CMS Announces a Special Open Door Forum on Adding Star Ratings to the Home Health Compare Website
Special Open Door Forum is scheduled for Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 1:30pm – 3:00pm Eastern Time
January 29, 2015 12:01 PM
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service will host a second Special Open Door Forum (SODF) call to allow consumers, home health agencies (HHAs), and other interested parties to give additional input and feedback on the planned addition of star ratings to Medicare.gov’s Home Health Compare (HHC) web site.
The call follows up on our previous call one on this topic and will include:
· a summary of the comments received on the material presented at the earlier call and on other aspects of the methodology,
· a presentation of our revised methodology, and
· plans for next steps.
NAHC has already submitted comments to CMS on its concerns with the new star rating system. To learn more about NAHC’s comments, please see NAHC Report, January 23, 2015.
After the SODF presentation, the phones will be opened for comments and questions. A link to the materials for this SODF, including a slide deck, a summary of the revised proposed HHC star rating methodology, and an updated "Frequently Asked Questions" (FAQ) document will be available soon on the Home Health Quality Initiative Spotlight page here.
Comments about the star ratings system can be submitted by email after the call to the following address:HHC_Star_Ratings_Helpdesk@cms.hhs.gov
Special Open Door Forum Participation Instructions:
Participant Dial-In Number: 1-800-837-1935
Conference ID #: 73412220.
After the call, transcript and audio recording of this SODF will be posted to the Special Open Door Forum website here.