CMS to Host Second ODF Call on Proposed Home Health 5-Star Rating System

Special Open Door Forum is scheduled for Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 1:30pm – 3:00pm Eastern Time

Next week, CMS will be hosting an Open Door Forum call on their proposed 5 Star ranking system for home health providers. HCAF reported on this program in last week’s edition of eHighlights regarding concerns HCAF and other association and providers have about the proposed program.

HCAF strongly recommends providers join this call and learn more about this proposed rating system. It is certain that CMS must make changes in order for consumers to be able to accurately determine the true quality of an agency using these ratings. See below for information on the FREE call and make sure to join on February 5th!

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service will host a second Special Open Door Forum (SODF) call to allow consumers, home health agencies (HHAs), and other interested parties to give additional input and feedback on the planned addition of star ratings to Medicare.gov’s Home Health Compare (HHC) web site.

The call follows up on their previous call on this topic and will include:

·       a summary of the comments received on the material presented at the earlier call and on other aspects of the methodology,

·       a presentation of their revised methodology, and

·       plans for next steps.

After the SODF presentation, the phones will be opened for comments and questions. A link to the materials for this SODF, including a slide deck, a summary of the revised proposed HHC star rating methodology, and an updated “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQ) document will be available soon on the Home Health Quality Initiative Spotlight page here.

Comments about the star ratings system can be submitted by email after the call to the following address: HHC_Star_Ratings_Helpdesk@cms.hhs.gov

Special Open Door Forum Participation Instructions:

Participant Dial-In Number: 1-800-837-1935

Conference ID #: 73412220.

After the call, transcript and audio recording of this SODF will be posted to the Special Open Door Forum website here.

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