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CAH Conference Calls (November 12 & 13, 2013)

November 12, 2013

This week the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will be hosting two conference calls that are relevant to critical access hospitals (CAHs). The first call, on November 12, will include a discussion of the Hospital Inpatient Admission Order and Certification, as well as the “Two Midnight Rule” for inpatient hospital admissions (including CAHs).  The second call, on November 13, is the Rural Health Open Door Forum which will include updates on: federally qualified health center prospective payment system proposed rule, rural health clinic contracting proposed rule, CAH 96 hour rule, and CAH OIG report. 

See below for all call in information to participate in the calls. Recordings of the calls can be located one week after the call at the following locations:   and


Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
Special Open Door Forum:
Final Rule CMS-1599-F: Discussion of the Hospital Inpatient Admission Order and Certification; 2 Midnight Benchmark for Inpatient Hospital Admissions.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
1:00pm – 2:00pm Eastern Time
Conference Call Only

CMS will host a third, follow-up Special Open Door Forum (ODF) call to allow hospitals, practitioners, and other interested parties to ask questions on the physician order and physician certification, inpatient hospital admission and medical review criteria that were released on August 2, 2013 in the FY 2014 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS)/Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) final rule (CMS-1599-F).

Feedback and questions on the two midnight provision for admission and medical review can be sent to . Questions on Part B inpatient billing and the clarifications regarding the physician order and certification should be sent to the subject matter staff listed in the final rule. CMS also recently released New Guidance on the Physician Order and Physician Certification for Hospital Inpatient Admissions. More information on the call can be found at:

We look forward to your participation. Please see the Downloads section for the full participation announcement for more detailed information.

Special Open Door Participation Instructions:
Participant Dial-In Number: 1-866-501-5502
Conference ID #: 98515298 

Participants do not need to pre-register to join this conference. However, because of the expected high call volume, we kindly ask you call in a few minutes prior to the call start.

CMS Rural Health Open Door Forum:
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
2:00-3:00pm Eastern Time
Conference Call Only

**This Agenda is Subject to Change**
I. Opening Remarks
Chair – John Hammarlund, Regional Administrator, Seattle Regional Office
Moderator – Jill Darling, Office of Communications 

II. Announcements & Updates
• Re-Launch
• FQHC Prospective Payment System Proposed Rule
• Rural Health Clinic Contracting Proposed Rule
• Clarifying Guidance: CAH 96 Hour Rule
• CAH OIG Report

III. Open Q&A

**Next ODF: Thursday, January 9th, 2014**


Open Door Forum Participation Instructions:
This call will be Conference Call Only.

 1. To participate by phone:
Dial: 1-800-837-1935 & Reference Conference ID: 70964241.

Persons participating by phone are not required 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: 70964241.

Encore is an audio recording of this call that can be accessed by dialing 1-855-859-2056 and entering the Conference ID. This recording will be accessible beginning 2 hours after the ODF and expires after 2 business days. 

For ODF schedule updates & E-Mailing List registration, visit our website at

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