SNF/LTC Open Door Forum Scheduled – February 14, 2019

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

CMS has just posted the SNF LTC Open Door Forum for the afternoon of February 14, 2019:

Date: Thursday, February 14, 2019

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

This call will be Conference Call Only.  To participate by phone:

Dial: 1-800-837-1935 & Conference ID: 3693669

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.

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

Conference Leaders: Todd Smith & Jill Darling

**This Agenda is Subject to Change**

I. Opening Remarks
Chair – Todd Smith (Center for Medicare)
Moderator – Jill Darling (Office of Communications)

II. Announcements & Updates

SNF QRP Updates
PBJ Update
– For questions related to software or technical requirements, please email:
– For questions related to PBJ policies, please email:

III. Open Q&A

Encore: 1-855-859-2056; Conference ID: 3693669
Encore is an audio recording of this call that can be accessed by dialing 1855-859-2056 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

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