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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: May 18, 2018 - Special Open Door Forum (SODF): To allow physicians, provider and supplier professional associations, and/or all other interested parties to provide feedback on the DMEPOS Dietary Related Clinical Templates and CDEs that are posted on the CMS.gov website. which can be accessed through the link below: https://www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/Computer-Data-and-Systems/Electronic-Clinical-Templates/DMEPOS-Templates/DMEPOS-Templates.html. Feedback and questions on our drafts can be sent to: clinicaltemplates@cms.hhs.gov. We look forward to your participation. We look forward to your participation. If you wish to participate, dial: 1-800-837-1935 & Conference ID: 8778137. 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.

**Updated May 11, 2018 - The proposed agenda for the next Home Health, Hospice & DME/Quality Open Door Forum is scheduled for Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 2:00pm is as follows: Announcements & Updates; FY 2019 Hospice Payment Update; Proposed regulations text changes recognizing physician assistants (PAs) as designated hospice attending physicians; Hospice QRP announcements; HH QRP Website Recent Updates; Announcement of June 27 MLN call on Star Ratings Updates on Hospice CAHPS: For technical assistance, contact the CAHPS Hospice Survey Project Team: hospicecahpssurvey@HCQIS.org  or 1-844-472-4621; To communicate with CMS staff about implementation issues: hospicesurvey@cms.hhs; Updates on Home Health CAHPS: For technical assistance, contact the HHCAHPS Coordination Team: HHCAHPS@rti.org or call 1-(866) 354-0985; To communicate with CMS staff about implementation issues: homehealthcahps@cms.hhs.gov; Hospice Claims Processing Update; Home Health Claims Processing Update. If you wish to participate, dial 1-800-837-1935 Conference ID: 33245710. Please see the full participation announcement in the Downloads section below. Thank you for your continued interest in the CMS Open Door Forums.

**Updated: May 3, 2018- Special Open Door Forum (SODF): Home Oxygen Therapy – Provider Documentation Manual, Thursday, May 10, 2018 from 2pm-3pm Eastern Time. The purpose of this SODF is to introduce physicians, practitioners, suppliers and all other interested parties to the first DRAFT chapter of our new Provider Documentation Manual. To reduce administrative provider burden, CMS is creating a new internet-only manual. We are listing all the documentation that’s required for Medicare payment in one central location – the Provider Documentation Manual. The first DRAFT section in this new manual is Home Oxygen Therapy. Each section will be on a specific item or service. SODF participants can provide feedback and ask questions about the Provider Documentation Manual section on Home Oxygen Therapy. For more information please refer to: https://www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/Monitoring-Programs/Medicare-FFS-Compliance-Programs/ReducingProviderBurden.html . Please send feedback and questions to: ProviderDocumentationManual@cms.hhs.gov . We look forward to your participation. If you wish to participate, dial: 1-800-837-1935 & Conference ID: 9895345. Please see the Downloads section below for the full call announcement. Thank you for your continued interest in the CMS Open Door Forums.

**Updated: April 27, 2018 - Special Open Door Forum (SODF): For Durable Medical Equipment, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS) Drug Related Items Templates and Clinical Data Elements (CDEs), Thursday, May 3, 2018 from 2:00pm – 3:00pm Eastern Time. The purpose of this SODF is to allow physicians, provider and supplier professional associations, and/or all other interested parties to provide feedback on the DMEPOS Drug Related Clinical Templates and CDEs that are posted on the CMS.gov website. The Clinical Templates and CDEs are available on the CMS.gov website which can be accessed through the link below: https://www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/Computer-Data-and-Systems/Electronic-Clinical-Templates/DMEPOS-Templates/DMEPOS-Templates.html. Feedback and questions on our drafts can be sent to: clinicaltemplates@cms.hhs.gov. We look forward to your participation. We look forward to your participation. If you wish to participate, dial: 1-800-837-1935 & Conference ID: 1554959. 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.

**Updated: April 11, 2018 - Special Open Door Forum (SODF): Templates and Clinical Data Elements (CDEs) For Respiratory Related Items, Thursday, April 19, 2018 from 3:00pm – 4:00pm Eastern Time. The purpose of this SODF is to allow physicians, provider and supplier professional associations, and/or all other interested parties to provide feedback on the Respiratory related Clinical Templates and CDEs that are posted on the CMS.gov website. The Clinical Templates and CDEs are available on the CMS.gov website which can be accessed through the link below: https://www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/Computer-Data-and-Systems/Electronic-Clinical-Templates/DMEPOS-Templates/DMEPOS-Templates.html. Feedback and questions on our drafts can be sent to: clinicaltemplates@cms.hhs.gov. We look forward to your participation. If you wish to participate, dial: 1-800-837-1935 & Conference ID: 9796898. 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.

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