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CMS to Hold a Fourth Open Door Forum on the FY 2014 IPPS Final Rule

On Thursday, December 19, 2013, from 1:00-2:00 pm Eastern Time, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will hold a Special Open Door Forum (ODF) to answer questions from hospitals, practitioners, and other interested parties about the new policies released on August 2, 2013 as part of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS)/Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Final Rule (CMS-1599-F) and corresponding medical review criteria.

Thursday’s ODF will be the fourth in its series of ODFs regarding physician order and certification, hospital inpatient admission and medical review criteria. The most recent ODF discussed the “probe and educate” reviews to be conducted by the MACs. If you missed any of the prior ODFs, a transcript of each ODF can be found on CMS’ website.

To access the ODF, the participant dial-in number is 1-866-501-5502, and the conference ID number is 16505942. For more information, please visit the ODF website. If you have any questions regarding the final rule or questions about the Medicare appeals process, please contact an experienced healthcare attorney at Wachler & Associates at 248-544-0888 or wapc@wachler.com.