Date: Tuesday, January 16 2018
Start Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time (ET)
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**This Agenda is Subject to Change**
I. Opening Remarks
Chair – Tiffany Swygert (Center for Medicare)
Moderator – Jill Darling (Office of Communications)
II. Announcements & Updates
- FY 2019 Wage Index Timeline
- New ‘Communication About Pain’ questions on the HCAHPS Survey, beginning January 2018: http://www.hcahpsonline.org/
- Low Volume Settlement Opportunity Announcement: http://go.cms.gov/LVA
III. Open Q&A
**DATE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE**
Next CMS Hospital/Quality Initiative Open Door Forum: TBD
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