CMS Extends Medicare Home Health Agency Moratoria Another Six Months
CMS recently announced that it was extending the moratoria on new home health agencies for another six months. CMS did not expand the moratoria to any additional geographic areas. The moratorium affects Miami-Dade, Fort Lauderdale, Detroit, Dallas, Houston, and Chicago areas.
CMS explains that the number of HHAs in those markets remains sufficient to serve beneficiaries while the risk of fraud and abuse in those areas continues. Existing providers and suppliers can continue to deliver and bill for services, but no new provider and supplier applications will be approved in these areas.
This is the second six-month extension of the existing moratoria that will begin on Thursday, July 31. CMS may lift the moratoria earlier or extend it another six months by issuing another notice in the Federal Register. During the moratoria period, CMS and the affected States will continue to monitor access to care to ensure that Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP beneficiaries are receiving the services they need.