 29, 2020 is as follows: Announcements & Updates: DMEPOS Prior Authorization Update; Hospice Quality Reporting Program updates (HQRP webpage: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/Hospice-Quality-Reporting/Spotlight.html, HQRP Reconsideration Webpage: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/Hospice-Quality-Reporting/Reconsideration-Requests, HQRP Help Desks: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/Hospice-Quality-Reporting/Help-Desks); Hospice Compare updates (Hospice Compare/Public Reporting: https://www.medicare.gov/hospiceCompare/); Hospice CAHPS updates (www.hospicecahpssurvey.org. It contains information for Hospice CAHPS Survey vendors and for hospice providers. If you need technical assistance regarding the Hospice CAHPS survey, you may email us at: email@example.com or call us at 1-844-472-4621); Home Health Quality Reporting Program updates (HH QRP Spotlight and Announcements webpage: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/HomeHealthQualityInits/Spotlight-and-Announcements, HH QRP Training Webpage: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/HomeHealthQualityInits/Home-Health-Quality-Reporting-Training, HH QRP Data Submission Deadlines Webpage: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/HomeHealthQualityInits/Home-Health-Quality-Reporting-Data-Submission-Deadlines); Home Health CAHPS Updates (HHCAHPS website: https://homehealthcahps.org if you are a home health agency or HHCAHPS vendor using the secure portals, or www.homehealthcahps.org if you are using HHCAHPS website for all publicly-available information about HHCAHPS. For technical assistance, email HHCAHPS@rti.org or call (866) 354-0985); Review Choice Demonstration for Home Health Services. Open Q&A. If you wish to participate, dial 1-888-455-1397 & Conference Passcode: 9375124. Please see the full participation announcement in the Downloads section below. Thank you for your continued interest in the CMS Open Door Forums.
**Updated June 8, 2020- Special Open Door Forum: Medicare Documentation Requirement Lookup Service, Thursday, June 25, 2020, 2pm-3pmET. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Center for Program Integrity will host a series of Special Open Door Forum (SODF) calls to educate the public about a new initiative underway to develop a Medicare Fee for Service (FFS) Documentation Requirement Lookup Service prototype. Also, to allow physicians, suppliers, IT and Electronic Health Record (EHR) Developers and Vendors, and/or all other interested parties to provide feedback to CMS and inform how interested parties can get involved or track the progress of this initiative. The goals of the Documentation Requirement Lookup Service prototype are to reduce provider burden, reduce improper payments and appeals, and improve "provider to payer" information exchange. For more information and to access the slide presentation for the SODF, please visit our website: go.cms.gov/MedicareRequirementsLookup. We look forward to your participation. If you wish to participate, dial: 1-(888)-455-1397, Participant Passcode: 2900212. Please see the full participation announcement in the Downloads section below. Thank you for your continued interest in the CMS Open Door Forums.