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Capitol Correspondence - 08.11.20

Reminder: CMS to Hold Call on Extension of HCBS Settings Rule Implementation Deadline at 2 pm EDT Today

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We are reprising an announcement we shared on the ANCOR Connected Community (ACC) yesterday for the convenience of our members.

“The next CMS Long-Term Services and Supports Open Door Forum scheduled for:  

Date:  Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Start Time:  2:00 PM- 3:00 PM Eastern Time (ET);

Please dial-in at least 15 minutes before call start time.

Conference Leaders: Jodie Sumeracki, CMCS and Jill Darling, CMS Office of Communications

**This Agenda is Subject to Change**

  1. Opening Remarks

Chair – Jodie Sumeracki (CMCS)

Moderator – Jill Darling (OC)

       2.  Announcements & Updates

           -Discussion of the State Medicaid Director letter extending the deadline for ensuring compliance with the Home and Community-Based Settings Regulation, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the work CMCS is continuing to do on rebalancing the long-term care system..

       3.  Open Q&A

**DATE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE** 

This Open Door Forum is open to everyone, but if you are a member of the Press, you may listen in but please refrain from asking questions during the Q & A portion of the call. If you have inquiries, please contact CMS at [email protected]. Thank you.

Open Door Participation Instructions:

This call will be Conference Call Only.

To participate by phone:

Dial: 1-888-455-1397 & Reference Passcode: 9375124

Persons participating by phone do not need 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.

Instant Replay: 1-866-397-1426; Passcode: No Passcode Needed

Instant Replay is an audio recording of this call that can be accessed by dialing 1-866-397-1426 beginning 1 hour after the call has ended. The recording expires August 13, 2020, 11:59PM, ET.

For ODF schedule updates and E-Mailing List registration, visit our website at http://www.cms.gov/OpenDoorForums/.

Were you unable to attend the recent Long-Term Services and Supports ODF call? We encourage you to visit our CMS Podcasts and Transcript webpage where you can listen and view the most recent Long-Term Services and Supports ODF call. Please allow up to three weeks to get both the audio and transcript posted to: https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Outreach/OpenDoorForums/PodcastAndTranscripts.html.