Open Door Forum

SNF Open Door forum features blockbuster topics

The SNF Open Door Forum to be hosted Thursday by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should get the phone lines burning. PPS Payment reform, 2015 payroll staffing data collection, quality measures and more will be discussed.

CMS 'Open Door Forum' Wednesday

The next Skilled Nursing Facilities/Long-Term Care Open Door Forum operated by federal regulators will be Wednesday.

Special SNF/LTC Open Door Forum on Wednesday

Officials at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have announced that a Special Open Door Forum that was originally scheduled for April 17 will now take place from 1-2:30 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday (May 7). The purpose of the conference call is to provide updated data collection and reporting requirements about the long-term care hospital quality reporting program, as well as time frames and submission deadlines for the fiscal 2016 and 2017 payment update designations.

The value of attending national Open Door Forum calls

The value of attending national Open Door Forum calls

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I often describe the monthly CMS Open Door Forum call as a monthly staff meeting; if you miss the meeting you better read the minutes to see what projects were assigned to you!

Open Door Forum on 'two-midnight' hospital stay policy Tuesday

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is holding a special Open Door Forum conference call at 1 p.m. (Eastern Time) Tuesday to discuss the "two-midnight" hospital inpatient policy. Callers also can ask questions about physician order, physician certification and medical review criteria. They were previously released in August in the fiscal 2014 Inpatient Prospective Payment System/Long-Term Care Hospital final rule.

Jimmo correction: Assistants may provide maintenance services in skilled nursing facilities

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Skilled nursing facilities may be reimbursed for maintenance therapy services performed by assistants, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services clarified in a recent Medicare Benefit Policy manual revision. CMS officials announced and explained the revision in an Open Door Forum call Thursday.

Federal regulators postpone highly anticipated 'Jimmo' conference call until Thursday

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will now hold an eagerly awaited SNF Open Door Forum conference call that will focus on accommodations from the Jimmo case and other hot topics next Thursday. Officials abruptly announced a one-week postponement yesterday. Regulators said they will be making a "Medicare" announcement, and also will address MDS training, and the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes during the call.

National provider call: Tips on application process for Medicare Shared Savings Program

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will be hosting a national conference call on Tuesday for providers interested in applying to take part in the Medicare Shared Savings Program. The 90-minute session starts at 1:30 p.m. Eastern. The Shared Savings Program is designed to help provides take part in Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). On Tuesday, experts will offer tips on completing a successful MSS Program application, and more info on ACOs.

Future of Quality Improvement Organizations the focus of special Open Door Forum

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Providers interested in the future development of Quality Improvement Organizations will want to clear their schedule for 12:30 Eastern Time on Thursday. That's when The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will host an extra edition of its popular Open Door Forum conference call series. The 90-minute session will delve into future possibilities of QIOs, which bring together providers, clinicians, residents and patients to pursue wide-scale improvements and spread best practices in resident and patient care.

CMS to host national conference call focusing on assessments, billing and other top long-term care issues

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The next federal "Open Door Forum" for skilled nursing and long-term care operators takes place at 1 p.m. Thursday. Regulators say they hope to address MDS 3.0, billing, website and ENCORE issues. The monthly hour-long calls are hosted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and are open to all interested stakeholders. Those who want to listen in or ask a question should dial (800) 837-1935 and give reference number 27269788. Officials recommend calling in about 15 minutes early in order to ensure hearing the start of the session.

Federal regulators to address providers' concerns on SNF/Long Term Care conference call

The next monthly Skilled Nursing Facility/Long Term Care Open Door Forum will take place at 2 p.m. (Eastern) on Thursday. The monthly national conference call features officials with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services giving news updates and answering stakeholders' live questions from around the country. Registration for the audio only streaming web forum will open today, according to CMS. For the latest updates on SNF Open Door Forums, click on the headline above and then on the link here.

CMS to discuss top regulatory topics with providers at skilled nursing Open Door Forum

The government's next long-term care "Open Door Forum" conference call will be exactly a week after Thanksgiving on Dec. 1. Providers and other interested stakeholders are invited to take part in this free, monthly conference call and Q & A session hosted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The hourlong event begins at 2 p.m. Eastern. Participants (who will be put on mute until the Q&A portion) are encouraged to call in about 15 minutes early at (800) 837-1935. Use conference I.D. number 93952052.

CMS to disseminate more info about MDS 3.0, other issues and address questions in conference call

Officials with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will be hosting a monthly Skilled Nursing/LTC Open Door Forum a week from Thursday (Oct. 20) — not on Oct. 13, as originally announced. It promises to be anything but a run-of-the-mill provider conference call.

Another CMS conference call will absorb overflow of popular MDS 3.0 update session

Overwhelmed by the initial outpouring of long-term care providers wanting to learn more about pending changes to the MDS 3.0 system, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will host an additional conference call on the subject Thursday. The initial 7,000 telephone lines set up by the government for its Aug. 23 call were quickly snapped up, locking many out. Changes go into effect for fiscal 2012, which begins Oct. 1 this year.

CMS long-term care conference call to feature MDS 3.0 update, updates on other issues

Federal regulators will hold their monthly national conference call for long-term care providers at 2 p.m. Eastern on Thursday. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Skilled Nursing Facility/Long Term Care Open Door Forum is free and open to all interested stakeholders. The proposed agenda is as follows: MDS 3.0 Update; Use of Dash; CMS Net; Claims Processing Clarification; Contact Information Update; QAPI. The hourlong session lasts about an hour and concludes with a wide-ranging question-and-answer session. Participants should call about 15 minutes before the start to (800) 837-1935 (Conference ID 59677634).

Housing for seniors, individuals with disabilities the focus of Special Open Door Forum

New federal initiatives to help people with disabilities, including older adults, find housing options will be the subject of a Special Open Door Forum on Tuesday. The 90-minute conference call begins at 11:30 a.m. (Eastern Time). It is open to all interested stakeholders and can be accessed by dialing (800) 837-1935 and using conference ID number 44280806. The forum will focus on ...

Federal regulators to answer questions at long-term care Open Door Forum

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will host a Skilled Nursing Facility/Long-Term Care Open Door Forum conference call at 2 p.m. (Easter Standard Time) Tuesday for all interested stakeholders. Regulators will update participants on new events and details, and then field questions from anyone attending—in person or on the phone call. To take part in this monthly event, call (800) 837-1935 and give conference ID number 29122620.

Government conference call will let providers give, get an earful on latest MDS 3.0 changes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has hosted free monthly update conference calls for nursing home operators for several years. Next Thursday's edition is bound to be one of the most popular ever. Implementation glitches and other news about the new MDS 3.0 nursing home assessment tool will be the hot topic during the SNF Open Door Forum, which begins at 2 p.m. Eastern. (See the top story at left and the blog entry below for more details and perspective on the subject.) To take part in the call ...

Providers get final session to query federal regulators before MDS 3.0 / RUG-IV start

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will host a skilled nursing / long-term care Open Door Forum conference call for providers at 2 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) Wednesday. It is the final regularly scheduled forum before the scheduled Oct. 1 start of the new MDS 3.0 / RUG-IV assessment and payment systems. They have been called the most dramatic changes for providers in several decades.

CMS Open Door Forum today to focus on MDS 3.0, RAI manual

CMS Open Door Forum today to focus on MDS 3.0, RAI manual

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is gearing up to educate nursing home providers about the coming changes with MDS 3.0. An Open Door Forum, which will cover MDS 3.0 and MDS training, among other topics, is scheduled for this afternoon.

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