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Home Health CoPs Implementation Now Set for January 13, 2018

Tuesday, July 11, 2017  
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On January 13, 2017, the CMS published a completely revised set of rules regarding the Medicare Conditions for Participation for home health agencies. These new rules, which had been in development since the 1990s, were to be effective July 13, 2017. It is the first rewrite of home health CoPs since 1989.

The new CoPs include some important changes for home health agencies, such as Quality Assurance Performance (QAPI), as well as ensuring that patients receive written information about medication, treatment, and care instructions performed by the patients and caregivers.

New home health conditions of participation (CoPs) under Medicaid and Medicare will be delayed for six months, according to a final rule issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on July 7.

The CMS decision delayed the date of home health providers’ CoPs by six months, from July 13, 2017 to January 13, 2018. This decision is a significant win for the home health care community and came after intense lobbying by staffers and members of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC).

The CMS admitted the new CoPs “contain numerous changes that require time for planning, testing, training, and implementation. In order to assure that (home health agencies) have adequate time for all preparation activities, we are finalizing the 6 month delay.”



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