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Home Health, Hospice & Durable Medical Equipment Open Door Forum

Overview:

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.

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**Updated August 13, 2019- The proposed agenda for the next Home Health, Hospice and DME Open Door Forum scheduled for Thursday, August 15 from 2pm-3pmET is as follows: *CY 2020 Home Health Proposed Rule (CMS-1711-P); *FY 2020 Final Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update (CMS-1714-F), For more information and to view the rule, visit the Hospice webpage- https://www.cms.gov/Center/Provider-Type/Hospice-Center.html. *Timeline for Round 2021 of the DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program- See the Competitive Bidding Implementation Contractor website for more detailed information; *Announcement about the National Provider Call on HH PDGM Operational Issues- *Registration link: https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Outreach/NPC/National-Provider-Calls-and-Events-Items/2019-08-21-Home-Health-Call.html; *HHCAHPS Updates- HHCAHPS website: https://homehealthcahps.org HHCAHPS@rti.org or call (866) 354-0985. *Updates and Announcements from the Home Health Quality Reporting Program- CY 2020 Proposed Rule Update, Reporting Updates, Review Choice Demonstration for Home Health Services- Demo webpage: https://go.cms.gov/homehealthRCD . *Hospice CAHPS Update- CAHPS Hospice Survey Project Team: hospicecahpssurvey@HCQIS.org or 1-844-472-4621, Technical assistance: hospicecahpssurvey@hsag.com . *Hospice Compare updates- Links to our webpages are: HQRP webpage: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/Hospice-Quality-Reporting/Spotlight.html , Hospice QRP Reconsideration Webpage: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/Hospice-Quality-Reporting/Reconsideration-Requests.html . *Hospice Compare: https://www.medicare.gov/hospiceCompare/, Hospice QRP Related Help Desks: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/Hospice-Quality-Reporting/Help-Desks.html. *Coming Soon: iQIES for Home Health Providers; * CY2020 NPRM Rule Update for DMEPOS Gap-Filling and Sources of Market-Based Data Measuring Sales of Diabetic Testing Strips. This agenda is subject to change. If you wish to participate, dial 1-888-455-1397 & Reference 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.