On March 31, 2011, CMS is hosting a special open door forum on its “Study and Report on the Development of Home Health Payment Revisions to Ensure Access to Care, and Payment for Severity of Illness.” The forum is designed to assist CMS in an initiative mandated by the Affordable Care Act to assess home health agency costs associated with providing ongoing access to care for low-income beneficiaries, those in medically underserved areas, and those with varying levels of severity of illness. The HHS Secretary must provide recommendations to Congress on legislative and administrative actions in response to the study by March 1, 2014. To that end, CMS is seeking input on the public’s first-hand experience with serving hard to reach populations and challenges certain beneficiaries may experience in accessing Medicare home health services. CMS has posted the presentation slides and a related literature review on its web site.