What You Need to Know About the CMS Open Door Forum

During the most recent Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Home Health, Hospice, and DME (Durable Medicare Equipment) Open Door Forum (ODF), the following information and updates were provided:

FY2023 Hospice Proposed Rule

CMS provided a brief update of the proposed payment rate update (2.7%), wage index changes, and other aspects of the recently released FY2023 hospice proposed rule.  See the detailed NAHC summary and a link to the NAHC recorded webinar here.

Hospice Quality Reporting Program

CMS reminded hospices that the FY2024 annual payment update is based on the CY2022 data submissions.  Hospices must comply with the following HIS and Hospice CAHPS Survey participation requirements to avoid the APU penalty which increases to 4% in FY2024.

  • Submit at least 90% of HIS records within the 30 days of the event date (patient’s admission or discharge) for patient admissions/discharges occurring 1/1/22 – 12/31/22
  • Ongoing monthly participation in the CAHPS Hospice Survey 1/1/22 – 12/31/22

Public reporting of the new claims-based measures

  • Hospice Care Index (HCI), and
  • Hospice Visits in Last Days of Life (HVLDL)

will occur with the May 2022 refresh of Care Compare.  The Provider Preview Reports for this refresh were made available to hospices in their CASPER folders in March.  Hospices should note that the Preview Reports drop off their CASPER folder after 60 days; therefore, hospices are encouraged to download and save or print these reports for future reference.

CAHPS Hospice Survey Star Rating will be reported in August 2022.  It will NOT be reported with the May Care Compare refresh.

What You Need to Know About the CMS Open Door Forum

During the most recent Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Home Health, Hospice, and DME (Durable Medicare Equipment) Open Door Forum (ODF), the following information and updates were provided: HOSPICE FY2023 Hospice Proposed Rule CMS provided a brief update of the proposed payment rate update (2.7%), wage index changes, and other aspects of the…

New Date! CMS Open Door Forum to Focus on OASIS, Hospice Rule, More

The next Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum is scheduled for Wednesday, April 20, 2022 PM at 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern Time (ET). This call will be Conference Call Only. Open Door Participation Instructions: To participate by phone, dial: 1-888-455-1397 & Reference Conference Passcode: 5109694 Please call at least 15 minutes prior to the forum start…

New CMS Open Door Forum to Focus on Hospice Rule, HQRP, More

The next Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum is scheduled for Wednesday, April 20, 2022 PM at 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern Time (ET).

This call will be Conference Call Only.

Open Door Participation Instructions:

To participate by phone, dial: 1-888-455-1397 & Reference Conference Passcode: 5109694

Please call at least 15 minutes prior to the forum start time.

  • Opening Remarks

Chair – Brian Slater, Center for Medicare, CMS

Co-Chair- Kelly Vontran, Center for Medicare, CMS

Moderator – Jill Darling, Office of Communications, CMS

  • Announcements & Updates
    • FY 2023 Hospice Proposed Rule
    • Hospice
      • Rulemaking: Updates on the FY 2023 Hospice Proposed Rule
      • New Resources available for the HQRP
      • Public Reporting: (May 2022 refresh updates)
    • Home Health
      • OASIS
      • Public Reporting (updates on the Interim QAO Performance Reports and the April and July refresh)
    • Home Health Services information on Care Compare
    • Home Health CAHPS Survey Update

III. Open Q&A

 

 

Persons participating by phone do not need to RSVP. TTY Communications Relay Services are available for the Hearing Impaired.  For TTY services dial 7-1-1 or 1-800-855-2880. A Relay Communications Assistant will help.

Instant Replay: 1- 866-430-8798; Conference Passcode: No Passcode Needed

Instant Replay is an audio recording of this call that can be accessed by dialing 1-866-430-8798, 1 hour after the call has ended. The recording expires April 9, 2022, 11:59 PM ET.

New CMS Open Door Forum to Focus on OASIS, Hospice Rule, More

The next Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum is scheduled for Wednesday, April 20, 2022 PM at 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern Time (ET). This call will be Conference Call Only. Open Door Participation Instructions: To participate by phone, dial: 1-888-455-1397 & Reference Conference Passcode: 5109694 Please call at least 15 minutes prior to the…

CMS Provides Quality Reporting and Other Updates in Most Recent Open Door Forum

During the most recent Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Home Health, Hospice, and DME (Durable Medicare Equipment) Open Door Forum (ODF), the following information and updates were provided. HOME HEALTH Home Health Claims Processing Issues Notice of Admission                            CMS officials reported on  a claims processing issue where the NOA is returning to providers…

New CMS Open Door Forum on November 10

The next Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum is scheduled for Wednesday, November 10, 2021 PM 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** Opening Remarks Chair – Brian Slater, Center for Medicare, CMS Moderator – Jill…

Quality Reporting Programs, Payment Update Rules Covered by CMS Open Door Forum

  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held a Home Health, Hospice, & DME Open Door Forum on August 26, 2021.  A summary of the contents for home health and hospice is below. We begin with hospice. HOSPICE CMS shared some of the FY2022 Hospice Payment Policy final rule provisions.  A detailed summary…

New CMS Open Door Forum for Home Health & Hospice on August 26

The next Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum is scheduled for Thursday, August 26, 2021 PM 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** Opening Remarks Chair – Brian Slater, Center for Medicare, CMS Moderator – Jill…

New Home Health & Hospice CMS Open Door Forum on Tuesday, Jan 26

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has scheduled the next Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum is scheduled for Tuesday, January 26, 2021 PM 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** Opening Remarks Chair –…