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CMS Issues New Home Health Conditions of Participation

Earlier this week the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule surrounding home health Conditions of Participation (CoPs). This is the first CoP update in roughly two decades, and many CoPs have not been updated since they were first created. 

The final rule will be published in the Federal Register on Friday, January 13th and will go into effect on July 13th of this year.  CHAP has done some preliminary work incorporating the proposed COPs into its new draft standards framework, however, CMS's timeline is much more aggressive than what CHAP and other industry organizations recommended in their comments to CMS.  CHAP will be evaluating the final version of CoPs and revise its plans for new standards as appropriate.  Stay tuned to find out how you can hear more information as to the impact of the new CoPs on both current and prospective CHAP customers.   

According to CMS, this update is part of their effort to improve the quality of care provided through Medicare and Medicaid programs. The regulation reflects the most current home health agency practices by focusing on the care provided to patients and the impact of that care on patient outcomes.

CMS, like CHAP's draft new standards, has issued regulations that provide a greater focus on communications and care coordination, person-centered care and quality assessment and performance improvement (QAPI).    

On February 2, from 2-3 P.M. E.S.T, CHAP will host a Town Hall webinar to provide organizations an opportunity to participate in a live Q & A session with CHAP leadership, designed to outline how the new CoPs will impact the current CHAP Standards of Excellence and their upcoming revision. To register visit CHAP Education.

A full copy of the announcement and revisions is available on the CMS Website.

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