CMS will host a Special Open Door Forum on August 2, 2016. The forum will be a conference call that will take place between 1 and 3:30pm EST. The purpose of the Forum is to solicit comments from stakeholders on issues that relate to future rulemaking by CMS. CMS has identified several areas of concern that include, amongst others, the following:
- Are the nature of payment categories specific enough?
- How many years of data should CMS continue to publish and annually update on its website?
- Are there any specific hurdles presented by the current Sunshine Act/Open Payments definition of a teaching hospital?
- How can CMS define physician-owned distributors for reporting purposes?
These are just a few of the issues on which CMS is seeking comments. You can access a complete set of slides with all topics of interest to CMS here: https://www.cms.gov/OpenPayments/Downloads/2017-physicianfeeschedule.pdf
The call-in number for the Open Door Forum is 1-800-837-1935.
Conference ID # is 44678813.
Here is a link to the Open Payments Events Page with additional information: https://www.cms.gov/OpenPayments/Program-Participants/Events.html
CMS will accept comments related to the Special Open Door Forum through September 6, 2016.
This is an opportunity to shape the future of the Sunshine Act/Open Payments program. I urge all interested stakeholders to review the CMS slides and participate in the Open Door Forum.