Special CMS F2F Open Door Forum

Home Health Face-to-Face Encounter Update.

CMS recently announced they are hosting a series of special Open Door forums to allow physicians and other interested parties to give feedback on data elements for a Suggested Electronic Clinical Template for Home Health.

In order to enhance physician understanding of medical documentation requirements to support orders for Home Health services, CMS has developed a list of clinical elements within a Suggested Electronic Clinical Template that would assist physicians when documenting the Home Health (HH) face-to-face encounter for Medicare purposes.

While not intended to be a data entry form, the template will describe the clinical elements that CMS believes would be useful in supporting the documentation requirements for coverage of Home Health services. CMS will work in collaboration with the DHHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) and the electronic Determination of Coverage (eDoC) workgroup which are focused on giving practitioners access to payer approved tools for the electronic submission of medical documentation.

Comments on the document can be sent to eclinicaltemplate@cms.hhs.gov. Additional information is available on the HH Electronic Clinical Template web page.

The first in the series is scheduled for tomorrow, April 22 from 3-4pm ET and it is conference call only. The instructions for participating in the special Open Door Forum are as follows:

  • Participant Dial-In Number: 800-837-1935; Conference ID # 20361722
  • Note: 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.

The remaining forums in this series will be held on the following dates:

  • Thursday, May 8th
  • Thursday, June 19th
  • Wednesday, July 16th