Temporary Moratoria on Enrollment of Home Health Agencies Extended
February 3, 2016 09:18 AM
CMS announced the extension of the temporary moratoria on the enrollment of new Medicare home health agencies (HHAs), subunits, and branch locations in specific locations within designated metropolitan areas in Florida, Illinois, Michigan, and Texas, to prevent and combat fraud, waste, and abuse. These moratoria also apply to the enrollment of home health agencies in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. The extension went into effect January 29, 2016.
As noted earlier, CMS previously imposed moratoria on the enrollment of new HHAs in the Florida counties of Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe; the Illinois counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will; the Michigan counties of Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Washtenaw, and Wayne; and the Texas counties of Brazoria, Chambers, Collin, Fort Bend, Galveston, Dallas, Harris, Liberty, Denton, Ellis, Kaufman, Montgomery, Rockwall, Tarrant, and Waller. These moratoria became effective upon publication of the notice in the Federal Register on July 31, 2013 (78 FR 46339) and the moratoria document on February 4, 2014 (79 FR 6475), and were subsequently extended by documents published in the Federal Register on August 1, 2014 (79 FR 44702), February 2, 2015 (80 FR 5551), and July 28, 2015 (80 FR 44967).