Home Health, Hospice & Durable Medical Equipment Open Door Forum
Overview:The Home Health, Hospice & Durable Medical Equipment Open Door Forum (ODF) addresses the concerns of three unique health care areas within the Medicare & Medicaid programs. Issues related to Home Health PPS, the newly proposed competitive bidding for DME and the Medicare Hospice benefit are all topics the forum has covered. Many of the issues covered bridge concerns within all three settings and the combination of the topics under one Forum has been useful to many participants. We continue to hold Special ODFs when individual policy issues require special attention. Timely announcements and clarifications regarding important rulemaking, agency program initiatives and other related areas are also included in the forums.
**Updated January 22, 2014- The Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers Proposed Rule (CMS-3178-P) that was presented on the January 22nd Home Health, Hospice & DME ODF can be found at: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-12-27/pdf/2013-30724.pdf . The comment period closes on February 25, 2014.
**Updated January 14, 2014 - The proposed agenda for the next Home Health, Hospice & DME/Quality Open Door Forum is scheduled for Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 2:00pm is as follows: FY 2015 Reporting Cycle Data Entry and Submission site available now: https://hospice.qtso.com/ Fact Sheet, User Guide, Training Slides in “Downloads” section: http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/Hospice-Quality-Reporting/Data-Collection.html
Technical User Guide for Data Entry and Submission in “Downloads” section: http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/Hospice-Quality-Reporting/Data-Submission.html; FY 2016 Reporting Cycle Fact Sheet: http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/Hospice-Quality-Reporting/Hospice-Item-Set-HIS.html FY 2014 Hospice Wage Index Final Rule: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-08-07/pdf/2013-18838.pdf HIS Data Specs in “Downloads” section: http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/Hospice-Quality-Reporting/HIS-Technical-Information.html
DRAFT Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) Package with HIS-Admission and HIS-Discharge http://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Legislation/PaperworkReductionActof1995/PRA-Listing-Items/CMS1252151.html?DLPage=1&DLFilter=hospice&DLSort=1&DLSortDir=descending. National Quality Forum: www.qualityforum.org; FY 2016 HIS Data Collection Training Registration available now: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hospice-item-set-his-data-collection-training-registration-10002003261; Hospice Experience of Care Survey (HECS) A description of the HECS survey and the requirements for the HECS survey in the Federal Register, Vol. 78, No. 152, August 7, 2013, pages 48262-48267, in the “Medicare Program; FY 2014 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update; Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements; and Update on Payment Reform: Final Rule.” http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-08-07/pdf/2013-18838.pdf. This agenda is subject to change. If you wish to participate, dial 1-800-837-1935 Conference ID 71106560. Please see the full participation announcement in the Downloads section below. Thank you for your continued interest in the CMS Open Door Forums.
Update: Friday, December 6, 2013 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a memorandum to clarify the criteria for determining payment responsibility for drugs for hospice beneficiaries. It is available on the spotlight section of the hospice center web page at:
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking input from providers related to the implementation of the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) established in Section 3004 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as The Affordable Care Act. On behalf of CMS, Health Care Innovation Services (HCIS) is looking for providers who will voluntarily participate in a brief interview. The interview is intended to help CMS better understand the strengths, weaknesses, priorities and burdens associated with the HQRP, how providers ensure the accuracy of submitted data, how the HQRP has impacted patient services and outcomes, and what CMS can do to improve the program and processes in the future. Please see the announcement in the Downloads section below for more information, including how to participate.