The American Nurses Association (ANA) has received the following information from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS):
The next Physicians, Nurses & Allied Health Professionals Open Door Forum is scheduled for Tuesday, January 26, 2010 from 2pm-3pm ET. To participate dial 1-800-837-1935, and enter Conference ID 45248914.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) holds these forums to address the concerns and issues of Medicare and Medicaid providers and their staff. Participants have an opportunity to ask questions and make comments directly to CMS staff. The issues are as varied as the providers who participate, but frequent topics include the Physician Fee Schedule, Stark regulations, care plan oversight, payment and documentation rules, Provider Enrollment Chain Ownership System (PECOS), as well as the roles and responsibilities of different healthcare professionals under CMS regulations. Announcements and clarifications regarding rulemaking, quality program initiatives, and other related areas are also discussed.