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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 February 11, 2019- The proposed agenda for the next Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum scheduled for Wednesday, February 13, 2019 from 2pm-3pmET is as follows: Announcements & Updates- Billing Instructions for the HH Patient-Driven Groupings Model – Change Request 11081; Hospice QRP Updates- Links: HQRP website (, Hospice Compare (, Help Desks Related to HQRP (, QIES Help Desk: or 1 (877) 201-4721, CAHPS® Hospice Survey Help Desk: or (844) 472-4621, APU/Reconsiderations Help Desk:; Hospice CAHPS announcements: For technical assistance, contact the CAHPS Hospice Survey Project Team: or 1-844-472-4621, Implementation issues:; Updates and Announcements from the Home Health Quality Reporting Program: Reporting Updates- Home Health Compare Updates (January 2019) , Quality of Patient Care Star Ratings Update (April 2019), Guidance Update- Updated OASIS-D Guidance Manual Eerata; Training Update-; HHCAHPS Survey Updates- HHCAHPS website:, HHCAHPS information and assistance:, CMS contacts for HHCAHPS: If you wish to participate, dial 1-800-837-1935. Conference ID: 5585018. Please see the full participation announcement in the Downloads section below. Thank you for your continued interest in the CMS Open Door Forums.