Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Special Open Door Forum:
Special Open Door Forum:
Home Health Electronic Clinical Template and Home Health Paper Clinical Template
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
1:00-2:00 pm Eastern Time
Conference Call Only
To assist physicians/practitioners in thoroughly documenting patient eligibility for the Medicare home health benefit, CMS is considering the development of a voluntary home health paperclinical template. A voluntary home health electronic clinical template has been in the development process for the past year. CMS believes the use of clinical templates may reduce burden on the physicians and practitioners who order home health services. CMS will be hosting a series of Special Open Door Forum calls to provide an opportunity for physicians/practitioners, home health agencies and/or all other interested parties to provide feedback on both a paper clinical template and the electronic clinical template for home health services. The first call is Wednesday February 11, 2015.
In fiscal year (FY) 2014, the Comprehensive Error Rate Testing (CERT) program found that more than half of the home health claims were paid improperly. One of the drivers of the home health error rate is inadequate documentation supporting the face-to-face requirement. Of the 630 CERT-reviewed claims found to be errors, 564 (89.5 percent) did not have documentation meeting the face-to-face requirement.
Additional Special Open Door Forum calls on the templates will be held on March 11th, April 8th and May 6th 2015 all at 1 PM Eastern Time.
Here is the link to our event page where the slides will be posted: https://www.cms.gov/Research-
Statistics-Data-and-Systems/ Monitoring-Programs/Medicare- FFS-Compliance-Programs/ Medical-Review/Home_Health_ Medical_Review_Update.html
Feedback and questions on the templates can be sent to: HomeHealthTemplate@cms.hhs.gov
We look forward to your participation.
Special Open Door Participation Instructions:
Participant Dial-In Number: 1-866-501-5502
Conference ID #: 76792263
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A transcript and audio recording of this Special ODF will be posted to the Special Open Door Forum website at http://www.cms.gov/
OpenDoorForums/05_ODF_ SpecialODF.asp for downloading.
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