The Ambulance Open Door Forum (ODF) addresses issues related to the payment, billing, coverage and delivery of services in the ambulance industry. The Ambulance Fee Schedule rules, rural and other ambulance payment enhancements, requirements for ambulance service certification and payment determinations, are just some of the many types of issues addressed within the forum. In addition, discussions differentiating the rules related to provider-based and independent ambulance services are facilitated. Timely announcements and clarifications regarding important rulemaking, agency program initiatives and other related areas are also included in the forums.
**Updated November 18, 2022- The proposed agenda for the next Ambulance Open Door Forum scheduled for Thursday, December 1, 2022 from 2pm-3pmET is as follows: Announcements & Updates- ET3 Model updates; Ground Ambulance and Patient Billing Advisory Committee; Medicare Ground Ambulance Data Collection System: Calendar Year (CY) 2023 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) Final Rule (slide presentation will be available at: https://www.cms.gov/Center/Provider-Type/Ambulances-Services-Center, under Spotlights, Upcoming Events); Origin and Destination Requirements Under the Ambulance Fee Schedule During COVID-19 PHE Only: https://www.federalregister.gov/public-inspection/2022-23873/medicare-and-medicaid-programs-cy-2023-payment-policies-under-the-physician-fee-schedule-and-other; Rural Emergency Hospitals Ambulance Services: CY 2023 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System Final Rule: https://www.federalregister.gov/public-inspection/2022-23918/medicare-program-hospital-outpatient-prospective-payment-and-ambulatory-surgical-center-payment ; CY 2023 Ambulance Inflation Factor (AIF) & Productivity Adjustment: https://www.cms.gov/files/document/r11642cp.pdf (PDF); Open Q&A. If you wish to participate, dial 1-888-455-1397 and use conference passcode: 5109694. Please see the full agenda in the downloads section below. We look forward to your participation. Thank you for your continued interest in the CMS Open Door Forums.