CMS Announces its Next Home Health, Hospice and DME Open Door Forum
Forum will be held Wednesday, August 20
August 15, 2014 10:06 AM
CMS has announced that its next Home Health, Hospice and DME Open Door Forum will be held next Wednesday, August 20. NAHC members are encouraged to note that some key issues will be addressed, including the revised hospice cost report for freestanding agencies.
The link that accompanied the announcement appears to be the second version of the cost report that was issued on November 22, 2013. It is unclear whether these will be the actual, final cost report forms and instructions for freestanding agencies that CMS has indicated will be required for cost reporting years beginning October 1, 2014, and afterward, or if CMS will release another version that incorporates some of the additional changes that were recommended by the industry during December 2013.
NAHC wanted to point out that the cost report changes are on the agenda, and that the forms and instructions appear to be the versions that were released last November. NAHC has requested clarification from CMS as to whether these are the final versions or if there will be additional modifications - which, if they occur, should be limited.
Below is the tentative agenda for CMS Home Health, Hospice and DME Open Door Forum:
I. Opening Remarks
Chair – Randy Throndset, Center for Medicare
Moderator – Jill Darling (OC)
II. Announcements & Updates
OASIS-C1 webinar, September 3, 2014 @2PM, Survey and Certification letter attached.
§Can be found at: http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Provider-Enrollment-and-Certification/SurveyCertificationGenInfo/Policy-and-Memos-to-States-and-Regions.html search for OASIS-C1_ICD9
FY 2015 Hospice Payment Rate Update Final Rule
§ http: //www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAViewIC?ref_nbr=201312-0938-003&icID=8476
HHCAHPS (Home Health CAHPS Survey)
§at URL https://homehealthcahps.org
III. Open Q&A
**Next Home Health, Hospice & DME ODF: October 1, 2014
Open Door Participation Instructions:
This call will be Conference Call Only.
To participate by phone:
Dial: 1-800-837-1935 & Reference Conference ID: 44421630.
Persons participating by phone do not need to RSVP. TTY Communications Relay Services are available for the Hearing Impaired. For TTY services dial 7-1-1 or 1-800-855-2880. A Relay Communications Assistant will help.
Encore: 1-855-859-2056; Conference ID: 44421630.
Encore is an audio recording of this call that can be accessed by dialing 1-855-859-2056 and entering the Conference ID beginning 2 hours after the call has ended. The recording expires after 2 business days.
For ODF schedule updates and E-Mailing List registration, visit our website at http://www.cms.gov/OpenDoorForums/.