CMS Schedules Next SNF/LTC Open Door Forum

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare®

The last SNF/LTC Open Door Forum was held back on November 2, 2017. We’ve been waiting for the next ODF!! Here’s the information that CMS posted on February 28, 2018:

The next CMS Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF)/Long Term Care (LTC) Open Door Forum scheduled for:

Date: Thursday, March 8, 2018

Start Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern Time (ET)

Please dial-in at least 15 minutes before call start time.

Conference Leaders: Todd Smith & Jill Darling

**This Agenda is Subject to Change**

  1. Opening Remarks

Chair – Todd Smith (Center for Medicare)

Moderator – Jill Darling (Office of Communications)

  1. Announcements & Updates
  • Low Volume Appeals Opportunity Announcement
  • SNF QRP Update
  • Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) Update

(https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-AssessmentInstruments/NursingHomeQualityInits/Staffing-Data-Submission-PBJ.html)

III. Open Q&A

**DATE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE**

Next ODF: TBD

Mailbox: SNF_LTCODF-L@cms.hhs.gov

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This Open Door Forum is not intended for the press, and the remarks are not considered on the record. If you are a member of the Press, you may listen in but please refrain from asking questions during the Q & A portion of the call. If you have inquiries, please contact CMS at Press@cms.hhs.gov. Thank you.

 

Open Door Participation Instructions:

This call will be Conference Call Only.

To participate by phone:

Dial: 1-800-837-1935 & Reference Conference ID: 31609914

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.

Encore: 1-855-859-2056; Conference ID: 31609914

Encore is an audio recording of this call that can be accessed by dialing 1-855-859-2056 and entering the Conference ID. Encores for ODFs held on Thursdays can be accessed the following Monday. The recording is available for 3 business days.

For ODF schedule updates and E-Mailing List registration, visit our website at http://www.cms.gov/OpenDoorForums/.

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Thank you.