CMS Extends Moratoria on New HHAs in Select Locations
January 30, 2015 02:19 PM
Earlier this week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a six month extension of the moratoria on new home health agencies (HHAs). The extension maintains the moratoria in the same geographic areas as previously and does not expand its geographic application.
Under the authority provided in the 2010 Affordable Care Act, CMS can impose geographic specific, time-limited moratoria in any Medicare and/or Medicaid provider or supplier sector. The moratoria are limited to six months in duration, but CMS has the power to endlessly extend a moratorium in six month segments. The geographic areas covered are counties in and around the following metropolitan areas: Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Detroit, Chicago, Dallas, and Houston.
The notice of the moratoria extension with the specific counties affected is available here.
The extension is effective January 29, 2015.