CMS Proposes New Home Health Conditions of Participation
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has issued the long-awaited Home Health Conditions of Participation (HHCoPs).
Home health agencies (HHAs) must meet the Medicare HH CoPs in order to participate in the Medicare program. Agencies that fail to meet any of the HH CoPs are at risk, at a minimum, for the imposition of a number of sanctions and potentially at risk for program termination.
Although CMS has made several significant revisions to the HH CoPs throughout the years, many of the current CoPs have remained unchanged since their inception. In 1997, CMS attempted to revise the HH CoPs with a proposed rule that focused on patient-centered outcome oriented quality standards. However, since CMS did not publish a final rule within the required three years time frame, the proposed rule was rescinded and CMS must issued anther proposed rule.
CMS maintains it commitment to revise the HHCoPs with a focus on a patient-centered, data driven, outcome-oriented process that promotes high quality of care, while at the same time eliminating unnecessary procedural burdens on HHAs.
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