2017 Home Health Agency Conditions of Participation (CoPs)

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final rule that modernizes the Home Health Agency Conditions of Participation (CoPs). CMS states the final rule, currently expected to go into effect on July 13, 2017, will improve the quality of health care services for all home health patients and strengthen patients’ rights.

CMS states this regulation reflects the most current home health agency practices by focusing on the care provided to patients and the impact of that care on patient outcomes. The main focus is assuring the protection and promotion of patient rights while enhancing the processes for care planning, delivery, and coordination of services. It also builds a foundation for ongoing, data-driven, agency-wide quality improvement.

Home health agencies who are accredited or operate in states with certain regulations will meet much of the intent of the new CoPs, but the rules are overall a big change for many home health agencies. Please note, CMS has not produced the Interpretive guidelines for surveyors which will allow agencies more insight into how these rules will be applied. You should also know, as stated above, the effective date is July but I learned in DC a few weeks ago many in our industry are advocating for these rules to be delayed 6 months to 3 years.

If you have not yet seen the final rule, it can be viewed at the Federal Register website at: https://www.federalregister.gov/public-inspection/current

(*This content was acquired from the CMS website: https://www.cms.gov/…/pr…/home-health-agency-hha-center.html )

If you have any specific questions regarding any of part of this rule, please contact us through email: info@fms-regional.com or message us on Facebook and we will get you to one of our experts.


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