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CMS Issues New Conditions of Participation for Home Health

by Blair Stokes

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For the first time in nearly 20 years, the criteria for participating in Medicare and Medicaid home health are changing. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a new final rule for the Conditions of Participation (CoPs) on Monday, and changes take effect July 13, 2017 January 13, 2018. The final rule is part of CMS’s continuing effort to improve quality of care delivered by home health agencies.

[Editor’s Note: A previous version of this blog stated that the new CoPs would take effect July 13, 2017. However, on March 31, CMS proposed delaying the effective date to January 13, 2018. For more information, read the official proposal in the Federal Register, linked here.]

In its 374 pages, the final rule includes updated requirements for:

  • Integrated communication systems
  • Quality assessment and performance improvement (QAPI) programs
  • Coordination of care
  • Patient rights

Read the full-text final rule:
Medicare and Medicaid Program: Conditions of Participation for Home Health

For more information, read the articles below:

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Webinar: Compliance Highlights in Home Health with Arlene Maxim, RN
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Tip Sheet: Frequently Asked Questions: 2017 Home Health Final Rule

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Kinnser Software, Inc. provides web-based solutions that deliver clinical and business results to the home health, hospice and private duty industries. Founded in 2003 and headquartered in Austin, Texas, Kinnser Software serves more than 4,000 home health, therapy, hospice, and private duty home care providers nationwide. Kinnser helps thousands of clinicians and other staff in post-acute healthcare to manage scheduling, billing, electronic visit verification, day-to-day operations, and patient referrals. 

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