NAHC Calls for Delay to New Conditions of Participation
Earlier this week the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) formally requested that the effective date for the revised Medicare and Medicaid Conditions of Participation (CoP) be pushed back from July 13, 2017, to July 1, 2018. The final rule surrounding the CoP was published on January 13, 2017, by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The official request follows a letter sent to senior CMS Officials by NAHC earlier this month.
According to NAHC, home health agencies require more time to comply with the recent changes, which is the first major CoP revision since 1980. In addition to the cost and effort to implement these changes, agencies are still awaiting guidance from CMS surrounding the revision.
According to a recent piece in Home Health Care News, a home health centered poll showed that 57% of respondents felt that more time was needed to comply with the regulation, while over 28% felt that the rule should be rescinded entirely.
In an effort to assist the agencies we serve to better understand the ruling, on February 9, 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 discuss what is known about the implementation of the new CoPs and how they will integrate with CHAP's Standards of Excellence.
For more information or to register visit CHAP Education.