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Special Open Door Forums

When a Special Open Door Forum (ODF) is scheduled, please refer to the "Downloads" section below for the Special ODF details and RSVP information. Approximately one week after the Special ODF has passed, the announcement, transcript and MP3 audio file will be posted under the "Downloads" section in one Download link for 30 days.

CMS has Special Forums throughout the year, to independently discuss new and important program topics. 


**Updated: August 23, 2019 - Special Open Door Forum (SODF), Developing a Hospice Patient Assessment Tool, now called Hospice Outcomes & Patient Evaluation (HOPE) Tool---Status Update, Thursday, September 12, 2019 from 2:00pm – 3:00pm Eastern Time. The purpose of this SODF is to allow hospices and other interested parties to ask questions on the development of a Hospice Outcomes & Patient Evaluation (HOPE) Tool. This SODF is part of a series of regular SODF’s CMS plans to host on this patient assessment tool and other key topics related to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program. The purpose of a HOPE Tool is to develop outcome and other quality measures that relate to the care needs of people through the dying process and to ensure the safety and comfort of individuals enrolled in hospice institutions nationwide. The SODF will provide a status update and welcomes your questions. You can learn about the hospice assessment tool by going to: Feedback and questions on the hospice assessment tool can be sent to: If you wish to participate, dial: 1-888-455-1397 & Conference ID: 4676500. 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 Agenda: August 28, 2018 - Special Open Door Forum (SODF): Open Payments Expansion under the SUPPORT Act, Thursday August 29, 2019, 2018 from 2:00pm -3:00pm Eastern Time. This SODF on the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act (SUPPORT Act) impact on the Open Payments program. Open Payments is a national disclosure program that promotes a more transparent and accountable health care system by publishing the financial relationships between applicable manufactures and group purchasing organizations (GPOs) and health care providers (physicians and teaching hospitals). The provisions in the SUPPORT Act that impact Open Payments are a rider on the 2020 Physician Fee Schedule. CMS is formally soliciting feedback via comments on the Physician Fee Schedule, which is available through September 27, 2019. This call is intended for the providers impacted by the expanded definition and will provide an opportunity to learn about Open Payments, how the expansion directly affects them, and their role within the Open Payments program. Further information about the Open Payments program and the proposed changes are available on the CMS Open Payments website. The presentation for this call is available on the Open Payments Events Page. The URL link to the events page in the announcement: If you wish to participate, dial: 1-888-455-1397& Conference ID: 6609831. Please see the Downloads section below for the full call announcement. We look forward to your participation. Thank you for your continued interest in the CMS Open Door Forums.

**Updated August 13, 2019- You are invited to a Special Open Door Forum on Tuesday, August 20, from 2:00pm-4:00pm ET; about the final rule updating Medicare payment policies for hospitals under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and the Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System (PPS) for fiscal year 2020. The final rule includes changes to the inpatient hospital wage index, increased payments and modernized policies related to new technologies, and incentives to promote development of new antimicrobial therapies to treat drug-resistant infections. If you wish to participate dial 1-888-455-1397, participant passcode: 4676500. Please see the Downloads section below for the full participation announcement. Thank you for your continued interest in the CMS Open Door Forums.