By Laura Nelson and Sara Noel
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued a final rule, 42 C.F.R. pt. 484, implementing significant changes to the conditions of participation (CoPs) that home health agencies (HHAs) must satisfy to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.The new CoPs impose additional responsibilities on HHAs related to patient rights, patient assessment and care planning, care coordination and integration, quality assessment and performance improvement, infection control, and recordkeeping. In this alert, we provide an overview of significant provisions in the new CoPs. Except as noted below, the revised CoPs are effective on July 13, 2017.
The primary takeaway from the new CoPs is that HHAs participating in the Medicare or Medicaid programs should review their current policies, procedures and practices against the new CoPs and make modifications as necessary for compliance.
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