CMS Holding a Series of Open Door Forums on the Paper and Electronic Clinical Templates
First call scheduled for February 11 between 1:00pm and 2:00pm EST
February 6, 2015 08:24 AM
CMS will be hosting a series of Special Open Door Forum calls beginning in February 2015 to provide an opportunity for physicians, home health agencies and/or all other interested parties to provide feedback on both the paper clinical template and the electronic clinical template.
The template is available in two versions: electronic and paper. These draft templates can be accessed by following the links below.
The first call is scheduled for February 11, 2015 from 1pm - 2pm ET.While the call-in details are not yet available, those interested in participating in the first call should check this CMS website for the call-in information when it posts.
For more on CMS’ new clinical templates, please see NAHC Report, January 30, 2015.
In early December, NAHC requested that CMS phase in the new documentation requirements in a multi-step process that includes a hold on F2F documentation related claim denials until adequate guidance is issued, comprehensive training is completed, and physicians are given the opportunity to demonstrate that the documentation standards are understood. At this point, CMS has not determined if it will adopt that request. Instead, it appears that CMS wants to move forward, using the voluntary form as the means to compliance.
NAHC remains committed to working with CMS on establishing a temporary hold on claim denial. HHAs should do everything possible to comply with the documentation requirements in the meantime. In addition, HHAs should convey their F2F concerns and any difficulties to CMS immediately, as CMS continues to consider our phase-in request.