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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. 

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**Updated: February 22, 2019 - Special Open Door Forum (SODF), New Proposed Rule Advances Interoperability & Patient Access to Health Data 2:00 – 3:00pm. Eastern Time. 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.

**Updated: February 20, 2019 - Special Open Door Forum (SODF): Medicare Documentation Requirement Lookup Service, Thursday, February 28, 2019, from 2:00 – 3:00pm. Eastern Time. The purpose of this SODF to educate the public about a new initiative underway to develop a Medicare Fee for Service (FFS) Documentation Requirement Lookup Service prototype. Also, to allow physicians, suppliers, IT and Electronic Health Record (EHR) Developers and Vendors, and/or all other interested parties to provide feedback to CMS and inform how interested parties can get involved or track the progress of this initiative. CMS is collaborating with ongoing industry efforts to streamline workflow access to coverage requirements, starting with developing a prototype Medicare FFS Documentation Requirement Lookup Service and is participating in two workgroups to promote development of standards that will support the Lookup Service. One workgroup is a private sector initiative hosted by Health Level Seven (HL7), the Da Vinci project. The second workgroup is The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) Payer + Provider (P2) Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource (FHIR) Taskforce. By working with HL7, ONC, other payers, providers, and EHR vendors, CMS is helping define the requirements and architect the standards-based solutions. In parallel, CMS is preparing to support pilots testing the information exchanges for Medicare FFS programs and possibly coordinate pilots with volunteer participants to verify and test the new FHIR based solutions. The goals of the Documentation Requirement Lookup Service prototype are to reduce provider burden, reduce improper payments and appeals, and improve "provider to payer" information exchange. The prototype will be made accessible to pilot participants and will allow providers to be able to discover the following at the time of service and within their EHR or practice management system:

  1. If Medicare FFS requires prior authorization for a given item or service; and
  2. Documentation requirements for Oxygen and Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Devices.
  • For more information and to access the slide presentation for the SODF, please visit our website: go.cms.gov/MedicareRequirementsLookup. If you wish to participate, dial: 1-800 837-1935 & Conference ID: 8278138. 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: December 13, 2018 - Special Open Door Forum (SODF): Changes to Level II Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) Coding and Application Submission Procedures for 2019, Tuesday, December 18, 2018, from 1:30 – 2:30pm. Eastern Time. The purpose of this SODF to announce changes to CMS’ Level II HCPCS Coding Procedures and HCPCS Code Application Procedures effective in the 2019-2020 HCPCS coding cycle, and to allow all stakeholders of these processes, and other interested parties, to ask questions regarding our process changes, as detailed on CMS’ HCPCS web site at http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Coding/MedHCPCSGenInfo/index.html. CMS is interested in adopting changes to the HCPCS process that facilitate the adoption of new technologies while balancing the burden on payers and providers and considers program needs. If you wish to participate, dial: 1-800 837-1935 & Conference ID: 3073759. 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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