Rural Health Open Door Forum**Updated September 28, 2012 - CMS will hold a National Provider Call on Medicare Provider Enrollment on Wednesday, October 10; 1-2:30pm ET. CMS will provide Updates on Revalidation, Billing for Ordered/Referred Services and PECOS Enhancements For more information and to register, go to the National Provider Calls website: http://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Outreach/NPC/National-Provider-Calls-and-Events-Items/2012-10-10-PECOS-Enhancements.html
Registration is open until noon ET the day of the call.
**Updated September 27, 2012 - The transcript and audio file from the September 20, 2012 Long-Term Care Hospital Quality Reporting Special Open Door Forum is now available in the Downloads section of the Special Open Door Forum Page: http://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Outreach/OpenDoorForums/ODFSpecialODF.html
**Updated September 24, 2012 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will hold a Special Open Door Forum on the Manual Medical Review of Therapy Claims on September 26, 2012, from 3:00pm-4:00pm, ET. If you wish to participate, dial: 1-866-501-5502; Conference ID: 34261274. Please see the Downloads section below for the announcement with full participation instructions.
**Updated September 18, 2012 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will hold a Special Open Door Forum on ACA Section 3004: Quality Reporting Program for Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs) on September 20, 2012, from 1:00pm-2:30pm, ET. If you wish to participate, dial: 1-800-603-1774; Conference ID: 25074257. Please see the Downloads section below for the slides and the announcement with full participation instructions.
**Updated September 10, 2012 - The next Rural Health Open Door Forum is scheduled for Tuesday, September 11, 2012, from 2:00pm – 3:00pm, ET. If you wish to participate, dial 1-800-837-1935; Conference ID: 76243249. Please see the full participation announcement in the Downloads section below. Thank you for your continued interest in the CMS Open Door Forums.
**Updated January 25, 2012 - The revised "Swing Bed Services" fact sheet (ICN 006951) is now available in downloadable format (http://www.cms.gov/MLNProducts/downloads/SwingBedFactsheet.pdf). It includes the following information: background, requirements that apply to hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals, and swing bed services payments.
Rural Health Open Door Forum Overview
The Rural Health ODF addresses Rural Health Clinic (RHC), Critical Access Hospital (CAH) and Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) issues, as well as some inclusion of other questions and concerns that occur in clinical practice pertaining to other CMS payment systems that also extend into these settings. Topics that frequently arise on this forum often deal with payment & billing for services subject to Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) and/or Physician Shortage Area (PSA) status, cost report clarifications, classifications for & qualifications of rural provider types, and the many special provisions being implemented for improving rural health in the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003. Timely announcements and clarifications regarding important rulemaking, quality program initiatives, and other related areas are also included in the Forums.
- Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - Announcement - Manual Medical Review of Therapy Claims Special Open Door Forum [PDF, 29KB]
- Thursday, September 20, 2012 - Announcement - ACA Section 3004: Quality Reporting Program for Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs) Special Open Door Forum [PDF, 74KB]
- Thursday, September 20, 2012 - Slides - ACA Section 3004: Quality Reporting Program for Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs) Special Open Door Forum [PDF, 153KB]
- Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - Announcement - Rural Health Open Door Forum [PDF, 22KB]
- CMS Rural Health Coordinators Updated October 2011 [PDF, 57KB]
- Medicare Billing Information for Rural Providers and Suppliers [PDF, 1MB]