The next Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum is scheduled for
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern Time (ET).
Please call at least 15 minutes prior to the forum start time.
**This Agenda is Subject to Change**
I. Opening Remarks
Chair – Hillary Loeffler, Center for Medicare
Moderator – Jill Darling (OC)
II. Announcements & Updates
Hospice Agenda Items:
- Update on electronic submission of hospice Notices of Election
- Hospice Upcoming Training and Education Events
- HIS Modifications After Preview Reports
Home Health Agenda Items:
- Claims Adjustments for 2018 Home Health Rural Add-on Payments
- Posting of Materials from Abt Associates’ Home Health Technical Expert Panel Meeting held on February 1, 2018 (link: https://www.cms.gov/center/
- Clarification in calculation of the cross-setting measure Percent of Residents or Patients with Pressure Ulcers that are New or Worsened
- Changes to the on-demand CASPER reports
- Changes to the calculation algorithm for “Timely Initiation of Care” to align with the new CoP
- Update for HHCAHPS
- Low Volume Appeals Opportunity Announcement
III. Open Q&A
**DATE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE**
Next Home Health, Hospice & DME ODF: TBA
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Open Door Participation Instructions:
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