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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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**The next Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum is scheduled for Tuesday, July 9, 2019 from 2pm-3pmET. The proposed agenda is as follows: *DMEPOS Update- Competitive Bidding Implementation Contractor website and the Round 2021 DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program Homepage; *DMEPOS Prior Authorization Program for Pressure Reducing Support   Surfaces; *Reminder: Public Beta testing of the HH PDGM Grouper software; *Updates and Announcements from the Home Health Quality Reporting Program: CY2019 NPRM Rule Update, Reporting Updates- July 2019 Home Health Compare Refresh coming up! *PPR measure added to HHC October 2019- Guidance Update  OASIS Quarterly Q&A: https://qtso.cms.gov/providers/home-health-agency-hha-providers/reference-manuals, Training Updates  https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/HomeHealthQualityInits/Home-Health-Quality-Reporting-Training.html, APU Webinar slides available, Video Tutorials Available to Assist with Coding Specific Section GG Items, Section GG web-based Training Course; *Updates to HQRP and Hospice Compare- 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. This agenda is subject to change. If you wish to participate dial 1-800-837-1935 & Reference Conference ID: 8354358. Please see the Downloads section below for the full call announcement. 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.